ASC Cares Tip of the Day: IT’S GOOD TO EAT A RAINBOW

I know…I know, you can’t really eat a rainbow. But you can get a tremendous nutritional boost by incorporating a colorful variety of fruits and veggies in a smooth and delicious drink.

Caregivers and patients alike can enjoy the process of blending the ingredients and, of course, drinking the result.

1. Enhanced Nutrient Absorption

Green vegetables like kale, spinach, collard greens, and lettuce are nutrient powerhouses. When blended in a smoothie, the nutrients in these leafy greens are released and readily absorbed into the bloodstream.

2. Increased Energy

With enhanced nutrient absorption, you become invigorated and energized!

3. Improved Digestion

Smoothies, as opposed to juices, utilize the whole fruits and veggies that go into them.  The abundant fiber in leafy greens, when consumed in a hydrating smoothie, will help you reach optimal digestibility.

4. Boost Your Immune System

Loaded with phytonutrients, leafy greens strengthen your immune system and help you stave off illness all year long.

5. Healthy Bones

Dark leafy greens are rich in calcium and vitamin K, which is necessary in ensuring calcium reaches your bones and not your tissues.

6. Heart Health

Rich in antioxidants like vitamin A and C, greens in smoothies can significantly lower cholesterol, decreasing your risk of heart attack or stroke.

7. Get that Glow

Full of antioxidants, green smoothies reduce the signs of aging as well as hydrate your skin.

8. Consume those Veggies without even Realizing it!

Most people struggle to get enough greens, which are excellent sources of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll replenishes and rebuilds red blood cells, rejuvenating your body.

9. Reduce Unhealthy Cravings

When you consume whole, unprocessed, nourishing foods, you naturally start to crave those healthy foods over unhealthy sweet, salty, and fatty ones.

10. Mind over Matter

Believe it or not, consuming green smoothies makes you more likely to engage in other healthy habits. Because the human mind thrives on consistency, one healthy habit leads to another. So after adding kale or spinach to your smoothie, you may be more likely to try out that yoga class you’ve been thinking about or opt for a side salad instead of fries when eating out.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The contents of this and other individual articles are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. The information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of health professionals we follow and their respective communities. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. 

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