- 1 handful of Spinach
- 1 handful of Kale
- 2 stalks of Celery
- 1 Pear
- 1 Green Apple
- 1/2 Banana
- 1/2 cup of Green Tea
- 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds
So as you all know…I am not a breakfast person, so these Fruits & Veggies Smoothies I make are what I consider breakfast. I love this concept because the smoothies are loaded with nutrients and vitamins but they are so easily digested that I can have them either before or after my workouts. Today I also want to use my All-Greens Smoothie as an example to mention some of the benefits we I get from Breakfast Smoothies.
Spinach: I have mentioned some of the wonderful benefits of eating Spinach in my all About Spinach post, but basically if consumed pre-workout, helps boost energy; if consumed post-workout it can help build muscle; spinach also has a number of benefits for younger looking skin!
Kale: Excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium. According to bestforjuicing.com, a cup of kale contains 133% of the daily value of Vitamin A!!
Celery: Aside from being an excellent source of healthy fibers as well as vitamins and nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamins A, C, B1,B6 among others…according to juicing-for-health.com, if consumed post-workout, it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body!
Pears: Drinking pear juice is considered to be a Natural Source of Energy, to helps boost the immune system and to have anti-inflammatory properties!
Apples (Green): Did you know that the majority of the vitamins and nutrients in apples are actually found in the skin??? Well, they are!! And according to juicing-for-health.com, the skins of apples are loaded with anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties! They also mention that if consumed post-workout, fresh apple juice can help reverse muscle tiredness and stiffness! Thank goodness, because I am super sore lately!!!
Banana: It is widely known that bananas are packed with nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin c and b, potassium and magnesium, among others. Eating one banana before working out can boost up to 2 hours of intense training!
Green Tea: So I started adding green tea to my smoothies after reading an article* on medicalnewstoday.com. Basically it mentions that drinking Green Tea on a daily basis can “potentially have positive effects on EVERYTHING from Weight Loss to Liver Disorders to Type 2 Diabetes” !!! This totally impressed me since my family has a long history of Diabetes…so I want to take care of myself in this aspect from NOW! I have become very interested in green tea now, I want to try and learn more about it and share it with you guys in another post.
Chia Seeds: It has been advertised for aiding weight loss a lot, but more and more researches are coming out implying that including Chia Seeds into your diet may have many other benefits…but weight loss has not been proven to be one of them. Nevertheless, this is a highly nutritional seed!! According to webmd.com, 2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds contain 11 grams of healthy Fiber PLUS vitamins and nutrients. They are original from Mexico, where “Chia” literally means strength…thus Chia Seeds are definitely an energy booster! This is another “superfood” I want to learn more about and make a full post later on for you guys!
What is the conclusion of all this information????
Adding any of the above ingredients into your diet will bring plenty of healthy benefits; mixing them all together into a Green juice, is a total Energetic Health BOMB!!
If you are only getting started with making Fruits & Veggies Juices/Smoothies, try my First Fruits & Veggies Juice, the one I started out with or just make your own combo using 70% Fruits and only 30% veggies!
P.D: Feel free to check out these links to find out more about the benefits of juicing!