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Food, Magazine, Spring 2017: The Easter Issue

Spring Detox Smoothies

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Losing weight and a healthy lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint. Crash diets and exercising strenuously in short bursts will only get you temporary results. You will have meals that are not up to par; you will have ups and downs. My fiancée and I bought a book called 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith that helped us get a baseline for healthy meal substitutions. Using that book as a guide, here are some foods you can use to create detox smoothies to your liking.

Pineapple

You can’t go wrong with it. Every smoothie that included pineapple was delicious. This tropical fruit helps with vision, digestion, bone strength, and immune system support. The immune system support is particularly useful during this nasty flu season.

Banana

This fruit will always give some substance to your smoothies. The creaminess that gives the proper smoothie volume can be achieved by using them. They also are great for digestion and heart health.

Spinach

I know this one is a hard sell for some. However, the only thing you have to deal with is the color. Once you blend this in with your fruit, you won’t be able to taste it much, if at all. You will get all of the health benefits ranging from cardiovascular health, blood pressure, memory, and colon health.

Peaches

This fruit is good for just about any smoothie you want to make. The flavor isn’t overpowering, and it goes well with any of the foods listed above. Peaches also help with the nervous system and fighting obesity.

Protein Powder

This one is important. If you go on a full detox diet, you will need this added energy. This makes a big difference in your smoothies because it will give you the much-needed energy in-between servings.

Seeds

Sometimes, big health comes in small packages. Adding chia seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds to your smoothies will pack a huge punch to the overall health of the drink. Chia seeds are fantastic for everything from protein and antioxidants and are great for heart health. They also give a much-needed boost of fiber, which most people don’t get nearly enough of in their diets.

Nuts

You will go nuts when you hear about how good almonds are for you. Almonds provide significant health benefits from helping out with lowering cholesterol to being great for blood sugar regulation and control. Diabetes is at its highest point, and almost all of these ingredients thus far can help taper the risk of developing them due to poor diet.

These are just a few ideas on some ingredients that will add taste and health into your diet. Everyone knows fruit and veggies are good for you, but sometimes knowing exactly how they are helping makes it easier to seek them out. It’s not very compelling to just say that sugar is bad, and apples are good. Knowing what each does to your body specifically makes it much easier to turn on the blender and make the right choices.

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