Not everyone realizes that they really should educate themselves if they are considering going on a green smoothie diet. Just like all diets that are out there, you really need to know everything about the diet no matter how healthy the claims are. It’s also important to always check with your personal doctor before going on a diet including a green smoothie diet.
Common Tips for a Green Smoothie Diet
If you feel you are ready to start your own green smoothie diet, here are a few common tips that should help you get started and lose weight by adding green smoothies in your diet.
Try to follow what’s known as the 60/40 formula when making any green smoothie. When you first start your green smoothie diet, don’t start off by just throwing things into your blender. If you do that, the chances are that it’s going to taste pretty nasty and you’ll never want another green smoothie as long as you live. You should find recipes first and follows those before going off on your own and trying to make up your own recipes. You also should start off with adding 60% fruit and 40% veggies and eventually add more if you want to.
Always blend in stages so you avoid leafy chunks in your green smoothie. If you end up having to chew your green smoothies it really isn’t much fun and can totally turn you off. To make sure that you get a really smooth green smoothie drinking experience you should always blend your leafy greens and the liquid you put in first. Then once that’s done add your fruits and blend it all together.
Get rid of ice and try freezing some of your fruits instead. If it happens to be really hot on a day you’re making your green smoothie and you want it extra chilly then freeze some of your fruits. Some of the best fruits to freeze would be bananas, grapes, berries, and pineapple. This is also a great way to keep your fruits from going bad and cuts down on wasting the fruit. If you want you can also freeze some of your leafy greens in freezer safe bags. Just make sure to put the frozen veggies in the blender right away because you don’t want to thaw these out.
If you feel that you need to add a little more sweetness to your green smoothies make sure that you use only raw natural sweeteners. This means use fruits that are sweeter like mango, apples, pears, bananas, dates, or natural honey. Avoid using processed sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Think about making your smoothies ahead of time so you have the ideal fast food waiting for you. You can actually prepare your smoothies in the blender the night before and then store them in your fridge. Make sure to use a lid that’s airtight to cut down on the oxidation and keep them fresh as possible. Then just shake it up when you’re ready to drink. Just don’t leave the smoothie in the fridge longer than two days before drinking.
Something You Should Know About Green Smoothies
Even though a green smoothie diet can be extremely healthy and beneficial, for some people there can be some adverse symptoms that they might experience due to an imbalance that greens can cause if you’re not used to consuming so much at one time. Below are the symptoms of this and you should look for them so that you can either cut back on the greens or maybe even stop the green smoothie diet if need be.
• Inconsistent appetite
• Pain or gas after eating
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Dry hair or skin
• Variable levels of energy
• Bad circulation
• Joint pain
• Poor concentration
• Poor memory
• Mood swings
For some people these types of smoothies can be hard to digest because of the high fiber content and helps to make you feel full longer. Even though most people believe this is a good thing, for some people this isn’t and indicates they are having issues with their digestion.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed here but you don’t want to totally give up on drinking green smoothies here are a few tips you can consider to make these smoothies a little safer for your system:
• Try adding a pinch of turmeric and/or ginger and squeeze some lemon into the greens mix to help with your digestion.
• Avoid drinking super cold green smoothies. If you are suffering from the adverse symptoms you should make sure to drink your smoothies at room temperature. The colder the drink the harder it is on your digestive system.
• Keep all the ingredients to a minimum. The simpler and less dense they are the better you’ll feel.
• Try adding some coconut oil to offset the often dry and fibrous qualities of the vegetables. By adding a little fat will help facilitate much better absorption of the nutrients in the veggies as well.
• Don’t add any superfoods to your smoothies, even though superfoods are wonderful, they can make the smoothie even heavier.
• Only drink green smoothies a couple of times a week instead of drinking them on a daily basis like many people do.
• Even though many say this is a bad thing to do, cook the veggies for about 25 minutes before you add them to your smoothie. Yes, some nutrients will be lost, however, it will help your body digest the smoothies much easier, just don’t add as much liquid as you would with raw veggies.