Updated: 2019, Jul 29

The Inevitable Power of Smoothies by Sarah Fader

The Power of Smoothies

Eating Healthy

I’m passionate about eating healthy. That’s why I invested in an industrial blender so that each morning I could make myself a smoothie. Smoothies, for me, are a great way to consume a vitamin-rich meal quickly. I am a single mom, and I need to get going in the morning.

I don’t have time to make an elaborate breakfast, so I rely on my blender to work its magic and create a delicious smoothie. Part of the reason I love drinking smoothies is that they are quick to make, but the other thing I love about them is that I am doing something healthy for my body by consuming them.

The Blueberry Power Smoothie is my Favorite

My favorite smoothie consists of frozen blueberries, kale, almond milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and banana. Kale has a ton of vitamins in it, including vitamin C and vitamin A. It has over 133 percent of the daily value of both those vitamins. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which fight cancer.

Yogurt has probiotics in it that help regulates digestion. Almond milk has a good deal of protein and helps you to feel full. The cinnamon added to this smoothie is a natural anti-inflammatory. I haven’t created a name for this particular drink, but it is pretty magical.

Smoothies are Actually Potions

The great thing about smoothies is that there are infinite combinations and possibilities with them. You can mix and match fruits and vegetables to create interesting and delicious concoctions. The other advantage to drinking a smoothie is that you can add in ingredients that you might not necessarily want to consume independently.

For example, let’s say that you want to benefit from the vitamin content of kale, you need vitamin C and A in your life, but you cannot stand the taste of kale. The best way to get kale into your body is to throw it into a smoothie and drink it. You won’t taste it and you’ll get the benefit of the ingredients.

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Not Every Smoothie is the Same

Smoothies can vary in taste, they can be sweet or tart. You can alter them to fit your taste buds desire. Another smoothie that I enjoy is a carrot, apple, and ginger. Those three ingredients are a simple yet dynamic and palatable flavor combination.

Smoothies facilitate clean eating in a way that isn’t stressful. Our doctors tell us that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables, yet we are surrounded by processed food in the grocery store. It can be daunting to try to figure out how to eat an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables.

When you are confident that you’re receiving nutrition through smoothies this can relieve your anxiety about your health. That’s a crucial point for me personally.

I often ruminate or obsess about my health. I wonder if I am getting the correct amount of nutrition. I worry about disease and cancer specifically. But when I drink my smoothie on a daily basis, I know that I’m doing everything in my power to stay healthy. Smoothies are great as a meal replacement or as a snack. Sometimes you are craving something to eat, and instead of settling for junk food, you can throw some random fruits and vegetables in your blender and create a delicious treat for yourself that is also healthy.

To Protein or Not, That is the Question

Protein Food

People have mixed opinions about adding protein powder into smoothies. There are some really tasty protein powders out there. Some of them are vanilla, chocolate or even peanut butter flavored. I say it doesn’t distract or take away from the smoothie to put in some protein powder. In fact, it can enhance a potentially boring smoothie into one that is full of spunk and flavor.

Smoothies are What You Make of them

It’s important to remember that smoothies are what you make of them. You can add in flavors and tastes that you personally enjoy. They don’t have to appear green and slimy as you may have seen them depicted in magazines or online. Smoothies are what you make of them quite literally. So you can throw in strawberries, peanut butter, rice milk, spinach and yogurt and make yourself a unique and nutritious meal.

Here’s another crucial point that people may not understand or recognize: a smoothie can absolutely be a meal replacement. There’s nothing wrong with drinking your food. Just because you are drinking it as opposed to chewing it doesn’t make it any less nutritious for you.

Go the Store – Let’s do this!

So what are you waiting for? Go to the grocery store and load up your cart with some fruits and vegetables that you’ve been procrastinating eating. Next, throw in some flavors that you like, peanut butter or chocolate are good examples and make yourself something that you will actually enjoy drinking. You’ll feel good about yourself and your body as a result.

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Sarah Fader

Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of the non-profit organization Stigma Fighters. She has bee

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