Every morning, most Americans run into a coffee shop for a fresh brew to start their day, and might even add on a pastry or bagel for their breakfast meal. Often times, they grab something for their kids while they are at it.
This means that Americans start their day with unhealthy fats, excess carbohydrates, and empty calories, while harming their nervous systems with caffeine. A healthy alternative is simple, enjoy a nutrient rich smoothie filled with fruits and vegetables.
Green smoothies generally contain both fruits and vegetables of all varieties, which are blended together with a liquid base, such as water. Spinach is a great ingredient to use in green smoothies because it is an exceptional source of protein. Many people might not be entirely keen on mixing fruits and vegetables for a morning meal at first, but those who try it once get hooked.
For instance, Gia Gentile from West Hills says, “I never expected to enjoy green smoothies as much as I do. The same way that I was once addicted to coffee, I am now addicted to how well I feel every time I drink a smoothie. I never feel groggy anymore like I used to.”
Infusing the body with a surge of fresh fruits and vegetables ensures an immediate awakening of the brain, which creates an invigorating rush of energy that lasts throughout the day, and overtime, enhances one’s overall well-being. Hillary Greanleaf, writing for vegkitchen.com states, “Green smoothies will provide you with a lasting source of energy. Fruits are a good source of energy, but eaten alone will only provide short bursts of energy (they contain lots of sugar, which are quickly metabolized). Because of their high content of veggies, green smoothies have a balanced sugar content.”
Therefore, green smoothies are an optimal way to jump start a day with energy, while introducing more vegetables into a diet and providing incredible hydration.
Another bonus to enjoying green smoothies as a morning meal is that they are an ideal fast food. Not only do kids happen to love them, but they are quick and easy to make at home, as well as quick to order at the local juice bar.
A new window of free time can be added to a day by having smoothies for breakfast because the lines at juice bars are hardly ever long, especially when compared to coffee shops. Additionally, unlike cooking breakfast in the morning, smoothies are simpler to make and the clean up is easier.
A favorite local spot for green smoothies is Tarzana Whole Foods. This Whole Foods is outstanding for freshly made green smoothies because it uses locally grown, organic, and in-season produce to make the drinks. Try the Energizer smoothie at Tarzana Whole Foods and enjoy the first of many positively enhanced days.