Trying to figure out how to get all of the servings of vegetables and fruits that you need on a regular basis can often times be a daunting task. My quick answer is, if it can be put into a smoothie then do it. There are several benefits to drinking a smoothie but here are a few: 1. It saves time. 2. You can mask some things that may not taste that great on their own. 3. Improves digestion 4. Kids love them 5. Detox 6. Weight loss (If used for meal replacement) 7. Beauty(Healthy hair, nails, and skin) 8. Strengthen your immune system.
Here is a quick and easy smoothie that gives you so many benefits at one time. True, it has several ingredients but you can omit as you need to or use these same base ingredients daily with other combinations. The following will yield three 8 ounce cups. For me, I do this and then pass the other two cups to my husband and son.
6 whole strawberries- excellent source of an antioxidant (http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/arthritis-and-pain/10-health-benefits-of-strawberries/)
10 blueberries- supports digestion- https://draxe.com/health-benefits-blueberries/
¼ avocado- high in nutrition- http://healthiestfoods.co.uk/why-are-avocados-good-for-you
1 peeled banana- http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271157.php
1 bundle of kale (3 to leaves)- immunity boost- https://draxe.com/health-benefits-of-kale/
1 teaspoon of Cod Liver Oil- immunity boost- http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270071.php
4 ounces of cranberry juice- excellent source of an antioxidant- http://www.nola.com/healthy-eating/2015/11/six_health_benefits_of_cranber.html
10 chunks of pineapple- anti-inflammatory- http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276903.php
1 cup of yogurt- high in probiotics- http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/All-Star-Foods/Milk-Dairy/Article-Viewer/Article/85/health-benefits-of-yogurt.aspx
****Please be aware of the natural sugars that each of the fruits contain as it relates to your glucose levels
****If you are allergic to either of these items, find a comparable substitute