Fruit and vegetable shake: tasty drink or health elixir?
Fruit and vegetable smoothies are really tasty and healthy, rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. They can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, or as a substitute for juices or various other drinks purchased at the supermarket, which are mostly full of sugars and preservatives.
Difference between healthy shakes and centrifugates.
Smoothies are made by blending fresh fruit and vegetables in a blender. You can add milk or yoghurt (smoothie) or ice, coconut water, ice cream, or frozen fruit (milkshake).
The centrifuged products are obtained by centrifuging with the centrifuge into which fruit and vegetables are placed and from which the juice is extracted (even a minimum of pulp passes through).
Unfortunately, the centrifuge has a fairly high extraction speed, therefore fruit and vegetables are subject to heating with a significant loss of nutrients, even if a part of vitamins and mineral salts survive.
They are recommended for those who need to hydrate, purify themselves, those suffering from water retention, and those who are convalescing.
What is the substantial difference then? Shakes are high in fibre while centrifugates contain little fibre and a lot of water.
Fruit: To peel or not to peel?
Good question: obviously yes in smoothies, but in centrifuged it depends, the peel contains most of the nutrients but it must be organic and not sprayed with various pesticides and poisons.
Why is it better to make juice at home than buy it?
The answer is only one: sugar, sugar, and more sugar (preservatives, additives, and dyes as optional). With a very small expense, you can buy small appliances and you can get healthy homemade drinks.
Fruit and vegetables shake: types
How many healthy smoothies can you make? Many and all with different benefits, obviously it depends on the ingredients:
Smoothies break hunger;
Smoothies for tanning;
Each of these smoothies has particular characteristics and beneficial properties.
The health benefits of smoothies.
Fruit and vegetable smoothies may contain:
Mineral salts (selenium, manganese, magnesium, etc);
Excellent against constipation;
To eliminate toxins;
To stock up on vitamins and replenish mineral salts;
It is good for the whole digestive system (they relieve inflammation of the gastric mucosa, improve the flora and intestinal transit);
Regenerate the body;
To heal the skin;
To keep an eye on the line;
Against stress and fatigue;
Promote tissue oxygenation and hydration.
Fruit and vegetables are the main ingredients for making a healthy smoothie. You can safely make just fruit or just vegetables because they have different properties and will probably taste better too.
Obviously, you can add water to the smoothie (but in this case you risk diluting it too much), vegetable milk (much better than cow’s milk, therefore less fat and calories), coconut water (ideal for purifying, staying in shape, and having a skin splendid) or yoghurt (lactic ferments).
Attention: fruit smoothies are more caloric than vegetable ones, so it is good not to overdo it, vegetables ones are more recommended for those who want to stay in line.
Here are some of the main ingredients:
Pineapple: rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium but above all in bromelain, a powerful anti-inflammatory ideal against cellulite. Excellent for purifying the body;
Apple: rich in fibre and vitamins, excellent for purifying, relieving heartburn, and strengthening the immune system;
Avocado: contains a lot of vitamins E and B and many good fats, as well as fibre, excellent against high cholesterol, constipation and to improve the skin;
Mango: antibiotic, purifying, diuretic and laxative, excellent against water retention, dull skin, and headaches;
Carrot: rich in vitamins, antioxidants, iron, and beta-carotene, excellent for strengthening the immune system, producing melanin (tan is just around the corner), and for slowing down the ageing process;
Papaya: antioxidant, excellent for digestion;
Kiwi: very rich in vitamins, excellent against inflammation, against the signs of ageing and to support the immune system;
Celery: ideal for lowering blood sugars, against nervous hunger and to facilitate digestion;
Cucumber: purifying, diuretic and detoxifying, excellent for improving the appearance of the skin and for purifying the body, as well as getting rid of water retention;
Spinach: rich in mineral salts, excellent against bone degeneration, as an energy snack and breaks hunger.
Obviously then you can add peaches, apricots, plums, blackberries, strawberries, and other fruit or vegetables but the above ingredients are the basis.