Green Smoothies: The trend, are they healthy, beneficial, or a fad?

As some of my readers are aware of, one of my goals for 2015 was to incorporate a green smoothie for breakfast daily. I signed up for a 30 day challenge through Simple Green Smoothies. The challenge seemed like an easy way for my to incorporate a variety of green smoothies that everyone seems to rave about. Then my nutrition mind kicked on…

I completed two weeks (14 days) of the green smoothie challenge and began to take note of a few things. I was eating more vegetables; well, drinking. I didn’t notice a huge long-term change in my energy levels throughout the day. I did have more energy in the first 30 minutes of drinking the smoothie but then I had the infamous crash. I felt like I drank a red bull or had a few shots of espresso that wore off very quickly. I didn’t like this feeling and knew what it was related to. These drinks can be good for some, but my body didn’t agree with them.

Where the trend came from

The green smoothie trend was introduced in 2010 by Dr. Oz and became mainstream in 2013.The trend has been carrying strong since its’ introduction.

Nutrition concerns 

  • Green smoothies have raised concerns about oxalates, which form oxalic acid, which has been linked to kidney stones. Oxalates are common in plant foods such as raw spinach and Swiss chard.
  • High usage of fruits in smoothies to make the sweet, takes away from the nutrient value of the drink. Using more vegetables than fruits in smoothies. Veggies have an abundant amount of antioxidants and less sugar than fruits.

 

If you are interested in trying green smoothies, please do your research first. Pay attention to your body, it will tell you your tolerance.

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