- Last updated on April 6th, 2018 -
There is nothing as good as eating food which you’re so sure gives you the most important nutrients to keep you going and become a healthier person than you were yesterday. Vegetables are capable of supplying you with some of the essential nutrients and vitamins in the fastest way possible.
More consumption of vegetables is good and nutritious because it enables you to reduce some disease risks like getting cardiac problems, stroke and it also helps maintain the blood pressure to be at the right levels, meanwhile vegetables are also good in improving your skin and make you keep younger.
For you who loves to make your own smoothie with your favorite blender, it is important to have vegetables as part of your smoothie that way you will keep feed up your body with all good things and also you will be able to get the antioxidants from the veggies which are important to the body and general health.
Green leafy vegetables in your smoothie allow your digestive system to absorb nutrients from the smoothie in a slow and direct way making it one of the best ways to enrich your body with these nutrients. All the nutrients available in the vegetable before going through the blender end up in your smoothie which therefore means you have a guarantee to get the nutrients.
There are different families of vegetables available out there to give you different types of nutrients. That is why it is always advisable to consider rotating them whenever you want to prepare a smoothie so you don’t get bored easily and keep your body get the different benefits from each of them.
The following are the following are the best vegetables for smoothies to enable you get that extra nutrient bonus when you want.
If you are serious about getting nutrients in large amounts from vegetables especially the green ones then you have to include this Queen of Greens to your list. With its nutrient density makes it one of the healthiest vegetable that could add to your smoothie For all your vitamin C, vitamin K, antioxidant, fiber, carotene and calcium needs, ensure that kale is part of the vegetables you have planned to blend.
Antioxidants are good for the body and so is kale. It is the most preferred vegetable when it comes to boosting of body immunity and being free from diseases.
Spinach is one type of leafy vegetable with excellent source of fiber and what is known as vitamin-K. Apart from that, spinach is also packed with essential nutrients to reduce the risk of different forms of cancer. Regular use of spinach in your smoothie helps in reducing blood pressure, making bones stronger by increasing their density and it also helps the brain to function properly.
In addition spinach also high in vitamin A and related compounds such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein that act as protection for your eyes. A cohort study of 36,644 United States male health professional found that spinach intake was correlated with a lower risk of developing cataracts.
3. Beet Greens
They have been used from ancient times as one of the best vegetables to provide the body with essential nutrients to stay healthy. These green leafy vegetables date back to 2000 B.C when they were grown in the area around Mediterranean.
Their leaves contain a variety of nutrients and vitamins if you never knew that. Detoxify your body by including the leaves in you smoothie and be guaranteed to get vitamins, K and A to strengthen your bones and regulate your blood pressure.
These vegetables are also rich in protein, iron and vitamin B6 and B1. They should be used within three days after refrigeration so as to get the maximum amount of nutrients.
4. Collard Greens
These vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins K,C and A just like kale and cabbage. You can substitute them with kales whenever you need to do so since they have almost similar nutrients and vitamins.
They have a good fiber content compared to other vegetables. They are a good option when it comes to detoxification and cleaning your digestive system to make it function well.
This vegetable member of Chenopodiaceae family is also known to different people as Swiss Chard. Do not mistake this vegetable with spinach as many people do. There are many varieties of char such as Fordhook Giant, Ruby Chard, Argenta and Bright Lights. Fordhook is the most popular variety grown in the United States.
This vegetable comes packed with vitamin A,C, E and K. Some of the minerals you can get from this vegetable include potassium, magnesium, copper, sodium and manganese. Chard has been used for the treatment for ulcers, tumors and leukimia, while some of other benefits from consuming chard are:
- Controls sugar amounts in the blood
- Better digestion because it improves it
- Blood pressure regulation
- Good in detoxification of the body
- Can help to curb inflammation
- Boosting of the immune system
- Increases bone density
Yes fennel can help you if you have anemia, constipation, menstrual problems, eye problems, flatulence and diarrhea. You can as well eat this vegetable as part of your smoothie to help in blood pressure regulation. Study also found that fennel also contains the phytochecmicals anethole and other terpenoids that have been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties.
Fennel also good in detoxification because after consume it, the frequency of urination increases meaning it cleans the body. Fot breastfeeding mothers, fennel also recommended to help them get more milk for their baby. It stimulates milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
7. Dandelion Greens
Apart from being nutritional dandelion greens also have a medicinal value. They are a good source of vitamin E, C and K. They also have calcium and enough iron which the body needs to stay healthy. Include dandelion in your smoothie and be sure to boost body immunity and reduce the risk of cancer.