Smoothies & the Benefits of Blending
It seems everywhere you turn these days you can find some sort of blended beverage on offer. From juices to açai bowls to smoothies, it seems we live in a world obsessed with liquid food. For those of you who’ve been through the doors here at Gymbox, you know we’re on board too, with our Replenish Smoothie Bar. So why the hype?
Convenience, health, athletic performance, and enjoyment are a few reasons that begin to scratch the surface of the benefits of blending. In case you haven’t already jumped on the smoothie train, read on to find out what you’ve been missing!
In a fast-paced world it can be challenging to find healthful options for food on the go. Smoothies are quick to prepare, and even more convenient when made for you with care and quality ingredients. Unlike the offerings at fast-food restaurants, smoothies can be packed with nutrients and free from unhealthy trans fats, artificial flavours, and added sugars. Smoothies are easy to carry, quick to consume, and require no utensils. It doesn’t get any easier than that! Be mindful when buying smoothies instead of making your own: while they can be packed with healthful ingredients, purveyors can still load them up with calories. Choose options where you are able to see an ingredient list, and a caloric breakdown of the smoothie recipe. That way you can be sure of what you’re eating.
More Fruits and Veggies
Although many of us are aware of the number of servings of fruits and vegetables we should consume in a day, lots of us still find it a challenge to get them in. A blended smoothie is a great option for adding multiple servings of both (depending on the recipe), and will help you consume a broad spectrum of nutrients. Increasing your consumption of healthful nutrients can help you to reach your fitness and weight loss goals by filling you up with quality calories versus empty calories, and can help give you the energy to power through your day, not to mention your next workout!
Fuel for your Workouts
A fruit forward smoothie is packed with healthy carbohydrates. These carbs are digested relatively quickly, allowing your body to convert them into energy which can then be used to power up your workout. If you’ve ever gone hungry through a training session, you’ll know firsthand the feelings of sluggishness that accompany your hungered state. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to stave off hunger and help you get more from your workout than had you trained without anything to eat. Just make sure you don’t gulp the whole thing down five minutes before you hit the gym!
Many smoothies are rich in antioxidants, especially those containing berries and/or leafy greens. Other frequent smoothie stars such as nuts, seeds, dates, and milk are antioxidant rich, too. Why is this beneficial for recovery? Antioxidants can help your body fight off and repair the damage cause by inflammation, which is at the root of the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) you feel a day or two after a tough workout. While minor and occasional muscle soreness isn’t a hindrance, persistent DOMS can compromise the quality of your training. Especially if you train regularly and at a high intensity, consider adding antioxidant-rich smoothies to your diet as part of your recovery regimen.
Fibre helps keep you feeling fuller longer, and prevents your body from absorbing some of the calories from the foods you eat. This alone might be reason enough for you to consider upping your fibre intake, but additional benefits can include decreasing your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, lowering your odds of Heart Disease, and improving the health of your gut bacteria. Blending foods into a smoothie also maintains much more of their fibre than does juicing, making smoothies a superior choice if you’re interested in reaping the benefits of more fibre in your diet. The fibre in smoothies also lowers their glycemic index in comparison to juices, giving you another reason to choose blended fruits and veggies over juiced ones.
Whether it’s at home or on the go, smoothies are a great way to add a quick and easy source of healthy nutrients to your diet. Try blending one up at home or swing by Replenish to start seeing the effects of their many benefits, and keep on blending for continued health and wellness!