Although most people are aware of the benefits of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, not everyone knows just how important protein is for your body. Protein is one of the four macronutrients that your body needs on a day-to-day basis (the other three are fats, carbs and water). Protein is essential for our bodies to work properly. The key to replacing meals with clean, green smoothies AND feeling good is to combine protein with healthy fats. This power combo will keep you feeling full and give you the energy you need to make it to your next snack or meal.
Because your body burns protein slower than carbs, protein is important to prevent blood pressure spikes that can not only make you feel weak and dizzy, but can also lead to serious health issues down the road.
Another great benefit of protein is that when your body has enough, it doesn’t have to resort to burning muscle for the energy it needs so your muscles stay strong and toned. That’s why drinking a protein-rich smoothie after a workout is an excellent way of replenishing your body!
2). Change up your liquid base from time to time. Water is wonderful for smoothies, but it’s also nice to incorporate different liquids occasionally for an additional nutrient and vitamin boost. Not to mention a flavor boost! Coconut water is one of our favorite additions, because it’s high in potassium, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. For a creamier texture, try unsweetened nut milk like coconut or almond, which are both packed with bone-building calcium and Vitamin E.
Andrea Stewart Roa, M.S.
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