Smoothies have always been popular in the health world as both a treat and a healthy alternative to decadent cold drinks. But health enthusiasts looking for a way to detoxify or loss weight take smoothie-drinking to the next level in the form of the Green Smoothie Diet.
In a nutshell, the Green Smoothie Diet is a low calorie health program wherein a smoothie composed of leafy green vegetables is primarily consumed during the span of 3-day, 10-day or 30-day cleanses. Other healthy unprocessed foods are also incorporated in the program as supplement for the lack of other food groups. The diet has been lauded for its power in jump starting weight loss and is a recommended prelude cleanse for those looking to lose large amounts of excess weight.
Aside from aiding in weight loss, the Green Smoothie Diet also boasts other benefits especially in the health and wellness department.
Green smoothies are rich in dietary fiber which helps in maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Book guides to the Green Smoothie Diet also lists allergies, constipation, insomnia, and yeast infections as ailments the diet prevents. Being rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, green smoothies, aid in defending the body against diseases and help in the absorption of essential nutrients that the body needs.
Not to mention is the practicality of the Green Smoothie Diet. In general, smoothies are very easy and fast to prepare. Thus, the Green Smoothie Diet is perfect for people who don’t have much time to cook or prepare healthy but complicated meals. Bullet blenders will do most of the work leaving the person with simple chopping and leisurely drinking. Smoothies are also a great way to ingest many fruits and vegetables faster and easier especially for those who don’t like the taste of vegetables.
How it’s done
In this diet, leafy greens such as kale and lettuce are pureed in a high power food blender to produce ‘whole food drinks’ in replacement of normal full, solid meals. Some recommend darker leaf vegetables such as parsley, arugula and spinach among many others for a more nutrient-packed drink. Sweet fruits may also be added to mask the bitter taste of the green smoothie.
People on the Green Smoothie Diet are also encouraged to consume other solid foods to eat with the smoothie as long as they are unprocessed.
The amount and frequency of intake depends on the program that a person chooses. A quarter of a gallon of green smoothie is usually enough to see results eventually. A person may also choose between a full cleanse or a modified cleanse.
A full cleanse entails having three green smoothie meals a day for a 10-day program together with light snacks and tea. People claim to lose around 10-15 pounds on this program. However, a full cleanse program should only be done for less than two weeks and should not be taken as a long-term weight loss diet plan as it may cause damage to the person’s health.
Meanwhile, the moderate cleanse does not promise a weight loss as drastic as the full cleanse. Drinking two smoothie meals a day together with eating one full but healthy meal with tea usually leads to a weight loss of five to 10 pounds after a 10-day program. The moderate cleanse is perfect for those looking to detoxify their bodies for health purposes or in preparation for other weight loss programs.
Another important component of the Green Smoothie Diet is a high-powered blender or bullet blender. A good blender is vital to the cleanse as fibrous bits of vegetables and fruits should be pureed to produce smooth and easy to swallow drinks. Bullet blenders retail at around USD30 up to a few hundred US dollars.
When the Green Smoothie Diet may not be for you
With all the benefits and pros that come with the Green Smoothie Diet, there are also disadvantages.
For starters, it is not new knowledge that healthy foods and organically grown produce are not cheap. Added to that is the cost of buying a good bullet blender to sustain this kind of diet.
Some people might also find it hard to do this new and restrictive diet especially if they are used to eating a variety of food. Some even experience temporary fatigue and occasional headaches after undergoing the diet.
There is also the danger of possible nutrient deficiency for those trying out the Green Smoothie Diet. Such kind of raw vegan diet may cause deficiencies in iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc,protein, and selenium if not carefully planned. People with diabetes and hypoglycemia are not encouraged to try the Green Smoothie Diet.
Lastly, the Green Smoothie Diet is not programmed by a dietician or nutritionist so people must be cautious in trying it.
There we have it: every basic thing to know about the Green Smoothie Diet. Again, the Green Smoothie Diet is not meant for a long-term health program although drinking green smoothies may be incorporated in a person’s lifestyle for years. I hope that seeing the pros and cons together should help in deciding whether this diet is worth a try.