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Are Green Drinks an Effective Way to Get Vitamins and Nutrients?

Updated on June 9, 2016

I, like a lot of people, have been meaning to clean up my diet. I’ve intended for a long time to add more fruits and vegetables to my high-carb mix of meals. I’ve tried to gradually eliminate processed foods and add more fresh foods to my menu. However, it’s so easy to revert back to high carb, processed and meat-heavy recipes and quick fixes. The idea of being able to get vegetable and fruit nutrients from green juice powders or green juice smoothies is a concept that is extremely appealing. Especially, if you are not that keen on vegetables to begin with. The question is, are these popular powders and green smoothies an appropriate and effective way to get the nutrients you seek.

The experts seem to agree on a few points. First, liquid greens, green smoothies and vegetable powders are no substitute for the real thing, there’s nothing like eating whole fruits and vegetables. However, a smoothie or green powder drink can be a healthful snack or an adequate meal replacement.

Balance is key, having a balance of carbs, fat and protein are the important building blocks to any kind of healthy meal. Healthy fats can be found in avocados, hemp seeds and nut butters. You can derive healthy protein from chia seeds, protein powders and flaxseed. Fruit is a wonderful source of healthy carbohydrates. All of these items can be added to a smoothie.

Further, experts tend to agree that chewing and digesting whole foods slows and stabilizes the entry of nutrients into the bloodstream. Eating these green super foods whole can be more nutritious and filing than drinking them as liquids.

The fact remains that most people are not consuming enough fruit and vegetables on a regular basis. If smoothies and green powder drinks are encouraging people to incorporate fruits and vegetables that are otherwise absent from their diets then green smoothies and powder drinks are a great thing. The bottom line is eating whole fruits and vegetables is the best and primary choice but a green smoothie/green powder drink is a decent secondary option.

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      Lareene 18 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      I too need to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet I see myself going from thinking about it to doing it. This is a good reminder.