Each year I host a Smoothie-a-Day Challenge, to introduce people to delicious, plant based smoothies. Each week I send participants a new recipe, a corresponding ingredient list for the week and some preparation and nutritional tips. All I ask is that participants commit to trying the new smoothies each day. We share our experiences on the Plantiful Plates Smoothie Challenge Facebook Page and get support and tips from those taking part in the challenge with you!
KEY BENEFITS OF DRINKING A SMOOTHIE-A-DAY
- Natural energy booster
- Natural weight loss
- Boost your immune system
- Packed with disease-fighting antioxidants
- You’ll start craving healthier food choices
- You can retrain your sweet tooth
- Keeps you hydrated
- Great skin
WHAT IS A SMOOTHIE?
The smoothies in the Plantiful Plates Challenge are fruit and/or vegetable based drinks blended up into a smooth, drinkable consistency.
In addition to fruit and vegetables, you can add ice, various liquids (coconut water, nut milk, water), superfoods (turmeric, cacao), nuts and seeds (hemp seeds, coconut, almond butter) and protein powders.
All smoothies in the challenge are plant-based, refined sugar and dairy free.
They will include:
- 2-3 cups of fruits or vegetables
- Nuts, seeds, healthy fats, or superfoods
- Natural sweeteners, such as dates, raw honey or maple syrup.
WHO SHOULD DRINK SMOOTHIES?
Everyone! They aren’t just for the athletes and health-nuts!
Busy People: Smoothies are great fast food.
Veggie-Phobic: Smoothies are a great way to up your fruit & veg intake, especially those leafy greens.
Athletes: Great way to rehydrate and replenish your body
Weight Conscious: The fibre of the fruit and vegetables with the right balance of other ingredients will make you feel full longer.
Blood-Sugar Sensitive: Properly balanced with fats and protein, making your own smoothies will help keep even blood sugar levels.
Why should you drink Smoothies?
With the physical breakdown of the food done before we consume the smoothie, the nutrients are more readily available to be absorbed into our body. Secondly, you can get a whole lot of plant nutrients in one smoothie glass by breaking them down first—imagine how much chewing would be involved in breaking down three cups worth of fruit and vegetables into the consistency of smoothies, and how full we would get in the process.
Opposed to juice, smoothies contain the fibre of the fruit, which in addition of adding fibre into our diet, will aid in slowing down the absorption of sugar and help keep blood sugar stable. When blood sugar climbs and dips throughout the day, cravings set in, healthy food choices become more difficult.