Vegetables contain important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and phytochemicals, they strengthen your immune system and make an important contribution to your health and life expectancy.

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Green smoothies are super healthy: They are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. A green smoothie consists of at least 50% green leafy vegetables supplemented with fruit, water or almond or soy milk and possibly some nuts, seeds and superfoods. Experts recommend starting the day with a green smoothie. Many people seem to have difficulty getting their daily supply of vegetables. A green smoothie can therefore offer a solution. It is also recommended to eat the green smoothie with a spoon. By chewing you get a feeling of satiety faster and you also take your time during breakfast.

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Benefits of green smoothies

1. Green smoothies are easy to digest and contain more important nutrients than a cheese sandwich.

2. You get enough nutrients, so you will snack less later in the day.

3. In contrast, most smoothies also contain fewer calories than a sandwich with topping.

4. Even if you want to gain weight, a green smoothie with, for example, avocados and nuts is recommended. The smoothies are also healthy for athletes.

5. By training you cause damage to your body. This is exactly what you want, because the damage will make you stronger and improve your fitness. But your body has to recover from it. A green smoothie helps your body with many nutrients and antioxidants. For athletes, a smoothie with kale and hazelnuts or dried apricots is recommended for extra calcium.

6. According to experts, green smoothies are healthier than fruit. a fruit smoothie easily consists of 3 or more pieces of fruit and water. Fruit contains few vitamins but a lot of sugar, so that your blood sugar levels rise quickly. A green smoothie rises blood sugar 50-60% slower and makes you feel full for longer.

7. Eating a salad would prevent us from breaking open 70-90% of the cells of the vegetables by chewing. Many important nutrients do not enter your blood this way. With a green smoothie you get those nutrients.

8. You can prepare your green smoothie a day in advance.

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3 Recipes

Kickstarter
Beet juice is recommended for athletes. A high nitrate content has a positive effect on your performance. The large amount of vitamin B1 in fennel gives you strength and the banana provides energy. The orange juice provides your daily amount of vitamin C.

  • 2 raw beetroot
  • half a fennel bulb
  • 1 banana
  • 1 glass of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • juice of half a lime

Basic green
This smoothie gives your immune system a boost. Cucumber is a well-known thirst quencher and celery contains many vitamins and minerals. Pineapple contains manganese, which is important for the production of bone and connective tissue. Apples are full of fiber and ginger contains antioxidants.

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 apple
  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 banana (optional)

Beauty booster
This smoothie stimulates the cell renewal of your skin and makes pores contract. Cucumber is rich in minerals and ascorbic acid, which help strengthen connective tissue and repair damaged cells. Flaxseed contains many omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the hydration of your skin, while soy milk stimulates collagen production. The vitamins in avocado are good for your hair, nails and immune system, while spinach prevents skin aging. The broccoli also ensures cell renewal.

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 2 apples
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed
  • 1 glass of water or soy milk
  • celery
  • broccoli stump (optional)