In order to maintain good health and prevent any deficiencies, the government and healthcare professionals advise us to consume at least 5 pieces of fruits or vegetables in a single day. This seems like a very simple thing to do but most of us here in the UK don’t actually have that many fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy diet. Time flies by and sometimes this makes us forget what we should have eaten. This is especially common when a person has a very busy lifestyle. On top of this, children aren’t very fond of some fruits and almost all vegetables. Don’t worry they’ll realize the importance of vegetables when they get older. But what can you do to ensure that you and your children get your 5 a day on a daily basis? Well, making smoothies can certainly help you to get started.
A common question I’ve heard before is whether you can use smoothies to get your 5 a day. Well, of course you can but this can often be misinterpreted. Having a smoothie maker is real handy and there’s a helpful guide written by ReviewInsider UK that’ll help you to pick the best smoothie maker. I have one at home too but I never use it too much. Personally, I don’t think there’s any harm in trying to get all of your 5 a day by making smoothies. The only problem is that blending fruits and vegetables can reduce the fibre that you would normally get from the whole fruit or veg. On top of this, the sugar becomes concentrated and can also damage your teeth. That’s why I would never just have smoothies throughout the day. It just isn’t healthy for me. However, there’s no doubt that there will be plenty of nutrients in the smoothie and it’ll certainly mask the bitter taste that can be contributed by some vegetables.
Personally, I always try and get at least 2 of my 5 a day by using my smoothie maker. But, I also try and maximise this by adding as many vegetables as I can. This is to try and minimise the sugar that I’ll be consuming. By doing this, I can usually have something that doesn’t taste too bad but is extremely nutritious. In addition to this, I also eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables throughout the day. This gives me sufficient energy and good health to do whatever I need to do through the day. My skin, hair and the entire body feels great and I have this strategy to thank. But if you’re looking for a solid answer to whether you can get all of your 5 a day from smoothie then I would say no. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a new strategy. I would advise you to combine smoothies with eating fresh whole fruits and vegetables during the day. This is what our department of health advises too! This will ensure that you get sufficient nutrients from the smoothie along with other essential nutrients that get broken down in the smoothie maker.
I think if the main problem is that your kids won’t have fruits and vegetables especially then you could make smoothies for them. In this situation, you should put different varieties of vegetables in your smoothie maker and then mask the taste with some sweet fruits. This will be far better for the growth and overall health of your children when compared to having no fruits and vegetables in their diet.
There are lots of different recipes available you can try and change up the taste and nutritious value. Make sure you find and try as many as you can!