The Power of the Smoothie By Doug Cook RD, MHScHealth & Nutrition
When it comes to healthy eating, it’s important not to get bogged down with dietary dogma; rules that more often than not confuse rather than help. Healthy eating is based on a foundation of nutritious wholesome foods. For most people, that includes a variety of both plant and animal-based foods, both cooked and raw, to ensure they get the 50 plus nutrients that are needed for optimal health. Nowadays, our demanding schedules have us feeling time-crunched and healthy eating often suffers. As the saying goes, “people don’t plan to fail, but often fail to plan”. With a little effort and easy recipes including smoothies, staying on track just got a lot easier.
From a nutritional point of view, smoothies are one of the easiest ways to pack in a lot of nutrition in a relatively small volume or serving size. Think about it, you can include fruits and/or vegetables, along with a good source of fiber (such as whole-grain or bran cereals, chia, hemp or flax seeds), protein (whether it’s a dairy-based or plant-based protein powder like whey or hemp, or pasteurized Naturegg Simply Egg Whites), and even some grains (oats, cooked quinoa). Liquid bases can be milk, coconut water, cooled tea or diluted 100% fruit juice.
Smoothies are also super convenient and easy to make. They don’t required any significant cooking skills and take little time to prepare making them perfect for anyone who’s crunched for time. They can be easily prepared in the morning before leaving home or can be made the night before and carried in a thermos. Personalized nutrition is another great benefit of smoothies. Depending on your individual situation or health goals, smoothies can be tailored to suite your needs and/or taste preferences whether that’s to get more potassium to lower blood pressure or more veggies to reach your daily quota, smoothies can be one of your best healthy-eating allies.
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Add Naturegg Simply Egg Whites
Naturegg Simply Eggs Whites are pasteurized and made from 100% pure egg whites. Egg whites have absolutely no fat or cholesterol, but are still a source of 3 vitamins and minerals, and are packed with high-quality protein a perfect addition to your morning smoothie.
The Importance of the Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio by Doug Cook RD, MHSc
You might be wondering what the big deal is? Omega-6 and omega-3 fats carry out essential tasks in the body. Despite the importance of these essential fats, getting too much of either one can interfere with how the other one functions.