Here are 15 surprising reasons why I blend up my food into green smoothies and eat a mainly blended food diet. If this doesn’t convince you, nothing will!
I was recently asked why I would bother blending up my water, berries, greens, fillers, nuts, and seeds into a green thickie (filling green smoothie) rather than just enjoying eating the foods on their own. There are a number of reasons I blend up my food into smoothies and eat a mainly blended food diet.
I share my own personal reasons first of all, and then I share some of the science that backs up why blended food is so good for you.
UPDATE: The first time this post was shared by someone I got a lot of feedback, mainly positive but also some negative feedback. One person called me a ‘lazy parent’ who can’t be bothered to cook proper meals. (smoothies are not the only thing I make for my kids by the way – but I make sure they do get them daily, and if I can find something to make sure we all get healthy food in the easiest way possible, then why not?). Anyway, I’ll let you decide for yourself what you think about blended food diets after reading this.
15 Reasons to eat a blended food diet
1) Faster to eat your meals
I don’t have time to sit down and enjoy my food as I have an active baby who takes about 2 minutes to finish her breakfast, so it’s much better for me to drink sips in between getting on with other jobs.
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2) Fruit and vegetables are very chewy
I’m a very slow eater and like to chew my food thoroughly so it can take me an hour to eat a salad and I don’t have the luxury to be able to do that at every meal.
I don’t really enjoy raw broccoli, kale or spinach so it’s a great way for me to get my greens if I don’t notice they are there in a smoothie. You will gain much more benefit by eating the raw greens rather than cooking them. (Unless you have a problem with raw greens)
4) Nutrients are absorbed much more quickly into the body
After I’ve drunk a green smoothie I feel light and full of energy, however, I don’t feel so light after eating a meal that hasn’t been blended. Most of the ingredients in a smoothie are raw which means the nutrients are preserved instead of being destroyed during the cooking process.
5) It is much easier for the body to digest blended food
I find it much easier to digest all foods in a smoothie. I never have any digestive trouble after a green thickie, whereas I still sometimes have digestion problems if I eat food in the wrong order, for example, if I ate oranges after my main cooked meal I would usually get a stomach ache.
6) Smoothies taste delicious
I prefer the taste of a smoothie instead of eating the items separately as you can add herbs and spices which make smoothies taste amazing. For example, take some forest fruits, oats, pecans, spinach and mango and throw in some dates, pecans and vanilla and you’ve got yourself a Black Forest Fruit Cake Dessert Smoothie. This smoothie tastes so amazing like an indulgent dessert. I can’t imagine enjoying any of the raw ingredients anywhere near as much as I adore this smoothie.
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7) Easy to digest
When you drink blended food the body doesn’t waste energy digesting it so it actually gives you more energy. The body can use this extra energy for healing so it’s more beneficial for people with health problems. I always feel more alert and awake when I eat mainly blended foods even after a bad night sleep.
8) Eat a truckload of greens without noticing
You can pack many more greens into a smoothie than you would normally eat. Green are so amazingly good for you, but we don’t eat anywhere near enough. Adding a couple of large handfuls to your morning smoothie will help you more than you’ll ever realize and let’s face it, would you ever normally eat spinach for breakfast?
9) Faster meal preparation
It’s quicker to blend up a smoothie than make other meals with the same ingredients. It takes much more planning and preparation trying to work out what you are going to cook for lunch or dinner.
10) No cooking time
You don’t have to wait for smoothies to cook. They are ready straight away.
11) Less washing up to do
Just rinse your blender with water straight away and it takes seconds.
Most people cook with some added fats whether it’s oil on a salad dressing or in a stir fri. They add butter to their bread or potatoes and sauces. With a smoothie people are more likely to get healthier fats or can avoid high-fat foods completely if they choose to.
13) Better for your teeth
When you drink your food you avoid food getting stuck in between your teeth which can cause a lot of problems especially if you don’t floss.
14) Get more liquids with your blended food
You have to add water or another liquid to your smoothies and as most of us suffer from chronic dehydration, it’s no bad thing to have an excuse to get some more liquid.
15) Easily use up leftovers
Smoothies are a great way to use up leftover fruit and greens in the same way as you might put your leftover veg in a soup.
Does Science Support A Blended Food Diet?
Studies show the release of carotenoids from plant foods only occurs when the cells of fruit and veg are disrupted.
We can’t break down food by chewing as well as a blender can, which doubles carotenoid availability.
We actually get 3 times as many nutrients by blending our food as we do from chewing it.
Pretty amazing huh?
And for me personally, I have had a never-ending stream of teeth problems during adulthood which has left me unable to chew properly for the most part. I have never been more thankful for my blender as it’s led to me inadvertently being way healthier than I would have been if I had been making myself standard meals.
Have you tried green smoothies yet?
I actually make complete meals out of them by putting ALL of my required nutrients for the day in my smoothies. I call these Green Thickies. Blending ALL of my ingredients has the same powerful effect on my health. I do actually make a healthy dinner and chew that as we do need some chewing action in our days to keep the teeth and jaw in good condition. But I usually make a nice healthy blended sauce made out of raw peppers to go over the top of my meal. Then I get the best of both worlds! You can get my Basic Green Thickies recipe by clicking here.
So if that doesn’t convince you to get your blender out, nothing will! How much blended food do you usually eat? Why do you eat blended foods?
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