Avoid These Mistakes when Making Green Smoothies

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You could be trapped in making simple and silly mistakes while starting on a green diet. To err is human, but to learn and move on is equally wise as a smooth transition. Run through this list and ask (and admit) yourself if you have made these mistakes while making green smoothies. Maybe it will open your eyes to a whole new method to enjoy the mid-morning break or the next time you indulge in this healthy moment.

Are you drinking green smoothies for weight loss?

If bagel and burgers are off your mind and the blender has replaced the microwave oven in the kitchen expecting that green smoothies will make those pounds fall off like dominos…then you are in serious trouble. The weighing scales will not make the difference because you are doing it all wrong.

1. The green smoothies you have been drinking have only little fiber. This is a common mistake. Fiber is essential and helps you knock off the extra pounds. If you add kale (more fiber than spinach too), berries and certain fruits like avocadoes or kiwi, or even chia seeds then you will increase your fiber intake.

2. Do you add too much of fruits to make the drink more delicious? This is another grave error. The fiber is there but so are the calories too. Are you blending high fiber and calorie fruits? Cut it down. Fruits contain lot of sugar which will not add to your aim.

4. Some people tend to add sweeteners to their green smoothies. How can you ever get to the ideal weight if you do this? Stop it. No more honey or even maple syrup should be added. Instead find some veggie combination that your tongue will accept at the beginning and experiment with the ingredients one by one after you get used to the taste.

Other mistakes that beginners make when preparing green smoothies

Green smoothies need some investment. If you need to go on a diet it all begins at home. So invest in a good juicer or a blender. It should be good as it will be used every single day. An ideal juicing machine will bring in the right texture to the smoothie. The masticating juicers are better in comparision to the centrifugal machines. The later will also use the pulp in the smoothie. So the fiber and the liquid combination blends well eventually.

All of us like a good bargain…some like it even when they are making juices! So when they go shopping for groceries they will try to choose the bargain produce. The attitude is that quite a lot of pulp will be thrown away. So why waste money? When you shell out money for a better and fresh produce of veggies and fruits, the results will obviosuly be better. Any of the green smoothies made from quality products from the farmer’s market will be more beneficial. Nutrients need to be good. When the plants are given rich soil and water the produce is better. Hence the end product will also be more delicious. Sometimes you need to think of the right flavour to enjoy.

When we speak of flavour for the green smoothies it is vital to blend only those veggies or fruits that complement each other. In an attempt to make a blend, some people keep adding stuff and find that there is no single flavour or taste that will tickle the tongue. It confuses and the diet plan is not motivating enough. When we go out we are attracted to the eye pleasing colors and textures. So when you are making your green smoothies at home do the same. Make it attractive enough to sip it throughout the day. Use your creative juices to make the best of this lovely diet. After all you will benefit from it.

Green smoothies should be balancedLet’s give you a quick sample smoothie recipe to make

Take one green apple. Chop it roughly. Add to this 1-2 kale leaves and some mint leaves. One bunch of parsley and chopped ginger can be added next to this. One lemon for the tangy taste can be used. Don’t use any other sweeteners. Mix it all and make a fine blend. The bitterness of kale goes well with the lemon taste. Even if you do not like kale use it sparingly. Use your common sense to make the perfect green smoothie blend.

Don’t make your smoothie into a dessert

At times the ice cold varieties score. It all depends on the season. Use seasonal fruits and veggies. Do not expect to get unseasonal produce. You may get it in the frozen foods section but prefer the fresher ones. When you put in ice, do not overdo it. This is not a cocktail on the rocks. The green smoothies will become watery and tasteless. The creamy taste is best when it is blended and poured into the glass and consumed immediately. It is not a good idea to have a dessert after the drink. Your body need some time to digest your green smoothie and absorb the nutrients. Eating a second meal right after your smoothie will disturb this process and can even lead to digestion issues.

Do you feel bloated?

A few complains of gas bloating have surfaced from green smoothie dieters. Why does this happen? Those who have medical conditions may face such problems. If you have been adding too much fruit it will result in gassing. The body gets a shock with this new regime. Tone down on the fruits in the recipe. Never overload the fruits or veggies. Keep your green smoothie simple with only few complementary ingredients. Adding flax seeds to your green smoothies may also help.

Juicer Guide – buy juicer with confidence

Juicers are ideal for enabling you to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Juice that is freshly made in your own juicer not only tastes better but also contains more vitamins than the industrially produced juice that you find in the shops. The latter has gone through heat treatments and other processes that kill most of those lovely vitamins.

Juicing your fruits and vegetables also makes the goodness in them, the vitamins and minerals and fibre, more readily digestible. So your body can absorb that detoxing hit much more quickly than if you sat munching on fruit and veg for an hour. There are many different types of juicers available, and each of them have unique qualities that make them more suited to different recipes and lifestyles. This guide to choosing the right juicers for you will help you to make a wise decision. Then you can get ready to start making soups, smoothies, and other wonderful fresh juice based products within a few moments in the comfort of your home, whenever you fancy them.

Centrifugal juicers: cutting and slicing

Centrifugal juicers are so called because they are based around a flat cutting blade which whizzes round very quickly. These juicers also contain a strainer which removes the pulp to give you lovely clear juice to drink at the end. All that you need to do is to throw your desired fruits and veg into the juicer and the blade and the strainer will do the rest! These juicers tend to have an automatic system whereby pulp is removed into a collection bucket for you to compost or otherwise dispose of. Though they are super convenient, centrifugal juicers can be a little difficult to clean, so they are best used if you are willing to clean out the residual pulp from the strainer each time. These juicers are arguably the best for juicing hard fruits and vegetables as they are extremely robust and powerful pieces of kit. They are also among the fastest juicers around, so are perfect for when you want to whip up some delectable fruit juice for friends on a hot day at a moment's notice.

The masticating juicer: for chomping up delicate produce

If you want to make something involving smaller berries, herbs, or similar items (think wheatgrass, mint, and lemon juices, for instance!), then a centrifugal style machine just doesn't have the fine chopping power that you need. Cue the masticating juicer, which very literally 'chews' (or masticates) even the finest leaves that you put into it. These juicers are fantastic for precision juicing, and for creating exquisite combinations of dainty flavours. This type of juicing device crushes and squeezes the produce you put into it, rather than cutting and spinning it. It also pumps a minimum of air into the juice as it works. This makes it superb for when you want to have a little foam in your juice glass without the oxidation that comes from juicers like the centrifugal model. The centrifugal model pumps much more air into the juice, meaning that it can often oxidise quite quickly, causing a potentially huge loss of nutrients. Another great advantage of masticating juicers is the fact that they preserve enzymes in your juice, as well as keeping the colour of the fruits, leaves, and veg that you are juicing. These juicers are also sometimes known as 'cold juicers' because they keep the juice much colder than other models do. In all, these are the ideal juicers for when you want to create beautiful, artisan drinks with wonderful colours, flavours, and high levels of beneficial enzymes.

Savour those flavours with a slow juicer

As mentioned above, the centrifugal design gives you a great volume of juice very quickly: perfect for when you need a healthy and thirst quenching drink right now, or for when you are cooking a large meal and need to whip up some soup quickly and without fuss. But for many people, a slow juicer is best, as they want to really squeeze every ounce of flavour from the fruits, veg, and herbs that they are juicing. There are two options when it comes to slow juicers. First, there are the single gear, or 'auger', juicers. These juicers use a worm style gear to crush and blend juices, and the resulting juice will usually have the best nutritional content out of all of the models discussed here. You can get a one stage auger machine, which is slightly quicker, or a two stage model which provides you with much more delicately blended juice and hence takes a little longer. It is most convenient to choose slow juicers that are equipped with juicing screens, as these will sieve out any pulp. If you want a slower machine that will provide you with the precision of an auger but with a slightly higher juice yield, then make sure to choose the second slow juicing option: i.e. a dual gear model. One thing you need to remember with these slower juicers, however, is the fact that they do produce a different yields of juice. Though the masticating models always produce a greater yield of juice than centrifugal models, there can be an appreciable difference between single gear and dual gear masticators. An auger model will tend to produce a lower yield of juice than a dual gear. Dual gear machines are less adept at processing softer fruits and vegetables though, so those strawberry and lychee based blended drinks might best be crafted in a masticating machine!

Ready to buy a juicer? You sure are!

This short guide has provided you with the handy insider knowledge that you need to choose the best model of juicing machine for you. Have a think about the types of fruit, veg, and other products that you are most likely to put in your juicing device and choose accordingly. Get a masticator for delicate herbs, one of the slower juicers for great nutritional content, and a centrifugal device for long, quick, and satisfying drinks. Think about your lifestyle and who will be using the juicers you are contemplating buying, and this can help you with your decision, too. All of these juicers will provide you with excellent quality juice drinks, smoothies, cordials, soups, and so on. But thinking a little more about the details, and having some additional knowledge about the pros and cons of each model, will really help you to make the most out of the juices you make.