There are numerous good reasons to add fresh raw smoothies into your diet. Not only will they increase the amount of fruits and vegetables your body craves, but when blended you have immediate access to nutrients. Adding in fruits and vegetables in this manner is one of the best ways to enjoy more fiber, enzymes and a variety of vitamins while decreasing those pesky sugar cravings.
The beautiful and sweet honeydew will provide your body with a surge of Vitamin C and can be found at its peak during the summer months. One cup provides you with about a third of your recommended daily requirement. This powerful vitamin can help your cells repair and regenerate. When choosing the perfect melon look for one that is light green, smells sweet and has a slight give when you press it. If it looks damaged or is too soft, keep looking.
Eating foods rich in fiber such as raw greens is associated with a lower risk of developing heart issues. Soluble fibers found in vegetables such as gum, pectin and psyllium dissolve in water, forming a gel type substance. This then absorbs bile acids and cholesterol and eliminates them from your body. Since bile acids are formed from cholesterol, your body tries to replenish them by using the cholesterol available in the bloodstream. A joint study carried by scientists from University of California at Los Angeles and Louisiana State University found raw vegetables contain higher amounts of antioxidants. These antioxidants include vitamins C and E, folic acid, lycopene, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene.
Honey Dew Energizer
- 2 Cups Ripe Chilled Honey Dew Melon
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- Handful of mild greens such as spinach or lettuce
- ½ C ice
Because you are using ripe melon, there is no need to add additional liquid. If you prefer thinner smoothies, feel free to add some filtered water. Place the melon in the bottom of the blender and add in other ingredients and blend. Grab your refreshing smoothie, a good read and sit in the shade and enjoy!
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