Okay… So, ever since I’ve purchased my Vitamix 5200, I’ve been juicing and making smoothies like crazzzy! (CRAY-CRAY… right?) I have even gone on to eating more gluten-free meals and increasing my vegetable intake… all because of my Vitamix! Did I mention that I’ve lost 5 lbs already just by juicing? It’s truly awesome but before I get all wrapped up in “Vitamix-mania,” I want to be sure to share with you a few fun fact about watermelons and the advantages to juicing and/or making smoothies… so here goes!
- Watermelon is low in calorie because of their high water content.
- Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon, in recent research, is a high-lycopene food. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular and bone health.
- High levels of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C are found in all the different areas of the watermelon. The exact distribution of nutrients was also highly dependent on the variety of watermelon.
- Recent studies have confirmed the nutritional importance of allowing a watermelon to fully ripen. It is said that the amount of beta-carotene content increases as the watermelon ripen, turning from white-pink to pink to red. The bottom line: eating a fully ripe watermelon can really pay off in terms of nutrient benefits.
The Advantages to Juicing:
- The top reason to juice is to increase your intake of vegetables and fruits.
- Supply the body with a wealth of vitamins and minerals that help boost immunity and fight oxidative stress in the body.
- Affords a person an opportunity to experiment with vegetables you might not normally consume, like kale or beets which are bursting with nutrients such as vitamin K and B vitamins.
Before Juicing Know That…
- Juicing strips most of the fiber content from vegetables and fruits.
- Your recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams or more, depending on gender and age, but the average American gets only 15 grams a day so, you’ll need to make sure you are getting enough fiber from other daily servings of vegetables and fruits.
The Advantages of Smoothies:
- With the right ingredients, you can easily make a light, nutritious meal with a smoothie by combining fruits and vegetables with a source of protein.
- Smoothies allows you to blend foods you might not think of combining. Like kale and blueberries
- You’ll retain the fiber in fruits and vegetables when you make a smoothie, and you can add more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids by tossing in flaxseed or chia seeds.
Before Consuming a Smoothie Know That…
- Too many sweet ingredients can add significantly to your daily sugar intake, which will increases the drink’s calorie count and may lead to blood sugar spikes.
- By combining fruit, vegetables, healthy fat and protein, can help you lose or maintain weight by keeping you satisfied until your next meal.
Okay, so that was just a few fun facts, now share with me your favorite juicing or smoothie recipes! In the meantime, enjoy the video…