Smoothies: A Plant-Based Path to Health?

As someone who can fall off of the healthy bandwagon, I recently went searching for some inspiration to eat better. As a result, I browsed Netflix for a good health-related documentary, and to my satisfaction, I found one: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. This film follows Joe Cross’ weight loss journey from over 300 pounds to a healthy 220 pounds in which he only drinks juice for sixty days. To some, as depicted in the documentary, going to this extreme to lose weight may seem a little crazy, but as someone who has partook in smoothie detoxes in the past, I found it inspiring and was driven to make some changes in my life–starting with buying myself a new blender.

Despite being vegan, I can honestly say I’m not a huge fan of salad. I love fruits and vegetables, so I have no problem incorporating them into my diet, but when it comes to leafy greens, I really struggle. I often find myself buying bags of kale and spinach, and by the time I finally pull the bag out of the fridge to eat some of it, it’s expired. Why? Because I’m just not motivated to eat it, especially when there are so many other delicious foods out there. That’s why I found Joe’s documentary so riveting. Beyond using juicing to lose weight, incorporating green juices into your diet allows you to easily consume those leafy greens, which have more health benefits than one.

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Excited to integrate more greens into my diet, I found myself in Bed, Bath, and Beyond, torn between purchasing the juicer recommended by Joe Cross or a high-power blender. Cross advocates juicing because the juices allow your body to easily absorb the micronurtients offered in fruits and vegetables; however, in my personal research, I found that one should be cautious with juicing because juicing eliminates the fiber naturally found in the fruits and vegetables. After some debate, I settled on the well-known, high power blender: a Ninja blender (This is not sponsored, by the way).

While I’ve enjoyed including smoothies in my diet over the years, Cross’s film showed me that the opportunities are endless when it comes to these fruit-and-veggie filled drinks. I was surprised to learn that Ninja itself offers over 900 recipes for your blender alone, which you can find here (I will warn you though–not all of these recipes are healthy or plant-based). I found two that I have already enjoyed: the Sweet Spinach Detox and the Apple Spinach Detox. I even had the Sweet Spinach Detox as a meal-replacement yesterday, and I was surprised how full I was! Cross also created his own juice and smoothie recipe books, which you can find here.

I look forward to sharing more with you all about my journey with my new Ninja blender and the plethora of smoothies I hope to try. Have you tried juicing or making smoothies? What are your favorite recipes? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations in the comments.

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One thought on “Smoothies: A Plant-Based Path to Health?

  1. I have a Ninja. I use it to make Shakeology. I love it! It’s such an effective blender. I agree with you on the juicing. It really does strip the nutrients of the fruits and veggies when you juice that’s why juices cleanses aren’t good for you. I have a few recipes on my blog. I’m always trying different ways to blend things. Especially veggies! Here are a few shakeology recipes. You don’t have to use Shakeology just replace with protein powder or yogurt. Here is my post:

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