Sunday, September 28, 2014

How to Blend Your Food for Health

How to Blend Your Food for Health



    Buy a high-speed blender. These blenders break the cell walls of green vegetables, which allows your body to digest nutrients easily.


    Choose a variety of foods to blend. Fruits may taste delicious but they have naturally high sugar content. Make soups and vegetable smoothies using tomatoes, carrots, spinach and other leafy green vegetables. These are all rich in nutrients.


    Blend minimally. The longer you blend, the more food particles are exposed to oxygen, causing them to lose nutritional value. Start blending on the lowest setting; move to the highest as you add ingredients.


    Add salt, water substitutes and spices for taste. Use coconut water or green vegetable juices instead of water in soups. Blend a pinch of salt with your vegetables. Add honey or agave nectar to a dessert smoothie.


    Use herbs and spices to increase health benefits. Red pepper increases metabolic rate. Turmeric and ginger both have antioxidant properties. Add cinnamon, sage, cloves or nutmeg to a carrot- or squash-based smoothie. Root vegetables taste good with ingredients like dill, garlic and parsley added.


    Add fat for texture and health. Blending avocados into smoothies is a great way to get essential fats and a velvety texture. Almonds and walnuts also provide these benefits. If you are blending nuts, make sure you have enough water in the smoothie or they won't blend properly

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