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Sticking to a nutritious and balanced diet is the key to a longer and healthier life. But does that mean you have to eat the same meals or drink the same NutriBlast smoothies every single day to get all of your vitamins and minerals? Absolutely not!
While it’s true that some people like having the same things for a particular meal day in and day out, it’s usually due to simplicity and convenience. When asked, these individuals will tell you that they don’t want to think too much about it. However, most people prefer living by the notion that “variety is the spice of life.” This holds true for both taste buds and the human body. Mixing things up is good and moves us toward improved health and wellness.
Nutrition is more than just sneaking in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and the likes. Characteristics, like color, aroma, temperature, texture, thickness, volume, and the immediate environment, make considerable impacts on how we take in these nutrients.
If you’ve ever been tired of eating and drinking the same things every day, you’re experiencing a deficit in this very set of qualities that are extremely important for long-term healthy eating habits.
When it comes to smoothies, variety is even more important. Changing the color, aroma, temperature, texture, thickness, and volume of your smoothies, as well as the environment in which you enjoy them, can ensure a portfolio of recipes that fulfills not only what your body wants, but also what it needs.
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If every smoothie you make is green, it won’t be long before color fatigue sets in. When that happens, you’re less likely to continue getting your nutrients from fresh smoothies. Each smoothie should have a distinctive color, unique to itself. By simply changing up the colors from red to orange, orange to purple, and so on, it’ll keep the visual appeal of color going strong and fresh.
Each smoothie should have a unique aroma. Smell is one of our most powerful senses and should be optimized before food touches the palate. Take time to breathe in the beautiful aroma of your nutritious blend. If your smoothie is filled with mangoes, pineapple chunks, and coconut, the aroma should whisk you away to a tropical island. If you have a sweet tooth, try a smoothie that includes cinnamon and vanilla extract.
Everyone has a preference when it comes to temperature. Experiment with a variety of temperatures to keep your taste buds wanting more. A warm smoothie, made with apple, cinnamon, carrot, prune, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices, can bring about memories of the holidays while promoting healthy bowel movement.
Warmth is perfect for the upcoming cooler seasons and can help stimulate the GI tract, but remember to practice safe food handling. Temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit allow bacteria to grow and multiply. If a smoothie has been sitting out at room temperature for two hours, it should go in the garbage to avoid the risk of food-borne illness. This is true for all perishable foods.
Some people like it smooth with others want a bit of bite in their smoothies. I love having larger pieces of frozen strawberry or peach to nosh on as I finish a smoothie. They’re a delightful way to get my chewing in for whatever meal or snack this particular smoothie is for.
If you have dental issues, you may not be up for chewing something hard. Smaller pieces may be fine as long as they’re soft. This lends to the idea of having frozen fruits and vegetables in small pieces rather than larger raw chunks. If you prefer no chunks, you can make a completely smooth treat in your NutriBullet in less than a minute.
A thick smoothie can give the impression of a “real” meal, whereas a thinner smoothie feels more like a drink.
The typically recommended fluid intake for the day is 8 cups or roughly 1900ml. By adding an extra cup of liquid, like unsweetened almond milk or coconut water, into your smoothie, you’re one step closer to reaching that daily recommended amount while adding more nutrients to your drink.
Take notice of how many calories and how much protein you get from a particular smoothie. One small cup can contain 300 calories, while a larger serving can have just 150 calories. If you’re following a calorie or protein allowance, pay attention to the ingredients you’re adding and the serving sizes you’re using.
Eating and ambiance have long been tied together. We all eat better when the environment is nicer, so why not treat drinking smoothies the same way?
A clean, organized and visually appealing place to eat sets you up for success when it comes to getting your nutrients. Those who try to lose or maintain their weights are typically less successful in poorly organized and dirty places that have unpleasant odors. Always try to keep the food area clean and presentable.
NutriBlast smoothies are excellent sources of essential vitamins and minerals. By enjoying a variety of smoothies with different colors, aromas, temperatures, textures, thicknesses, and volumes in pleasant environments, you can keep your senses on their toes and enjoy smoothies one after another.
So pick a recipe and make a new favorite today!
Jeannene Davis graduated from The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and followed the degree with a Certification in Adult Weight Management and Diabetes Education. She provides in-house support to physician offices and large scale support to corporations and small businesses to ensure their employees have the most current information about nutrition and wellness.
She's worked in hospitals, outpatient radiation clinics, gene therapy centers, and even insurance companies, focusing on health and wellness, diabetes, and herb and supplement education, as well as renal nutrition support to pre-dialysis, dialysis, and renal transplant patients for a variety of companies since 1993.