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Friday, 14 August 2015 16:04

Boost Your Health With A Green Smoothie

Written by  Akiko

Don’t like eating raw vegetables? Why not try blending your own “green smoothie” and reap all the goodness and benefits of raw vegetables and fruits?


Hello everyone, I am Akiko and I recently moved to Singapore.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, but my mother is originally from Taiwan, thus my childhood environment was more focused on Asian countries as I often had to fly to Taiwan to see my grandparents when I was a child.

In Japan, I was known as a beauty freak among my friends. I love everything about cosmetics and beauty products because they can really change your world in many ways! For a start, I would like to introduce some of the latest trends in Japan, and I do hope this information will help shed more light on what goes on in Asia’s most central beauty industry – Tokyo!

You Are What You Eat

When I first arrived in Singapore, it surprised me to discover that people here do not eat many raw vegetables. Most people seem to be prefer cooked vegetables, however, there are lots of benefits you can gain from eating raw vegetables too.

One of the most recent health trends in Tokyo is the “Green Smoothie”. It is a smoothie with a few different types of fruits and vegetables that are blended together. Smoothie stands have started spreading out to serve such smoothies because it is easy to gain fresh vitamins and enzymes from it. For people who are not familiar with the term “enzyme”, I quote from Dictionary.com – An enzyme is:
1. any of various proteins, as pepsin, originating from living cells and capable of producing certain chemical changes in organic substances by catalytic action, as in digestion.

Basically, this enzyme supports your digestions and absorption from the foods. It helps to enhance the basic metabolism with improving your body immune system so that you can naturally lose your weight if necessary. Moreover, you can also absorb the fibres from both fruits and vegetables, thus it improves your bowel movement as well.  However, the enzyme is very weak and easily damaged by heat, so you need to eat without cooking the vegetables. If you do not like eating raw vegetables, you can opt to drink this green smoothie instead and gain all its benefits too!

Sounds Good? Let’s Start Making Them!

It is very easy to make this smoothie at home. All you need is to prepare some fruits, vegetables, water - and don’t forget your blender! You can also use coconut water or soya milk instead of water, as they have more vitamins and proteins. After cutting the vegetables and fruits roughly, place all of them into the blender with water and mix them together.  

Personally, I like to add some chia seed, pollen and manuka honey as these ingredients can protect me from catching the cold. You can be creative with how you tailor-make your smoothie based on the requirements of your health condition.

There are few things you need to note before you make your smoothie. Firstly, avoid using starchy vegetables such as carrots, beetroots, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, pumpkin, okra, peas, corn and beans. This is because a combination of fruits and these sort of vegetables can produce gas in your stomach. Secondly, drink your smoothie on an empty stomach. In fact, I would recommend you to drink it first thing in the morning so that your body can absorb the fresh vitamins and nutrition efficiently. Lastly, chew slowly while you are drinking your smoothie. It may seem a little strange to you, but doing so will cause your saliva to break down the enzymes, and you will be able to more easily digest and absorb all the nutrition. 

Credit: cookienameddesire.com

Feeling inspired? Why don’t you try this smoothie in this weekend then? It will be such a nice feeling to start with this fresh and super healthy drink on Saturday morning!


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