I am all for eating healthy. I am all for trading a soda or a juice or health smoothie.
There are plenty of benefits to drinking smoothies and raw juices. They are loaded with nutrients not found in soda and processed juices. Carrot juices is surprisingly sweet and is loaded with carotene. Kale mixed with green apples is very tasty and high in beta carotene, an ingredient useful in the fight against cancer.
But are they worth the hype? I mean could simply eating better and exercising more often do the trick just as well? Do we have to purchase $8 worth of green smoothies everyday to get healthy?
Well, yes and no.
According a Business Insider article, Kathleen Elkins was asked to drink a green juice or smoothie for a week. And the results may surprise you.
Between raw juices and green smoothies, Elkins tried a variety of health drinks for the week stating that some are actually quiet effective. Others were ultimately a waste of her money.
One mix of pineapple, banana, spirulina, kale and protein not only filled her up pretty well but she had little caffeine cravings for the rest of the day.
However, by the end of the week, Kathleen was ready to get back to grinding the coffee beans., adding that while smoothies are great at providing vital nutrients and taste, they were not worth the money.
Maybe when she can actually afford $8 for a breakfast smoothie, she’ll reconsider and so should you. Stick to eating your fruits and veggies raw. You’ll retain more of the vitamin content of the foods and you will keep money in your pocket.