The Green Smoothies Diet is a low-calorie diet that is based on consuming homemade vegetable and fruit based smoothies for optimum health. Other whole, unprocessed, natural foods are encouraged as part of this plan. The diet includes three separate plans to suit the needs of different individuals, such as a three-day green smoothie fast, a 30-day fat-burner cleanse and a green smoothie for life plan.
Identification: Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are the core of this diet and are made by combining fruits, such as apples and avocados, and green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli and spinach together in a high-powered blender to make a "whole food" drink. Green smoothies made with such foods provide a way for dieters to increase their intake of low-calorie produce. Dieters are encouraged to slowly increase their intake to include a quart of green smoothies daily. This amount provides about 15 servings of fruit and vegetables.
Other Recommended Foods
In addition to consuming 1 quart of green smoothies daily, other foods are recommended, such as root vegetables, herbs, sprouts, bee pollen, brewer’s yeast, chia seeds, raw chocolate, coconut, flaxseed oil, goji berries, wheat germ, yogurt and natural sweeteners, including stevia, honey and maple syrup. Though sample daily menus are provided, there are no recipes other than those for green smoothies. A sample day may include a green smoothie for breakfast and lunch, snacks such as berries with mango and raw vegetables with 1/4 cup raw almonds and a dinner of a baked potato with a large green salad topped with avocado.
Other Features and Costs
Exercise advice is not a part of the Green Smoothies Diet. While the Green Smoothies Diet book is relatively inexpensive, the recommended blender is not. A high-powered blender is necessary to break down and puree fibrous fruits and, especially vegetables as well as for lasting power. Such a blender may cost $300 to $400 in 2010 prices. In addition, some of the more unusual foods, such as chia seeds, goji berries and bee pollen must be purchased at health food stores, which can add up. Other features included in this diet book are a thorough explanation of the flavor and health benefits of different greens as well as tips for buying and storing greens and fruits.
Smoothies are a fast, portable, fairly simple way to ingest loads of healthy foods. They have an advantage over homemade juices; they retain all of the dietary fiber in the plant and require less clean-up. This diet plan is very high in dietary fiber, which offers many health benefits, including balancing blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It encourages a plant-based diet, full of fruits and vegetables, which is healthy. It is relatively simple to follow and meal preparation is fast. Dieters will very likely lose weight following this plan due to the fact that it is low in calories.
In addition to being costly, most individuals may not know how to prepare some of the unusual foods, aside from the green smoothies, and incorporate them into tasty meals. This diet requires major adjustments and the elimination of many foods. Because the changes are so radical, some individuals my experience temporary fatigue and/or headaches. Consuming unlimited quantities of fruits and vegetables may not be appropriate for individuals with diabetes or hypoglycemia. This plan advocates a raw vegan diet that, if not carefully planned, will likely be deficient in important nutrients, such as protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc and selenium.
The Green Smoothies Diet is a low-calorie, primarily liquid-based detox diet. Susan Moore, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, warns that detox diets are unnecessary and may be dangerous. Following detox diets that are skimpy on solid foods may cause vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood sugar problems. Gastroenterologists agree that your body is able to get rid of toxins on its own.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, any diet for health or weight loss should be medically and nutritionally safe and approved by a physician and/or a registered dietitian. In addition, UMMC recommends avoiding diets that overemphasize specific food groups and/or limited food choices. The Green Smoothies Diet, though written by a self-proclaimed whole and raw foods enthusiast, is not authored by a physician or registered dietitian.
- "Green Smoothies Diet;" Robyn Openshaw; 2009
- Diets in Review: The Green Smoothies Diet
- Centers for Disease Control: Fruit & Vegetable Benefits
- CNN Health: Deconstructing 'Detox' Diets
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