My friend Alex and I go all out. One day I brought over a banana and a nectarine to his house. In his fridge we found fresh strawberries and blueberries, kefir, plain yogurt, spinach, and several types of juice. We threw it all in his blender and added honey. Then we crushed up a multivitamin and sprinkled in turmeric in hopes of “bonus” nutritional benefits. It was as delicious and satisfying as a home cooked meal. I recommend hemp seed, sunflower seed or flax meal as a final addition.
I think a smoothie can be used quite acceptably as a meal replacement for those really trying to eliminate unhealthy meals they are currently having. “Have some doughnuts? No, have a sweet smoothie.” Being in liquid form, the food doesn’t seem to stay with you long so, it can also help people to start eating (drinking) smaller meals more often by replacing the more slowly digested ‘quick fix’ options like candy or other highly fattened foods. Definitely depends on what you put in them though.
Green smoothies are best. That’s a meal, but often doesn’t fill me. Blending fruits and vegetables breaks open the plant cell walls that house the micronutrients far better than chewing can, allowing the nutrients to work wonders in the body. Blending also frees the mirosinases to produce anti-cancer compounds.
I combine kale, spinach, ground flax seed, blueberries, black mulberry juice, and strawberries. Blend it up, drink it (and chew it, too) and watch for the energy boost!