Week 20 (Health) Goal: Blending

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BlendingThis week commit to blending three times. In at least one of the smoothies try adding vegetables. What is it?

Blending is just what it sounds like: blending your fruits and vegetables. Blending is different than juicing, and it’s a simpler process. Simply put all of your fruit and veggies into a blender, add juice or water, and blend right up. You can also add milk, coconut milk, rice milk or almond milk for protein.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of blending are tremendous. Similar to juicing, blending allows you to consume a large amount of healthy nutrients and calories. Additionally, it will give your digestive system a rest, as it does not require as much energy to digest liquid as it does to digest solid food matter. The perk of blending vs. juicing is that you can add more into your blends. Try adding chia seeds, almonds or flax seeds. This will give your body a boost of additional healthy nutrients. Another good addition is avocado, which helps digest some of the fat-soluble nutrients in fruits and veggies.

How do you do it?

Blending is much easier than juicing and requires a lot less cleanup. If you already have a blender, you’re set. If not, invest in a blender or extractor, such as the Nutribullet. Cut all of your fruits and veggies into small pieces, place in a blender or extractor, add your favorite liquid to help the consistency, and blend right up! If you like, you can freeze your fruits to create a smoothie-like drink!