The Best Smoothies to Drink in the Afternoon

Smoothies are becoming more and more popular. Made up of various foods with high nutritional value, smoothies are consumed by many people around the world because they have positive health effects. Stores now sell them ready to be consumed and they complement diets and significantly nourish the body. Here are some of the best smoothies made up of fruits and vegetables, perfect for a mid-afternoon snack!

In the last few years, thanks to scientific advancements, the human race has been able to learn about the processes that occur in the body and what factors can benefit them or harm them. It is currently a habit among people who care about their diet to make vegetable-based juices because when they are turned into liquid, the absorption of nutrients is much more direct. That’s why the benefits are noticeable sooner. Drinking natural smoothies can be planned out to be much more organized and diversify the vegetables you use during the week. The preparation of these drinks has its fun side because you can mix different things, thus creating a recipe where imagination and taste can vary from one smoothie to the next.

It is important to clarify that making a smoothie is not the same as making a juice. When you make a juice, it is common to strain it and lose the complete percentage of fiber included in fruits and vegetables. When they are blended, their benefits on digestion are reduced because of the loss of antioxidants and stimulants of the digestive system.

When we refer to a smoothie, you should keep in mind that its preparation consists of grinding and blending fruits or vegetables in a blender without adding a lot of water. The nutrients from smoothies, because they are liquids, are absorbed faster by the body, which releases them directly into the bloodstream. When you drink juices and smoothies, you get the benefit of consuming bigger amounts of fruit, that have more direct effects on your health. When you take in nutrients in liquid form, you should be careful because an excess of nutrients can also lead to physical problems like diseases or poisoning from excess minerals.

Smoothies for Health Benefits

The Satisfying Smoothie

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  • 2 cucumbers
  • 500 mL of yogurt
  • Lemon juice
  • Mustard
  • Parsley
  • Pepper

This smoothie acts as a powerful appetite satisfier and is easily made. The cucumbers should be washed and cut into pieces, unpeeled. Add the rest of the ingredients and liquefy the mixture until the cucumber peels are completely dissolved.




Nutritional Value per Glass:

  • Water: 551 g
  • Calories: 242 Kcal
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 17.5 g
  • Vitamin B2: 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C: 36.9 mg
  • Vitamin K: 72 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Iron: 2.7 mg
  • Potassium: 1,100 mg
  • Manganese: 0.5 mg
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Phosphorus: 368 mg

This smoothie contains low levels of fats and calories, and on the other hand, has fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins that benefit the body. We recommend drinking it before doing any sport activity because it has amino acids, arginine, and lysine, which are in charge of intervening in the regeneration process. Yogurt is a natural bone re-mineralizer, and it also acts as an effective liporeductor and stimulant for muscle mass development.

Green Super Smoothie

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This is a mental and physical health stimulant that regenerative properties for brain cells are attributed to. Its high nutritional content that is low in calories is great for complementing a diet.

  • 4 celery stalks
  • 250 mL of lemon juice
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1 peeled, seedless cucumber
  • 3 lettuce leaves
  • 300 g of spinach
  • 1 ginger root
  • 300 mL of water

Just blend the juice in the blender until you get a homogenous mixture. This super smoothie bypasses the daily nutritional limits in regards to vegetables, plus it is a low calorie substance and has 100% of iron which is ideal for a person to eat everyday.

Nutritional Value per Glass:

  • Vitamin K: 1,515 units
  • Vitamin A: 1,460 units
  • Vitamin C: 140 mg
  • Magnesium: 291 mg
  • Potassium: 2,489 mg
  • Iron: 9.2 mg
  • Calcium: 412 mg
  • Total fat: 1.8 g
  • Fiber: 11.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Protein: 11.4 g
  • Calories: 138