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In this category you’ll find articles on how you can benefit from healthy smoothies, the history of smoothies, the best smoothie tips ever, and other smoothie related subjects, such as a history and list of health benefits of exceptional smoothie ingredients like maca and cacao.

Why Salt belongs in all your Smoothies

Why Salt belongs in all your SmoothiesSalt may sound like a strange ingredient for a smoothie, a food that is usually sweet rather than savory. But, there are several good reasons to add a dash of salt to your next concoction, not least of which is flavor. Salt is a flavor-enhancer. A little bit makes any food taste better, even sweet foods.

The next reason is even better. If you choose the right salt you can add a nutritional boost to your smoothie. While typical, refined table salt is detrimental to your health, rock and sea salts can add important nutrients to your diet and actually improve your health.

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How To Make Healthy Smoothies Your Kids Will Love

Kids Like Healthy SmoothiesEveryone likes smoothies, right? What’s not to love when you combine creamy yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, natural sweeteners, plus delicious and nutritious superfoods? If you have kids you know that they can come up with any number of reasons not to like something.

Smoothies are a great way for you to get all of your most nutritionally-packed foods into one glass, but it can also work for your kids. If they have been eyeing your concoctions with suspicion, assure them that smoothies taste good and get them in on making some. With the right ingredients you can craft tasty and nutritious smoothies that your kids will happily drink. Here are some tips to get you started:

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Ferment Your Way to Phenomenal Health

Fermented Beverages - Milk Kefir

Milk kefir is one of the healthiest and easiest fermented beverages you can make yourself.

Fermented drinks, and foods, are among the latest trends in superfoods. Fermentation is a natural process, one that humans have been manipulating and benefiting from for millennia. Fermented foods and drinks are rich in probiotics, those helpful microorganisms that work in your digestive tract to improve your health in a number of ways.

Not all fermented products, pickles for instance, are appropriate for smoothies, but many are. Once you have learned about kefir, kombucha, Hindu lemonade, and other tasty fermented drinks you will definitely want to craft smoothie recipes around them.

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The Skinny on Fat: Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

The Skinny on Fat: Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

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Contrary to what you have long been told, fat is not your enemy. Even if you are trying to lose weight, there are certain types of fat that you should always include in your diet. Fat that is an integral part of any weight loss plan.

You might be surprised to find out that in addition to certain fats from nuts and vegetables, you should also include saturated, animal fats. You have long been told that these fats will cause heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and a number of other life-shortening diseases, but the experts have been wrong for a long time.

Learn more about fats, what they are, which ones you must avoid, and the huge impact the good ones can have on your health.

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The Wonderful Health Benefits of Tea

Tea Health BenefitsTea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water, and for good reason. Teas are tasty, relaxing, healthful, and drinking a cup of tea is a time-honored way of socializing with others. People have been drinking tea for thousands of years.

True tea, which means beverages made from the leaves of the tea plant, was first discovered in China, but cultures around the world make their own versions of tea from other plants. For instance, there is rooibos from Africa and yerba mate from South America. As you explore smoothie recipes and healthful ingredients, consider using tea as your liquid base. With teas you can add both interesting flavors and important health benefits.

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Detoxing with Smoothies

Detoxing with SmoothiesDetox is a trendy word in health and beauty circles. It is short for detoxification, which refers to removing toxins from your body or cleansing your body of pollutants and chemicals. Detoxing is an integral part of maintaining and achieving vibrant health, and can also be a quick route to losing weight.

We’re bombarded by chemicals and toxins on a daily basis. These come from the foods you eat, the air you breathe, the beauty products you apply to your body, and many other things you come into contact with. Ideally, we’d avoid coming into contact with all the bad guys, but that’s not possible. Our best bet is to reduce exposure and consume foods that help our body get the toxins out.

My personal detoxification strategy is to consume foods that bind to and help pass toxins out of the body, as well as those that support the body’s natural detoxification efforts. You can accomplish both of these at the same time with smoothies.

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