One of the websites I often pay attention to is WebMD. I never fail to find answers to any question about health, diet, and exercise. If you haven’t checked it out, you really should.
One of their best features, in my opinion, are the slide shows relating to a single issue. These slide shows present quite a bit of health information that in another context would be either boring or difficult to understand.
The most recent and one I recommend you see for yourself, is a slide show titled “Fat-Fighting Foods”. These 27 slides each present a picture of a different food along with text explaining its fat fighting qualities.
When I went through this set, I was struck by how many foods they list are also frequently used in smoothie recipes. This proves two things: (1) depending on the ingredients smoothies can be a part of a low fat weight loss diet and (2) Even if weight loss isn’t your goal, smoothies are incredibly healthy additions to any meal plan.
Here are the foods that WebMD has identified as being valuable in a low-fat diet:
• Greek Yogurt. Because it has twice the protein as regular yogurt and protein stays in the stomach longer.
• Grapefruit. High concentrations of soluble fiber take longer to digest.
• Watermelon. High water content takes up more room in the stomach and it is also a source of the antioxidant lycopene.
• Berries. High water and fiber content and naturally sweet. Blueberries are a favorite because of their antioxidants.
• Raw Vegetables. Low in calories, high in water content.
• Oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in both fiber and water. We like it because it mixes well in a number of smoothie recipes.
• Skim Milk. Lots of protein and calcium without the fat present in whole milk.
Obviously, it is very easy to create a lot of very good, very healthy smoothies just using the foods show here. But the beauty of smoothies is that you can use just about any other food as well to create even more healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.