Oatmeal and green smoothies contain some of the same nutrients and some that are specific to either choice. Which one is better for you depends on what your health goals are, but either choice will increase your intake of vitamins and minerals that are important for many aspects of your overall health.
Oatmeal is a good source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, iron and vitamin A. A green smoothie is made with a variety of fruits and vegetables, including kale, spinach, tomatoes, grapes, kiwis, cilantro, oranges, peaches, celery, pineapples, banana, pears, parsley, cucumber and apples. Mixing and matching combinations of these choices increases your overall nutrient intake, including vitamins A and C, iron, fiber, carbohydrates and potassium. If you are looking to get more nutrients in your diet, a green smoothie is a better choice because of the increased variation in vitamins and minerals it contains.
The only way to successfully lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Starting the day off with a healthy breakfast that is low in calories can help prevent you from reaching for unhealthy snacks before lunch and make better eating choices throughout the day. The fiber in both options offer appetite control because fiber is digested slowly and keeps you feeling full for longer. The carbohydrates in both a bowl of oatmeal or a green smoothie offers you energy, which can make it easier to get the most out of your a morning workout.
Fat and Calories
If you are watching your fat and calorie intake it is important to read the nutrition information on your foods so you can make the best choice. A packet of plain instant oatmeal contains about 105 calories and less than 2 grams of fat. However, adding milk, sugar, dried fruit or nuts increases these numbers, sometimes more significantly than you may think. A green smoothie is made primarily with fresh fruits and vegetables, which are fat-free. Fruit is higher in calories than vegetables, so going easy on it when preparing your smoothie keeps calorie intake under control. Watching your fat and calorie intake helps keep your weight healthy, which prevents a multitude of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, depression, sleep problems and cancer.
Oatmeal and Green Smoothies Combined
A recipe provided by "Volleyball" magazine allows you to combine greens with your oatmeal, offering you the opportunity to benefit from both at the same time. The recipe calls for a banana, milk, oatmeal and handful of spinach. Modifications with different fruits and green vegetables increases the variety of nutrients your breakfast contains while providing you the convenience of both oatmeal and a green smoothie in one glass. If this doesn't sound appetizing, try a small bowl of oatmeal with a glass of green smoothie on the side.
- "Volleyball"; Green Smoothie With Oatmeal; Kath Younger; February 2011
- USDA Nutrient Database: Plain Instant Oatmeal
- Raw Family: Raw Family Green Smoothie Recipes
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Fruit and Vegetable of the Month
- Minnesota Department of Health: Overweight and Obesity Prevention: The Importance of a Healthy Weight
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