If you have a hard time eating your vegetables, you may find it a little easier to drink them. Dr. Oz, from the "Dr. Oz Show," has a recipe for a smoothie he calls the Green Drink. This smoothie features a number of fruits and vegetables, including spinach, celery, carrots, parsley, cucumber, apple, oranges, lemon, lime, mint and pineapple, that he suggests makes a healthy breakfast option. Knowing the nutritional value of Dr. Oz's Green Drink can help you decide how it might fit into your healthy eating plan.
Meal in a Glass
As a breakfast meal, Dr. Oz's Green Drink makes a low-calorie option. One serving of the drink, which is about 8 ounces, has 104 calories. If you follow a 2,000 calorie diet, this drink meets 5 percent of your daily calorie needs.
Carbs Take the Lead
Most of the calories in the Green Drink come from its carbohydrate content. One serving contains 26 grams of carbohydrates. As your body's preferred source of energy. Oz's drink might give you the boost you need at the start of your day. The drink is also a good source of fiber, which is a type of carbohydrate your body cannot digest. One serving of the Green Drink contains 5 grams of fiber. Getting more fiber in your diet alleviates constipation, lowers cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease and obesity.
The Lows of Fat, Protein
The drink is low in fat, but is not a significant source of protein. One serving contains 1.0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of protein and is cholesterol free. Fat and protein are essential components of your diet. Twenty to 35 percent of your daily calorie intake should come from fat, while 10 to 35 percent should come from protein. If you're not getting fat and protein at breakfast, make healthy choices throughout the rest of the day to meet your needs. Healthy fats include olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados. Health sources of protein include lean meats, beans and low-fat dairy foods.
With its fruit and vegetable content, Dr. Oz's Green Drink is loaded with vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate and potassium. Both vitamins A and C boost immune health and help you fight infection. Folate is a B vitamin that is necessary for the formation of DNA and the metabolism of amino acids . Women of childbearing age need adequate intakes of folate to prevent birth defects. Potassium supports proper heart function and muscle contraction. It may also help improve heart health by lowering blood pressure.
- The Dr. Oz Show: Dr. Oz's Green Drink
- Google Docs: SuperTracker: Recipe Analysis: Dr. Oz's Green Drink
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Spinach, Raw
- McKinley Health Center: Macronutrients: The Importance of Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein
- Kids Health: Vitamins
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Folate
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Potassium