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Want to Lose Weight In A Delightful Way? Awesome DIY Smoothies Can Help

Want to Lose Weight In A Delightful Way? Awesome DIY Smoothies Can Help

There isn’t a lot of things much easier to make than smoothies. A few ingredients mixed in a blender and viola, you have yourself a delicious drink in a matter of minutes.

In the last few years, smoothies have started to get a bad rep in the health industry due to the high abundance of sugar added to store bought ones. The added cost as well as the not-so-good-for-you ingredients can result in a smaller wallet and a thicker waistline. It doesn’t have to be this way. Below are awesome recipes for delicious smoothies that you can make quickly at home. With the right a healthy ingredients and a blender, you’ll be on the way to a healthier you.

Just remember the key to weight loss and a healthy diet is one where you can consistently adhere to. Smoothies can help you have a balanced diet that provides you with all the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs in order to function well. A lot of recipes can also be packaged into plastic bags and frozen so you can quickly pop it in your blender and make a quick smoothie when you’re on the go. Making a smoothie at home eliminates any question of preservatives, added sugar, or uneven substandard ingredients.

1. Weight-Loss Spinach and Avocado Smoothie: 

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    How to: Add 1 pitted avocado, 1 cup fresh spinach, 1 large banana, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 1 cup milk of choice and a handful of ice cubes into your blender. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serves 2.

    This smoothie helps you lose weight by filling you up with healthy fats from avocado and peanut butter.

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    2. Banana Cream Pie Smoothie: 

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      How to: Add 1 large ripe frozen banana, 1 cup Greek yogurt (can also use low-fat), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/3 cup milk of choice (unsweetened) and a handful of ice cubes into your blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Serves 2.

      Extra: For an extra treat sprinkle crushed graham cracker crumbs on top before serving.

      By substituting this smoothie for desserts that are high in calories, you will ‘spend’ less calories on empty foods.

      3. Mixed Berry Cobbler Smoothie:

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        How to: Add 1/2 cup almond, hemp seed, or coconut milk, 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), 1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen) and 2-3 Medjool dates into your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serves 1.

        Lose weight with this smoothie by filling up on unprocessed sugars and antioxidants that come from berries.

        4. Banana and Coconut Water Smoothie:

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          How to: Add 1/2 banana (fresh or frozen), 1/4 ripe pitted avocado, 1 small handful spinach, 1 handful frozen berries, 1 1/2 teaspoons shelled hemp seeds, 1/4 teaspoon wheatgrass powder, 1/4 chopped cucumber, 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs and 1 cup coconut water into your blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.

          This smoothie helps you lose weight because you are able to sneak in spinach and other greens that contain valuable nutrients.

          5. Mellow Yellow Protein Smoothie:

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            How to: Add 1 1/2 cups water, 1 cup fresh or frozen mango, 1/4 cup raw hulled hemp seeds, 2 tablespoons raw almond butter, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon natural vanilla into your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serves 2.

            This smoothie, along with a balance diet, promotes weight loss by filling you up on protein instead of empty calories.

            6. Melon Berry Smoothie 

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              How to: Add 2 wedges fresh cantaloupe, 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk into your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serves 1-2.

              Many people love to satisfy their sweet tooth with the taste of berries and melons and avoid desserts for less caloric intake.

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              7. Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie

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                How to: Add 1 1/4 cup watermelon, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/3 cup beets and 1/4 cup coconut water into your blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.

                Extra: Add a little mint to garnish.

                These smoothies are not only delicious but can be a part of a healthy diet in order to lose weight. You can also custom make each by adding your favorite fruits or nut butters. You can also add your favorite protein powder to each smoothie!

                Smoothies are a great way to lose weight because they not only provide you with essential vitamins and nutrients, if made correctly they can be very low-calories while also being very filling, a formula great for weight loss. Since many of these smoothie recipes include fruits you can also satisfy your sweet tooth to stay on track of your diet. If you want more smoothies recipes, get more ideas here!

                Enjoy drinking!

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                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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