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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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                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                1. The Paleo Diet

                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                2. Whole30

                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                During the month you are eliminating:

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                • sugar
                • alcohol
                • legumes
                • grains
                • dairy
                • soy

                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                • Fruits & vegetables
                • Whole grains
                • Legumes & nuts
                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                4. The Alkaline Diet

                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                The Big Takeaway:

                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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