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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 November 19, 2019

                20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                1. Create a Daily Plan

                Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                3. Use a Calendar

                Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                4. Use an Organizer

                An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                5. Know Your Deadlines

                When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                6. Learn to Say “No”

                Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                7. Target to Be Early

                When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                8. Time Box Your Activities

                This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                11. Focus

                Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                12. Block out Distractions

                What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                13. Track Your Time Spent

                When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                15. Prioritize

                Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                16. Delegate

                If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                For related work, batch them together.

                For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                2. coaching
                3. workshop development
                4. business development
                5. administrative

                I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                19. Cut off When You Need To

                The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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