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Best For Losing Weight: 15 Smoothies For Breakfast

Best For Losing Weight: 15 Smoothies For Breakfast

Why Smoothies are great for losing weight

Toxins that find their way into our body are referred to as xenobiotics. Xenobiotics include cosmetics, drugs, pesticides, food additives, petrol fumes, the list is endless.

It is the job of the liver to convert these toxins into less harmful metabolites in order to be eliminated from the body.

Most xenobiotics are fat soluble and unfortunately the body loves keeping these locked away inside your fat cells. This is the body’s way of protecting you from the harmful effects of the xenobiotics if they were to stay circulating in the body. This is why many people find it hard to lose weight. The secret is to stop the body from storing the xenobiotics in the first place and this is why it is so important that the liver is doing its job to its optimum level.

Start the day with a Green Smoothie to kick start your weight loss success

Green Smoothies are full of fibre to absorb toxins being eliminate from the liver and transported out of the body. Fibre makes you feel fuller for longer and gives your metabolism a great kick start. This is particularly helpful for any woman going through the menopause suffering with hormonal upheaval such as night sweats.

If you’re looking to sip away the kilos Smoothies could be your best-kept weight-loss secret; the blended beverage offers you lots of nutrition as well as protein and fibre to help keep you full until your next meal.

I always start the day with a Green Smoothie.

I make up my Green Smoothie ahead of time so that I simply wake each day and my Smoothie is there waiting for me. I am not a morning person and the thought of making a noise with my blender is just not an option.

Here are 15 of the Best for Losing Weight Green Smoothie Breakfast Recipes.

1. Protein Power

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    This is my drink to start the day with. I make up about 2 litres each time (keeps for 2 days) and will slightly change the recipe each time so the body does not get used to the same thing each day. To decrease the woody taste, be sure to devein the silver beet and kale leaves before hand. You can substitute silver beet with spinach if you prefer.

    Ingredients:

    • 4 silver beet leaves (deveined)
    • 4 kale leaves (deveined)
    • 1/2 cucumber
    • 2 pears
    • 1 banana
    • 1/4 lemon (I like the peel on, you may not)
    • 2-3 cups water
    • 4 tablespoons hemp powder

    Blitz all the ingredients together. Taste before you pour in case you feel you need more fruit to make it palatable.

    Store in fridge. If you store in an airtight bottle & in the fridge, this Smoothie will last for up to 72 hours.

    2. Sweet Spinach Smoothie

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      Spinach and avocado, with grapes for a touch of sweetness makes for a refreshing combination. Avocado is a great source of oils. By adding oil to your smoothie allows for satiation making sure this green smoothie will keep you full until morning tea.

      3. Debloating Papaya Smoothie

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        Over indulged the night before? This green smoothie will you get your stomach flatter and digestive system back on track. Papaya is a wonderful digestive fruit and mixed with cucumber, this green smoothie will have your system soothed by lunchtime.

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        4. Sparkling Mango Green Smoothie

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          I love the way this is presented in a tea cup! This breakfast green smoothie has sparkling water added to it which I love, especially if I feel like some pampering. Adding spirulina to this green smoothie ensures you are getting a great dose of iron for the day.

          5. Ginger, Berry & Oat Smoothie

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            Who says smoothies have to be green? This delicious breakfast smoothie is a creation using rolled oats, berry, yoghurt and ginger! Rolled oats makes this a sustaining breakfast with a kick from the ginger.

            6. Green Citrus Smoothie

              This energy-bursting breakfast green smoothie is divine. Made with leafy green spinach, an energy-producing vegetable, grapefruit and oranges, you’ll get plenty of morning zest and calcium.

              7. Kale, Banana, Chia, Hemp Superfood Smoothie

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                Hemp powder added to this breakfast smoothie is what makes this such a powerful smoothie. Hemp powder is a great protein source. Making sure to add protein to your breakfast allows you to feel fuller for longer.

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                8. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie

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                  This recipe suggests you add ice to your smoothie but a word of warning, DO NOT DO THIS. I do not know why so many sites suggest adding ice to your smoothie. You are going to all this effort to great a nourishing breakfast so why add ice to the mix? All this does is promoting the blood vessels in your stomach to clamp up. Breakfast should always be the time for lukewarm, gentleness to help you start your day. If you must have ice, turn on the shower to cold for your morning kick start!

                  9. Spring Detox Smoothie

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                      At first glance you may find this hard to drink due to the texture. My advice is to make it in a dark glass and drink through a glass straw. The cucumber is a great diuretic while the ginger gets your digestive juices flowing.

                      10 A Green Start

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                        I do not know if this constitutes as a smoothie if you have to chew due to its granola topping. Most negative feedback about drinking a smoothie for breakfast is the fact that many people actually like to chew their food. So, this is a great recipe to get those on the fence into starting the day with a smoothie.

                        11 Cold Buster Green Smoothie

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                          This smoothie contains hemp seeds and chia seeds which are great sources of protein. It also asks for honey which I do not know why. The addition of kiwi and pineapple should allow for sweetness on their own. I advise holding off on the honey if you are able to tolerate this smoothie without it.

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                          12 Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

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                            What a combination. Greek yoghurt, almonds, cannellini beans, flax meal and broccoli mind sound like a strange combination but makes for a very high protein breakfast smoothie. You may find this fiddly having to add green tea, but once you get the hang of it you will be hooked.

                            13 High Protein Vanilla and Tofu Smoothie

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                              This one is dedicated to all the vegans wanting to up their protein intake without having to resort to dairy products.

                              14 Raspberry Revitaliser Smoothie

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                                Unusual colour for a smoothie. This is a deceptive one that the children will enjoy, both big and small. This is the one when kale needs to be hidden!

                                15 Jason Mraz’s Avocado Green Smoothie

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                                    I do not know why I saved this one for last! Greens, ginger and avocado! I love my avocado. A quick tip to ensure you always have an avocado on hand. You can freeze avocado. Simply cut in half, remove stone, and scoop out the two halves and store the flesh in sealed freezer bags. Use them as you need them. No the best for salads but great for smoothies and they retain all their nutrients.

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                                    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                    Video Summary

                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                    • Prolapse
                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                    • Overweight

                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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