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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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                                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                    The result: no more mental stress.

                                    2. Unplug

                                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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