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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 13, 2020

                                    12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                    12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                    As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                                    1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                                    I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                                    Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                                    Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                                    2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                                    The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                                    It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                                    Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                                    In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                                    You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                                    This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                                    The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                                    Less Physical, More Psychological

                                    Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                                    This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                                    The First Benefit of Meditation

                                    The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                                    1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                                    2. Relaxation of the body

                                    Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                                    Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                                    That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                                    When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                                    When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                                    Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                                    Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                                    This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                                    Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                                    Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                                    This benefit takes you to the second one.

                                    The Second Benefit of Meditation

                                    While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                                    1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                                    2. Observance
                                    3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                                    4. Patience

                                    Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                                    You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                                    This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                                    1. Energy

                                    Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                                    2. Observance

                                    The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                                    3. Peacefulness

                                    Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                                    4. Patience

                                    The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                                    The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                                    Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                                    Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                                    The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                                    • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                                    • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                                    • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                                    • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                                    • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                                    • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                                    These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                                    Final Thoughts

                                    Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                                    Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                                    Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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