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6 Quick And Healthy Drink Recipes For Busy People

6 Quick And Healthy Drink Recipes For Busy People

Quick and healthy drink recipes can be great tools to help you consume more nutrients in less time—and who doesn’t want that? Smoothies, juices, and even blended oatmeal drinks can be a great way to work in some protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into your day without having to stop, pull out a pan, cook, or worse—run through the drive-thru out of desperation.

But not all quick and healthy drinks are healthy, especially those that are sold in stores and high in added sugars or mainly based off fruit juice to sweeten them. When preparing a healthy drink for yourself to serve as something to tide you over in between meals or serve as a meal, it’s highly important to keep your blood sugar levels in mind. Remember, if the drink you’re making is going to leave you shaky and hungry in an hour, there’s really not much point. You’ll want to make a drink with plenty of easily digested protein, some fiber from greens and low-glycemic fruits, and/or whole grains like oatmeal or even quinoa if you don’t have time to make a hot breakfast. You can also toss in some superfoods if you enjoy them, but they’re not necessary.

Give these 7 quick and healthy drink recipes a try if you have a busy schedule or just want something quick and healthy for your next meal.  You can try one each day this week, and all you need is a blender and some basic ingredients to get started. Enjoy!

1. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

    Vitamin Sunshine

    This might look like dessert, but it’s actually packed with nutrition! Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie by Vitamin Sunshine packs iron, protein, probiotics, and minerals into one meal. You’ll love this one so much, you might even want to enjoy it for dessert.

    2. Strawberry Coconut Protein Smoothie

      Jennifer Meyering

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      Fruit, protein, healthy fats, and fiber make up this Strawberry Coconut Protein Smoothie. This is the perfect combo for both taste and satisfaction, and it would be a great option to serve as a breakfast or lunch replacement in a rush.

      3. Pear Ginger Smoothie

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        Recipe Runner

        If your tummy is feeling out of sorts, this Pear Ginger Smoothie is for you! Pears are a great source of fiber that are gentle on the system, and ginger is a well-known tummy tamer when it comes to nausea, indigestion, gas, and bloating. This smoothie even goes a step further by including some mineral-rich greens and probiotic-rich yogurt so your system gets everything it needs to stay balanced throughout the morning and afternoon. Best of all? It tastes like dessert!

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        4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake

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          Jennifer Meyering

          Chocolate and peanut butter are a favorite combination among many, but peanut butter can be a bit high in fat and may lead to indigestion for some. Thankfully, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake uses peanut powder in place of high-fat peanut butter, and it has apples and cocoa which are both great sources of fiber and antioxidants. Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack since it’s naturally high in protein and will help tide you over no matter when you make it!

          5. Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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            Well Plated 

            Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie is a great meal replacement smoothie since it includes low sugar fruits, protein, whole grains from oats, and plenty of other sources of fiber from fresh produce. Strawberries and kiwis are also both high in Vitamin C to help protect your immunity and enhance your mood since the vitamin reduces stress on all levels within the body. This smoothie is also perfect for summer as the days start heating up soon!

            6. Caramel Apple Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

              Running With Spoons

              If you’re a fan of the convenience and flavor of overnight oats, you’ll love this healthy drink recipe by Running With Spoons. You just make the overnight oats as normal, give it a blend in the morning with the other ingredients, and off you go to start your day on a satisfied and nourished foot!

              For more quick and healthy recipe ideas, see these 15 smoothie recipes that are great for weight loss.

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              Last Updated on September 25, 2019

              How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

              How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

              As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

              When we were still children, our thoughts seemed to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

              Just imagine then, how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power!

              We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities.

              We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

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              We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb.

              We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits.

              And we’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head…

              But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

              So, how can we tap into the power of positivity?

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              “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

              It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are 4 simple yet powerful ideas on how you can get started.

              1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

              Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

              Just take a look at these 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life.

              2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

              This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

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              You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty.

              If you seek it, you will find it.

              3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

              This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what really is important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

              Here’re 60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life that can inspire you.

              4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

              How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking.

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              Instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

              Learn from this article how to change your mental images: How to Think Positive and Eliminate Negative Thoughts

              If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

              And remember:

              You are (or will become) what you think you are.

              This is reasonable enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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