Smoothies come in all styles and flavors.
These three recipes not only taste refreshing,
but they also help you to feel better
and are lower in calories than most standard meals.
The fun part of making a smoothie is dropping the ingredients you’ve chosen into a blender and creating a concoction that meets your taste bud’s wants while simultaneously fulfilling your body’s nutritional needs.
The best thing about smoothies is that, if made properly, they can improve your health. They also happen to be lower in calories than most standard meals so — even though they are rich and filling — dropping weight can be an additional result.
Most freshly made smoothies have between 285 to 385 calories, yet are satisfying — similar to the way a milkshake fills you up.
3 Smoothie Recipes to Help You Drop Fat
Smoothies are a big part of my life. I’m 47 years old and fit. I wasn’t always as fit as I am now; the reason I use my blender so much is because I want to have the high energy and excellent health required to live a passionate life.
I make all kinds of smoothies throughout the week. Some are as thick as ice cream and I have them in place of dessert, while others have more fruit than vegetables and I have them for breakfast; there are also green smoothies that have more vegetables than fruit and I have those for lunch.
There are five stages to learning to love green smoothies, and each stage is good, so my suggestion is — whether you’re new to smoothies or an experienced raw food vegan — to simply start from wherever you happen to be!
Here are three smoothie recipes for you to try. Compare how your body feels after you drink them, with how you’d normally feel after a snack or a meal.
Detoxifying Breakfast Smoothie
This smoothie is high in leafy greens and delightfully sweet — making it easy to kick start your healthy day and meet your vegetable quota.
- ⊙ Pineapple Juice (1 cup) – This will be the liquid base. If you’d prefer you can cut your own fresh pineapple chunks but be sure to add enough water to cover the blender blades.
- ⊙ Kale (2 big handfuls) – This leafy vegetable comes in a dark green or purple color. It is a form of cabbage and has become kind of a fashionable food lately. Many nutritionists label it the most nutritious vegetable and a powerful antioxidant.
- ⊙ Parsley (handful) – Often used as a garnish, in this case it compliments the kale by being mineral-rich and a great antioxidant as well.
- ⊙ Mint Leafs (handful) – Its pleasant taste enhances. Mint also cleans out your digestive tract and research indicates it has anti-cancer properties.
- ⊙ Ground Flaxseed (2 tablespoons) – Freshly ground in a spice or coffeebean grinder is best, as its nutrition starts to deplete once ground. A good energy booster and full of omega 3.
- ⊙ Ice (1 cup) – Adds a chilled and slushy texture.
You’ll really need a good blender to liquidize all those soft leaves.
Mango Surprise Smoothie
Here’s a nutrient-dense super-smoothie that’s extra good for you. This is a more advanced recipe for people who already enjoy the taste of vegetables. If you’re newer to smoothies, you probably want to start with more fruit and possibly even add a little honey or agave to this one.
- ⊙ Almond Milk (1/2 cup) – For the liquid base. Almonds are good for digestion and one of the few alkalizing nuts. This milk has a very smooth texture as well.
- ⊙ Organic Cucumber (1) – Peel the skin to ensure a clean smooth texture. This is so good in a smoothie and is known for its many healing properties.
- ⊙ Organic Spinach (1/2 cup) Very high in iron. You can use fresh or frozen, I prefer frozen for smoothies as it won’t spoil. I can then save the fresh produce for salads.
- ⊙ Mango (1/2 cup) – Mango has a flavanoid in it that is anti-aging, but is also great tasting and adds a sweet kick to the smoothie.
- ⊙ Plant based protein powder (2 tablespoons) – Our body builds and repairs itself with protein so it’s important to make sure we get enough. Adding plant-based protein powder to a smoothie is a great way to naturally give your body more building blocks and provide yourself with energy.
- ⊙ Raw sprouted pumpkin seeds (1 tablespoon) – Another good dose of protein.
- ⊙ Small Tomato (1) – Just drop the whole thing in there. Optional — not recommended for beginners!
- ⊙ Bee Pollen (1 teaspoon) – Contains vitamins and minerals. Many believe grown bee pollen to be especially good for you, especially if you have plant allergies (as it’s rumored to help you build an immunity to the local pollens).
- ⊙ Ice (1 cup) – To add that chilled smooth taste that’s so desirable in a smoothie.
- ⊙ Blueberries (3/4 cup) – This is optional, but I think most people would prefer it. Frozen or fresh — up to you.
- ⊙ Agave Nectar – also optional.
This can be either a smoothie on its own, or an after-dinner dessert. It will taste like an ice cream milkshake, but made from the all natural sugars found in the ingredients.
- ⊙ Dates (6) This super sweet fruit is full of healthy nutrients, make sure to remove the pit first.
- ⊙ Cashew Nuts (2 cups) – Soak them in a jar for a few hours to soften and allow the protein level to rise.
- ⊙ Raw Cacao (to taste) – A healthier, purer version of chocolate. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons (but don’t go overboard or it will taste bitter).
- ⊙ Frozen banana (half or whole depending on preference); this will help give it the texture of a milkshake.
When blended and poured into a glass, sprinkle some carob nibs or nutmeg on top.
“…compare how your body feels after you drink a freshly made smoothie,
with how you’d normally feel after a snack or a meal”
Experiment! Creating Your Own Low Calorie Recipes
You can change and adapt the ingredients and their portions to meet your wants and needs. In fact, I encourage you to do so!
What follows is a infographic that reveals proven methods for extending the human lifespan. If you follow these suggestions then you statistically will have a better chance to live longer and to leave a positive legacy. Please notice how in the infographic it strongly suggests adding more berries, greens, nuts and seeds to your daily diet!
Research seems to support calorie restriction as a key method for living longer. I know “calorie restriction” has an ominous sound to it. But it’s actually not so bad.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with 1700 calories a day (hardly “restrictive”) with 300 additional calories on days when I exercise (for 2000, total).
I’m 5-foot-nine-inches, so as long as my workouts are normal, then 2,000 calories a day seems to work fine. Bear in mind, those are 2,000 quality calories.
“…if you follow these suggestions then
you statistically will have a better
chance to live longer and to
leave a positive legacy”
There are periods when I workout strenuously every day. On those days, a mere 300 extra calories might not be enough. I haven’t been working out that hard lately, so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Your own daily caloric intake should be determined by your height, genetic metabolism, and fat-to-muscle ratio. Everybody’s unique, so everybody’s number can be different. Ask your doctor and nutritionist what the right caloric intake is for you!
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