We all know the “secret” to successful dieting; to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. But, if you eat less, you get hungry which, in turn; causes continued eating which means you don’t lose weight! The other side of this argument is that, if you feel “full”, you eat less because you don’t have the “hunger edge” that you have to deal with.
So the challenge becomes one of finding interesting, tasty low calorie, high nutrient foods to keep you satisfied for longer periods to cut down or, hopefully, eliminate between meal snacking. The answer to this challenge can be found by adding healthy smoothies to your daily meal plan in place of high calorie, fatty alternatives.
Healthy smoothies that use natural, low-calorie ingredients are often the best choice when it comes to natural, effective weight control. All fruit smoothie recipes include ingredients that are vitamin-rich, are good protein sources and give your body the fiber it needs to for healthy digestion. Fruit smoothie recipes can be made with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, low fat or no fat milk, low-fat yogurt, fruit juices, and even water in the form of ice cubes.
Video: How to Make a Healthy Homemade Smoothie
A smoothie mix is a very easy meal to include in your daily diet. Unlike diet products, there is no required recipe or combinations. Almost every fruit and vegetable can successfully be made into a tasty healthy smoothie. Smoothies can be made with a single fruit or a combination of several fruits and vegetables in a single recipe. While fresh fruit is preferred, there is nothing wrong with creating a smoothie using frozen ingredients either.
Really, about the only word of caution is to be aware that you control the number of calories in your recipes with the ingredients you choose. If you are making a yogurt smoothie, consider using low-fat or fat-free yogurts, and in place of whole milk, try soy or 2%. The amount of juice, milk or ice you add to a smoothie will be based on the texture and freshness of the fruit you use., as well if it the fruit is fresh or frozen.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and even combine fruits and vegetables for some great flavors. For example, here are surprisingly tasty recipes that containing the list of healthy ingredients such as pineapples, blueberries, bananas, and spinach!
Healthy Pineapple Smoothie
• 1 cup of pineapple chunks-fresh, frozen or canned
• 1 cup of spinach
• 1 banana
• 4 fresh mint leaves
• 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
• 1 cup of coconut water
• 1/2 cup of crushed ice
• 1 teaspoon chia seed to add rich nutrients and antioxidants
Healthy Blueberry Smoothie
• 1 frozen banana, thawed for 10 to 15 minutes
• 1/2 cup vanilla soy or skim milk
• 1 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons flax seed meal
• 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
• 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
Healthy Berry Smoothie
• 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut water or skim milk
• 1/2 cup (120 g) vanilla low-fat yogurt
• 1/2 cup (75 g) frozen unsweetened strawberries
• 1/2 cup (80 g) frozen blueberries
• 1/2 cup (100 g) frozen raspberries
• 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
• 2 Tablespoons honey for a sweeter smoothie
• 1 medium banana for a thicker smoothie
Put all ingredients in your blender, cover and mix until mixture is uniform and well blended. Serve immediately. These super healthy and delicious smoothies are packed with vitamin C, heart-healthy antioxidants, calcium, dietary fiber and essential Omega-3 fatty acids from the flax seed. Try these easy smoothies and your body will thank you.