Friday, 16 May 2014

Homemade Weight Loss Smoothies

Homemade Weight Loss Smoothies - Losing weight was never so easy, with some homemade weight loss smoothies. Smoothies are considered the best alternative to artificial weight loss shakes available in the market today. Read on to know how they benefit you, and check out some recipes as well. 

Fitness has got an altogether different meaning today. We all want to stay fit, stay healthy, and reduce our weight as much as we can allow ourselves. First came the concept of hitting the gym everyday. Gradually, we understood that going to the gym isn't going to help much if we don't control our intake of food. At this point, we were introduced to a number of different diets, each promising reduction in inches. Drinking weight loss shakes was a part of these diets or the diet itself. However, these shakes are continuously under one debate or the other. On the other hand, homemade weight loss smoothies are said to be a better option amongst the detox drinks people consume, to lose weight. Let's check out why! 

The benefits of making your own smoothies at home are many. Unlike tea, coffee and soda, smoothies keep you hydrated. This is perhaps one of the most important roles they play. Though juices aim at the same, they aren't filling like smoothies. Increasing your metabolism early morning is very essential, and having a smoothie as your breakfast, achieves just that. Not just that, smoothies fill your tummy better than juices or any other drink. Milkshakes do the same, but their base is only milk, which limits the intake of nutrients. Smoothies offer a better variety, sometimes just a mix of all fruits available in a blender. Now that you know why smoothies are preferred over other weight loss drinks, here are a few recipes that you can try out! 

Recipes for Homemade Weight Loss Smoothies 

Homemade smoothies are easy to prepare, and usually, you would find all the ingredients at home itself. Smoothies are usually a combination of various fruits and some liquid as a base. However, veggies and dietary powders such as whey protein can also be added. Given below are 5 homemade weight loss smoothie recipes, with easy procedures. If you want to add a sweet taste to any of the following smoothies, use only maple syrup or nectar. 

Fresh Fruits Smoothie 

The simplest recipe for weight loss smoothies would be one where you blend all the fruits you can get your hands on. It is always good to start off with as much variety as possible and then cut down on the fruits that you don't happen to like. You can add a little bit of orange juice to make the smoothie a little easy to drink. Balance the smoothie with both, fibrous and pulpy fruits to make it of drinkable thickness. Some of the most commonly used fruits are strawberries, bananas, kiwis, grapes, pineapples, plumps, apples and papayas. If you like your smoothies on the thicker side, freeze the fruits before you use them. 

Regular Banana & Strawberry Smoothie 

Apart from providing instant energy, a banana would give you tons of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, selenium and fluoride, in addition to quite a few vitamins. Similarly, strawberries would give you other sets of minerals and vitamins. Take a medium banana and one small cup of strawberries. Blend them well by hand instead of using a blender. If you wish to, add crushed ice to this smoothie. Yogurt, the flavor of banana or strawberry, will make the smoothie more thicker and tastier. You can add ingredients such as peanut butter, hemp seeds, orange/pineapple juice (only 1 - 2 tbsp), coconut milk and liquid honey, to make the smoothie more nutritious and tasty. 

Go Veggie! 

If you are a 'green smoothie' lover, you're bound to love this one. Take 100 gms of raw, frozen spinach and half a banana. Add some maple syrup to it and blend this mixture. Though you will be drinking a lot of spinach, the taste of the smoothie is going to be sweet. Adding a little bit of warm water might help to lessen the thickness of the smoothie. Having spinach early in the morning will fill you up with some 10 minerals, almost all the vitamins, and also the amino acids. Bananas give instant energy, so you will be active right from the start of the day. You can try different veggies such as cabbage and lettuce, which are nutritious as well. Blueberries and pineapples are considered great add-ons with these veggie smoothies. 

The New Blend of Coconut Milk 

Smoothies with a blend of coconut milk are fast becoming the most liked breakfast for people who are following a diet. Natural coconut water, milk and meat, are some of the most nutritious elements you can add to your smoothie. Coconut milk with some avocado blended in it, is a rich breakfast. You can add water or little bit of ice cream, to put in some additional taste. Almonds and dates can also be added if you wish to. This smoothie will help you reduce the bad cholesterol, and also provide you with nutrients like lauric acid that have their own benefits. It will also help you increase your metabolism rate, another reason why this is considered a good breakfast. If not on a diet, you can also add chocolate powder to this smoothie. Instead of coconuts, you can use coconut milk powder too. 

Fruits + Yogurt/Kefir 

Using yogurt and/or kefir is another great option for your homemade smoothie recipe. First, the fruits will add the necessary nutrients. Second, yogurt and/or kefir would not only give it a different taste, but also help make the smoothie and bit thicker. Along with yogurt, you will get the additional benefit of live cultures and probiotics. You can't forget the vitamin D and calcium at all. Take some 5 whole strawberries, a quarter banana, yogurt, and some maple syrup, to sweeten the taste just a little. Blend this mixture well and have it chilled. Always use 'whole milk' kefir and yogurt in your smoothies. You can keep the mixture to just one fruit or add some more fruits such as blueberries and kiwis. 

These were some of the best weight loss smoothies for you to prepare. It is advised not to replace all your meals with these homemade weight loss smoothies. Contrary to this, you can certainly replace all your snacks with them. Your breakfast also helps decide your sugar level for the rest of the day, and this makes it important to start the day in a healthy way. You are always free to experiment with some of the ingredients. Keep it Healthy! 
Also read another useful article about weight loss shakes.

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