Monday, January 4, 2016

Diet Friendly Smoothies

Diet season is in full swing as we begin 2016! Aren't you excited!? Well if you are dreading it, but made a resolution for better health hopefully these yummy smoothie recipes will give you some motivation. 

There are some simple places to start when going on a diet. One way to add nutrition to your daily routine is through a smoothie.  Hopefully one of these four smoothie recipes will peak your taste buds and you can add it to your routine. Since going on my diet I've been drinking a smoothie/shake every morning as my breakfast. You can read more about that in my post here

What do I put in my smoothie? As a base for any smoothie, I use coconut or almond milk. Both are comparable in price to dairy-milk and full of nutrients. Almond milk also boasts added protein Then add in about 2 cups of fruit or veggies. You can stop there or add some "toppings" like chia, hemp or flax seeds. If you are using your smoothie as a meal replacement add a protein powder that is whey/dairy free and is has no artificial flavors. If you aren't sure, start reading the label. It won't take long to figure out if there is a bunch of junk hiding in your protein. 

What do you use to make your smoothies? So glad you asked! If you read my posts you know I am a NutriBullet junkie and this is what I use for my smoothies. We even have one at work! I have the NutriBullet Pro at home. They are amazing and will blend anything but straight ice (in my experience). It even comes with a book called “Natural Healing Foods- Supercharge your health in just seconds a day” with recipes and info about your body systems and health issues that can be treated with natural foods. If you aren't on the market for a blender, you can still buy the book on amazon.  

Smoothies are a great treat and with the right recipe are healthy, satisfying and even dessert like. So indulge on your diet and try one of these mouthwatering recipes!

PB&J Smoothie
¾ Cup Strawberries, frozen or fresh
¾ Cup Blueberries, frozen or fresh
1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter or PB2
¼ Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Cup Coconut Milk or milk of choice
1 Packet Stevia
5-6 Ice Cubes

Pineapple, Spinach & Ginger Smoothie
1 Cup Pineapple, sliced
2 Cups Spinach
1 tsp Pickled Ginger
1 Cups Coconut Water or Milk

Chocolate Banana Smoothie
1 Bananna, chopped (better if frozen)
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp. Coco Powder
1 ½ cups Almond Milk
1 Pinch Salt
5-6 Ice Cubes

Raspberry, Peach and Chia Seed Smoothie
1 Cup Peaches, chopped canned or frozen
½ Cup Raspberries, frozen
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 ½ Cups Coconut Water or Milk
½ Cup Ice

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