Even after spending countless hours at the gym, following strict diets and denying yourself some of the most delicious foods, losing weight could be really difficult for you.
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One main reason why people have trouble losing weight is that they are unable to keep up their energy levels.
What don’t people realize that you can speed up weight loss just by changing your diet and eating habits!
However, changing your diet without planning might not produce useful results.
Experts suggest that instead of getting rid of an entire food group, why not add something beneficiary to your menu that will boost your metabolism.
Starting your day with a nutritional smoothie might inspire you to plan your other meals throughout the day.
And remember you can add or lessen the ingredients in your drink to make it tastier and healthier.
Here are 5 amazingly nutritional smoothies you can start your day with.
1. Blueberry Smoothie
Morning routines can be very hectic. Whether you’re a college student, a working professional or a stay at home mom who just likes to eat and drink healthy, starting your day with a nutritional smoothie will keep you hydrated and fresh throughout the day.
Smoothies are indeed considered an essential part of the morning meals because they are easy to make.
Also, they boost your metabolism and set a healthy pattern for your entire day’s eating.
You don’t have to follow the recipes here. In fact, feel free to experiment with your smoothie. Along with the blueberries add a banana to make it naturally sweet. Make sure you don’t forget to add the frozen spinach.
It might seem strange to you, but you won’t even taste it in your smoothie and still enjoy the benefits of extra iron and vitamin C.
You can make yourself a delicious and healthy smoothie just by following these tips.
Step 1: Add The Core Ingredients Required For A Smoothie
- 2 scoops of good quality protein powder, containing 15-20 gm. of protein, less than 6g of carbohydrates, less than 2 gm. of sugar and at least 2 gm. of fiber.
- For extra fiber and a healthy Omega 3 add 1 tablespoon Chia seeds and Flax seeds to your smoothie.
- 4 ounces of dairy-free liquid.
The dairy-free liquid contains one part water and half unsweetened almond milk. The quantity depends on the consistency you prefer. Add less liquid if you want a thicker shake or more water if you want a thinner consistency.
Dairy free liquids contain vanilla almond milk, unsweetened coconut milk, and water.
Step 2: Optional Add-Ins
These add-ins will provide you with some extra calories, fat, and fiber. These enriched ingredients will keep you full for a longer period of time and keep your hunger satisfied. You can choose 2-3 items from the list below:
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Hemp Seeds
2. Ginger/Pineapple Smoothie
Ginger is commonly known for boosting metabolism. However, you can replace the pineapple with your favorite citrus fruit that will add a hint of sourness to the smoothie.
But if you want to experience the tastes of a tropical island, then pineapple is your go-to ingredient in this recipe. All you’ll need is:
- 1 banana
- 1 cup fresh pineapples
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
- Half cup Greek yogurt (any flavor)
- Half cup fresh pineapple juice or water
Blend all the ingredients enjoy your delicious drink.
3. Peanut Butter Smoothie
Peanut butter smoothie is not only delicious but also gives enough energy that lasts all day long. Drinking one large glass in the morning will keep your stomach full the entire day and keep you energized for workouts and all the tasks of the day. To make this drink, all you need is:
- 1 large banana
- 1 tablespoon of ‘rich’ peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth)
- A handful of frozen spinach leaves
- 1 small scoop of whey protein powder- readily available at any local superstore.
- Half teaspoon of cinnamon powder. This is optional but gives your drink an additional spice flavor.
- Add water or skimmed milk- the amount depends on the consistency you prefer of your smoothie.
Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy your drink.
4. Tropical Treat Smoothie
This tropical treat is so yummy and addicting that you’ll want to have it every single day. This energy not only boosts your metabolism but the vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc also help to improve the immune system as well. All you need to make this tropical treat is:
- Half cup cantaloupe- diced
- Half cup mango- diced
- Half cup pumpkin seeds- finely chopped
- Half cup pineapple- diced
- Water depending on how thick or thin you want your drink to be.
Just blend all the ingredients and enjoy your drink. This smoothie keeps you refreshed and active for the whole day.
5. Apple/Almond Smoothie
If you’re not a fan of eating breakfast and usually skip the most important meal of the day then this almond and apple smoothie will serve as compensation. It has enough vitamins and proteins that skipping breakfast won’t be a big deal anymore.
It boosts your metabolism and makes you feel good the entire day. The addition of apple and banana ensures that you get the right amount of fiber your body requires.
To prepare this smoothie, you’ll need:
- 5-6 almonds
- 1 medium apple
- 1 large banana
- Half cup nonfat or skimmed milk or low-fat milk
- Greek yogurt (whatever flavor you prefer)
- Half teaspoon of cinnamon
Just put all the ingredients together and give it a good blend until you achieve the desired consistency.
These nutritional smoothies not only taste delicious but they are rich in fiber and vitamins too. One drink a day will give you the nutrition you require as well as keep you hydrated and active for the entire day’s work and workout.
You can always feel free to experiment with the add-ins and fruits that you want to add to your drink. It will not only enhance the taste but give you extra protein too. Make sure you try them and pass on the fantastic and easy recipes to your friends.