It is the time of year for new beginnings and fresh starts, particularly in the area of healthier living. The thought of starting an intense exercise and healthier eating program can be overwhelming. One way to take the first step toward healthier living is to incorporate a small food change into your routine once a day. This can be in the form of a healthy weight loss shake that you can make yourself and is delicious and filling.
Five servings of fruits and vegetables are recommended daily so that we can achieve a nutritional balance. This is hard to achieve in an on the go pace that many of us have. We have adopted the habit of stopping by a fast food drive through to grab a burger or kids meal which have little to no nutritional value. Children tend to also mirror the habits of adults and start to also crave fast food or grab as you go snacks. Homemade shakes provide a solution by not only giving us the nutrition that our bodies need but can be made to order quickly and taken on the go.
5 Shake Recipes for a Healthier You
Take a look at these delicious easy to prepare healthy recipes for Shakes:
Add one cup of low-fat yogurt to a blender. Add four medium size strawberries with tops removed and one banana. Add 3 teaspoons of honey. You may also add one scoop of protein powder. For a thinner consistency also add 5 ice cubes (I like mine without ice cubes). Blend for 20 seconds or until desired consistency. Any leftover shake can be out into the freezer for a frozen treat later on.
Vegetable shakes are also very popular and deliver a high amount of nutrients. Try adding your favorite vegetable to a juicer after removing the top layer of skin that may have some chemicals on it. Add a cup of low-fat yogurt. Consider adding one teaspoon of lemon to help with the taste.
Orange Juice Shake
Add 6 oz of orange juice to a blender with ½ cup of low-fat yogurt and ½ cup of skim milk. Next add ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract and ice cubes to help with the consistency. I also like to add 2 teaspoons of honey for a sweeter taste.
Blend 2 scoops of protein powder with ¾ cup of pineapple (fresh pineapple ideal). Add 10 ounces of water. May also add five ice cubes if thinner consistency desired.
Add ½ mango, peeled to a blender with one cup of low-fat yogurt. Add one scoop of protein powder and blend. Ice cubes may be added for a thinner consistency.
January 31st, 2009
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