Homemade (protein) smoothie for weight loss
This recipe is the way I made my smoothie earlie today. I always play around with my ingredients but my staples are Flaxseed, Coconut oil, Turmeric and other herbs. I keep a variety of frozen fruits and have fun with my recipe. I sometimes use apple juice or homemade citrus juices instead of almond milk especially when adding veggies.The benefits of this recipe
This recipe contains no sweeteners except for the natural sweetness of the fruits selected.
It will fill you up thanks to and ingredients like Flaxseed and coconut oil.
1 cup of Almond Milk
¼ cup of Flaxseed
1 large spoon Coconut oil (melted)*
Frozen fruits of choice. here I had (6) Strawberries & (3 pieces) banana.I use the bananas as my natural sweetener. It keeps me from adding sugar or honey. I do limit the amount of bananas to just a few pieces because bananas are high in calories.
1 Yoplait Greek yogurtHerbs: 1/8 tsp each of Oregano powder, Fennel powder and Turmeric powder.
Put all the ingredients in the blender starting with the Almond milk and blend for a few minutes.
Serve and sprinkle with cinnamon for additional weight loss benefits and natural sweetness.
Why Almond milk? Almond milk provides twice the calcium of dairy milk and almonds are healthy proteins with many health benefits.
Why Coconut oil? Coconut oil is a healthy fat, great for athlete, packed with health benefits and assist with weight loss.
Why Flaxseed? Flaxseed will over needed bulk to your smoothie and protein. Flaxseed contains omega 3 fats and Alpha Lipoic Acid known to help with weight loss reduction.
Why Greek yogurt? Greek Yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt. For more info on Greek yogurt ‘s benefits read: http://www.goodhealthdiva.blogspot.com/2012/07/healthy-choices-benefits-of-greek.html
Why frozen fruits? Your fruits do not have to be frozen. I freeze mine because they last longer and I can simply reach out for them at anytime for my smoothies. I also like the fact that the frozen texture will ‘bulk’ my smoothie and keep me from adding ice to my mixtures. When I happen to have fresh fruits available I mix some frozen fruits with the fresh ones.
Why Oregano? Oregano has more antioxidant than most fruits and many health benefits.
Why Fennel? Fennel provides great fiber and bulk to your smoothie, good for digestion and offers weight loss benefits. Fennel has many other health benefits.
Why Turmeric? Turmeric is widely use in India for its health benefits to learn more check the link http://goodhealthdiva.blogspot.com/2011/01/benefits-of-turmeric.html and JOIN the site www.goodhealthdiva.blogspot.com for additional health ideas.
*You want to make sure to melt your Coconut oil before blending otherwise it tends to harden creating small tiny white balls in your drink. Due to the summer heat I didn’t have to melt it but during the winter I put a little in a ramekin or small bowl and keep it next to the stove while I boil some water or cook some food.
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