Enjoying smoothies and losing pounds:)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This month I have been drinking smoothies that I make myself. It has been helping me a lot. 1) It saves me eating lots of calories 2) It takes away my craving for sweets 3) It gets me fruits servings in for the day 4) It helps me feel cool on these very hot days. I am sure I can come up with a couple more but these are my biggest reasons for drinking healthy smoothies:)
I usually have one for breakfast or lunch and sometimes for a snack. I use whatever yogurt and fruit I have on hand. They are so delicious they come out like a nice thick milkshake...yummy!
To make a nice glass full I use 4 ice cubes, 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1 single serving container of lite yogurt(which I freeze because it makes the smoothie thicker), and some fresh or frozen fruit(the amount depends on the fruit and how much I feel like eating but usually a 1/2 banana and a piece of fruit or a few berries). And depending on the flavor I will add a dash of cinnamon and/or vanilla and honey or splenda if I want it a little sweeter;) Oh, and adding a little lemon, lime, or orange zest gives it an extra refreshing kick. Blend it all together until nice and smooth...and yum, enjoy!
This is my version of a smoothie. I like using frozen fruit because it makes it thicker and you can cut back on the ice for a stronger fruit flavor but smaller serving. I throw my fresh fruit in the freezer before they go bad and now I never have to throw it in the trash! I know there are endless possibilities and recipes but I just thought I would share what I do for anyone that may be curious. Also adding 1/2-1 tsp. of ground flaxseed gives a boost of fiber.
If anyone has a good smoothie or drink recipe let me know. I'd be interested in trying it:) Blessings!