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Smoothies for Weight Loss

Smoothies for weight loss are a great way to get some good nutrients into your body without a lot of time or effort.

My Favourite Kind of Blender

First you'll need a blender. My favourite is the "wand"-style blender. It requires the least cleanup. The traditional blender has blades at the bottom and a lid on top. The wand-style looks like a (wait for it...) wand. You stick it in an open-mouthed container blades-first and the container doesn't require a lid. Just make sure not to lift the blades too close to the surface or you'll get some spraying. 

When you're finished blending your smoothie, cleanup is easier. Instead of having to clean out a big blender and reaching in with your hand around sharp blades, or removing the blade unit from the base of the blender, the wand-style blender can be rinsed off and then soaked in hot, soapy water. I feel less likely to cut myself when using the wand.

A container often comes with the purchase of the wand, but you can improvise with other containers if the one they sell is too small for your needs.

What Ingredients Do You Put in Your Smoothies for Weight Loss?

Typical smoothies for weight loss have fruit and water, milk or yogurt, but have you ever thought of putting some salad greens in there too? Spinach or kale or any type of salad green will do. The trick is to not put too many greens in or it can start to taste a bit too "gardeny", so make sure you add enough fruit to balance out the greens.

One of the key ingredients for a smoothie is a banana. There's something about a banana that really makes a smoothie. It helps with consistency and flavour and makes it more enjoyable.

As for the fruit in smoothies for weight loss, berries are often used - strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for example. Other fruits include peaches, pineapple, oranges, apricots, cherries, mangoes and melons. You can get quite creative with making your own blends and flavours. I've had some smoothies that are to die for.

Frozen fruit and greens can make mixing up your smoothies even simpler. Fresh fruits and greens straight form the garden are obviously the best option. However, the fresh produce from the store has often been sitting in the store and in transport for a matter of days. Frozen produce has been shown to be as fresh or even fresher than the fresh produce in the store, as it is frozen so soon after being picked.

Is There Anything Else You Can Put in Your Smoothie?

Why as a matter of fact, there is. You can add supplements to your smoothies for weight loss: chia seeds, hemp seeds, wheat germ, whey, flax seed, wheatgrass, coconut oil.

You can get creative with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, coriander, mint, cilantro, cloves, vanilla.

You can add nut butters: peanut, almond, cashew, walnut, sunflower seed, hazelnut, sesame seed.

And if you're comfortable with some leafy greens in your smoothies for weight loss, why not try some other non-leafy vegetables? Carrots, peas, cucumbers, beets, mushrooms, zucchinis, to name just some. As with the salad greens, make sure not to put too many vegetables in there. Balance it out with enough fruit to make it more palatable.

Don't feel like you have to be a super cook to choose what kinds of ingredients to put in a smoothie. Although those with more culinary skills could probably whip up some incredibly tasty concoctions, a smoothie need not be complicated in order to taste good. Even just some strawberries, a banana and some milk or yogurt can make a very tasty treat.


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