According to Wikipedia, a diet is defined as “the sum of the food consumed by an organism or a group.” And dieting means “the deliberate selection of food to control body weight or nutrient intake.” Taking that into consideration, how would you like to have a healthy, low-calorie-and-low fat smoothie that you can enjoy without the guilt?
Are Diet Smoothies Even Possible?
Many people consider smoothies a luxury, like a guilt-free binge that destroys one’s dieting intentions. The smooth, creaminess of the treat and the sweet deliciousness is enough to drive you to contentment – for about exactly 5 minutes … after which, you would be thinking of how to lose the few pounds that you think you gained by enjoying one smoothie.
Sometimes, though, we really can’t blame smoothies and other sweet treats for our supposed weight gain. The real question is: Do you eat breakfast? In our busy world, we sometimes forget that the most important meal of the day is actually the one we wake up to every day.
This is the time when a person’s metabolism “wakes up” and prepares itself for its job: calorie burning. The perfect breakfast can actually be in the form of a smoothie – the ingredients are healthy but delish, it’s usually easy to prepare and easy to drink so it won’t make you late.
And in reality, since most smoothies are founded upon fruits or vegetables combined with dairy ingredients (such as milk or yoghurt), these can actually help you in your daily dieting needs by complementing your food intake. You can even take smoothies during your break time instead of cakes or chips that you may normally eat during those 15-minute rest periods.
Here are some recipes that you can use in making a diet or a power smoothie for breakfast:
- Blend and puree the following ingredients: 1 frozen banana (frozen fruits usually bring out an additional, natural sweetness than those of fresh fruits), 8 oz. of plain or vanilla yogurt, 6 ice cubes, a tablespoon of protein (or whey) powder, 1 and one-third of water, and a handful of fresh strawberries (blueberries or raspberries may be used as a substitute as well).
- A 3-inch cube of tofu can also be added to the following: a cup of plain yoghurt (or a cup of light fat-free yoghurt), 1 cup of skimmed milk, 1 frozen banana, three-fourths cup of blueberries and 1 cup of strawberries. Blend and puree until the consistency is smooth. Serve immediately.
Sometimes, just adding a tablespoon of protein powder makes it not just a calorie-burning drink, but also a power smoothie that may take you all the way up until lunch time, where you can get to replenish lost energy.
It’s all about making the right choices when it comes to your ingredients. This is where following recipes, like the ones in recipe books like “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”, can really help you achieve your dieting goals.
The most important thing is that you can take smoothies anytime – but most especially to stave off hunger pangs. So you see, not all good things are bad. Some are actually beneficial to us, making us healthy and wiser in the choices that we make.
If you are on the lookout for amazing diet smoothie recipes, do check out:
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