The 411 on Smoothies + Weightloss

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The word is out- people are achieving massive weight loss results by making one, simple, dietary change…

A smoothie a day may be the key to sustainable weight loss.

By replacing your morning meal with a nutrient rich smoothie you’re not only appropriately fueling your body, you’re setting yourself up for ongoing success throughout the day.

Interested, but not sure where to start?

Smoothies can be uber complicated or ridiculously simple. Let’s break it down.

img_8823Tools:
Depending on your level of commitment there are a variety of blenders at a range of price points. I’ve listed some popular choices from most to least expensive. Keep in mind an old rachet blender will do the trick.
Vitamix
Ninja Professional
Ninja or magic bullet (single serve)

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Base:
Homemade or store bought will work. If store bought, pay attention to added sugar- some brands are packing heat.
Almond milk
Coconut milk
Cashew milk
Coconut water
Maple water
Water

img_8830Greens:
Should be the bulk of your smoothie. The deeper greens tend to be bitter in flavor and yield a higher nutritional content.
Kale
Spinach
Arugula
Chard
Dandelion

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Fruits:
Try and select fruits low in sugar (such as berries) and keep in mind without a binder your smoothie is not likely to be smooth. Make it easy on yourself by purchasing pre-packaged frozen fruit- be conscious in purchasing unadulterated varieties.
All berries: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, mullberries
Melons: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon
Banana (binder)
Mango (binder)
Avocado (binder)

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If you’re going the way of the powder protein I would recommend an organic, plant-based protein with greens (I’m a big fan of the brand Amazing Grass). Select either organic nut butters or unadulterated raw nuts.
Peanut butter
Almond butter
Sunflower seed butter
Cashew butter
Walnuts
Hemp seeds

 

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Beef up your smoothie with these killer add-ons!
Wheatgrass (alkalizing)
Spirulina (anti-aging)
Maca (energizing)
Cacao (aphrodesiac)
Maqui berry (anti-oxidant)
Chia seed (omegas)
Camu Camu berry (immunity)
Activated charcoal (cleansing)
Matcha (brain booster)

Recipes

Basic 
1 giant handful kale or spinach
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 banana
1 TBL vanilla protein powder or 1 TBL almond butter
4oz unsweetened almond milk

Super Duper
Handful kale
Handful spinach
1/2 banana (optional)
1/4 avocado
1/4″ slice fresh ginger
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 tsp hemp seed
1 tsp chia seed
6oz coconut water (option to swap with filtered water)

Primal Power
Handful spinach
Handful arugula
3-4 fresh basil leaves
1 stalk celery
1/2 small avocado
1/2 TBL olive oil
1 drop oregano oil
1 TBL apple cider vinegar
1/2 lemon, squeezed
Dash cayenne
Dash sea salt
Fresh cracked pepper

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