A smoothie is essentially liquid food and is a great way to take in calories especially if you hate cooking or if you need to feed a fastidious teen.
Smoothies aid our healthy diet plans by making it easier to consume food that we might not normally eat or use in our daily cooking.
Also, a smoothie is easier to make, takes less time to make and generally tastes great. And because smoothies can be as complete a meal as you like it to be, smoothies therefore, are also a big boon to those recovering from illnesses or accidents.
The use of smoothies in diets is very common amongst those recovering from illnesses or accidents however, what is less common is use of smoothies for weight loss diets. Green smoothies are perfect for losing weight 😉
Here’s a nice recipe for a smoothie that aids weight loss programs:
- 11/2 cups green tea
- 11/2 cups avocado
- 3 tablespoons oatmeal
- 11/2 cups blueberries
Pour the green tea into your blender, add in the other ingredients and start the blender on slow and gradually increase the speed. If required, use a blender stick or spoon to ensure everything is blended nicely.
Allow me to explain how the above smoothie aids your healthy diet plan.
The Avocado in the recipe above thickens up the smoothie, and also makes it ‘rich’. The unsaturated fat in it increases the good cholesterol, i.e. high density lipids (HDL) in the bloodstream. The HDL keeps your arteries clean and healthy and
prevents heart attacks from happening.
Due to its antioxidant properties, green tea eliminates cancer causing free radicals in our bodies. Additionally, green tea is also a mild diuretic that rids us of unneeded fluid. Green tea also contains EGCG which
helps to speed up your metabolism and helps burn fat.
Oatmeal has a lot of fiber which is essential for any weight loss program. Oatmeal helps keep those hunger pains at bay and ensures you don’t binge between meals. It
stabilizes blood glucose levels and lowers cholesterol levels.
For this reason, it is also a recommended food for diabetics.
Oatmeal is also known as a ‘slow energy release’ food. Oatmeal takes a while to digest and as it digests, it releases small amounts of energy which helps meet your energy requirements between meals.
Blueberries give your smoothie a nice rich color, flavor and fragrance. It is a known
health food that aids weight loss (due to its high fiber content),
inhibits formation of cancer cells, lowers cholesterol, and as an added bonus, enhances memory.
The best thing about a smoothie is that you need a blender and a glass and you’re done.
Smoothies have a way of enhancing your dining experience and make you feel ‘light’ and energetic. So go ahead, add smoothies to your healthy diet.