Superfoods Paperback Review

Starting a superfood based diet plan means taking the time to get to know your foods. You not only need to know what superfoods are out there but also come up with meal plans that use the foods in a way that gives you the most benefit. For example, you don’t want to have meals that have superfoods only to be missing out on the nutrients you need the most because the superfoods you have chosen aren’t exactly focused on your needs. That is where the Superfoods paperback comes in.

What is the Superfoods Paperback?

The Superfoods paperback is a recipe book that is designed for meal planning and prep. It has enough recipes that keep things different and can keep you trying new foods. You can also easily see what the options are and determine if the specific recipes are not something you can do because of your ability to get the superfoods listed. The idea behind this book is to be more than just a list of foods that fall into the superfood category. This book strives to give you a detailed guide to the foods and how to use them properly to benefit you.

What Makes this Book Stand Out from Others?

There are several things that make this book stand out from others in the same superfoods category. One is that it is versatile. It is a guide, recipe book, and can fit into your menu planning and meal prepping. Another aspect of the book that makes it stand out is that it can be used to focus on certain issues you are having. For example, if you want to boost superfoods for weight loss or for fatigue, then you can use the guide portion of this book for that and then the recipes to make it practical.

How Practical is the Book for Daily Use?

The test of any book like this is how practical it is for your daily use or the use you have for it. If you want to use the Superfoods paperback as a guide, then it is ideal for that though you will need to take a bit to really read it. It isn’t a quick search guide. If you are using it for recipe and meal ideas, it is easy to apply and use. The biggest issue some people may have with this book is the ability to find the superfoods in an organic and fresh option near them so they can get the full benefits of the food.

Get your copy of “Superfoods: 150 Recipes to Inspire Health & Happiness” today.

 

 

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Three Superfoods for Anti-Aging Benefits

As you grow older, you start to look towards anti-aging options in your daily life. These may consist of everything from makeup to essential oils as well as superfoods. If you are trying to change your diet plans and incorporate superfoods that help with anti-aging or offer advanced anti-aging benefits then there are a few you can consider. In fact, you may already be ingesting some of these foods now and will find you only need to add more of these nutrient-rich anti-aging superfoods. Here are a few to consider for your own anti-aging routine and issues.

Blueberries

When you think of anti-aging superfoods you may be looking for foods that focus on your body, either internally or externally. The truth is, anti-aging also deals with your mind and memory as well. If you are concerned about your memory and have noticed some issues lately, consider adding blueberries to your diet. You can do this in dried or powder form, in juices, as part of superfood bowls, or as part of a superfood fruit salad. You can even incorporate them into salad dressings. In addition to anthocyanins, that aid with memory, they also have anti-inflammatory attributes that can help aging muscles and joints.

Avocado

The great thing about using avocados in your anti-aging superfood plan is the ease of which you can add them. One of the easiest ways to add avocado is to blend it to a cream form with a little of olive oil and then use it as a mayonnaise. This can also be done in salads as well as a replacement for many dressings. Avocados can be found year-round in most areas. They work in anti-aging due to their monounsaturated fats, normally called good fats, that help absorb and keep other nutrients in your body for longer. This means they boost your other superfoods to their maximum benefits.

Leafy Greens

Kale is one of the most popular forms of leafy greens used in anti-aging superfood recipes. They contain phytonutrients which prevent free radical damage to the body. They also help reduce heart disease and the risk of heart disease, which is a huge concern for most people looking at assistance with anti-aging. You can easily add kale and other leafy greens into juices, smoothies, and as a simple daily salad as well.

These foods can be added to your juices, smoothies, superfood bowls, and even as capsules that are taken throughout the day. Remember, most superfoods work best when used with a complete healthy eating diet plan and exercise routine.

There are so many healthier foods to add to your diet each day that we can’t possibly talk about them here but experiment and experience how these nutrient-rich superfoods make you feel and help you look younger.

I hope you enjoy adding some of these superfoods to your smoothies, salads or other dishes. And as always if you have ideas to add these superfoods to your diet feel free to share below.

To your health!

Pamela

 

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Superfoods for Memory and Brain Power

When you first start using superfoods, you may be doing it to boost weight loss or to help with overall health in a new wellness plan. One of the things you may not think about is using superfoods to help with memory and brainpower. In fact, if you have been noticing a loss of memory or having issues concentrating, then superfoods may be the ideal choice. Here are a few superfoods to consider that can help with these issues and are easy to incorporate throughout your day.

Salmon or Salmon Oil

One of the leading superfoods for memory and brain power boosts is salmon. You may be a person that doesn’t like the taste of salmon or doesn’t eat fish for whatever reason. That means you are likely about to overlook this option but don’t do that just yet. There are ways to get salmon into your diet without cooking or eating fish. You can use salmon derived omega oils that come in capsule form. These can be taken easily in the morning or in the evening and will have the same effects and benefits as eating salmon would. This is also an ideal option if you are on a calorie-cutting diet and want to avoid salmon for those reasons.


Avocado

When you think of avocado, you may be thinking of it as something that is in sushi or on a salad. For that reason, many people avoid it. The truth is, you can get the memory or brain power benefits of avocado easily by simply using it as a replacement in some smoothies or as a replacement for high-fat options like mayonnaise on sandwiches. Avocado is also ideal for someone that has a hard time finding superfood fruits and vegetables due to their location since most stores do carry avocados year-round. You can also add it to your diet by simply ordering vegetarian sushi options that contain avocado. You can double up on the memory-boosting properties by getting a salmon and avocado roll option if sushi is something you enjoy.

Nuts and Seeds

You don’t have to stick to just a certain type of nut, like almonds, to get brain-boosting and memory-boosting benefits. Any grouping of nuts and seeds will offer you the same benefit. In fact, an easy way to incorporate nuts and seeds in your daily eating routine, and get the memory boost you want is to mix or buy nut and berry mixed pouches. Most nut companies make snack packs that can give you energy and memory boosts, especially in the afternoon when your brain starts to slow down and needs assistance.

These are just three of the most common memory boosting superfoods out there. You can find them easily, and in most cases in easy to use options like capsules and snack packs. This makes them even easier to add into your daily routine and give you that boost you need.

Do you have ideas you’d like to share regarding superfoods to help your memory? If so, please share below. Everyone will appreciate your sharing.

To your health,

Pamela

 

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Three Ways to Incorporate Chia Seeds to Your Diet

Chia seeds are something you may see in different drinks, health foods, and even in yogurt. This is due to Chia seeds having an enormous amount of benefits including 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 30% of the daily requirement of magnesium per serving. Though Chia seeds are included in a number of foods, you may be wondering how you can include them in your own daily diet without having to buy expensive premixed options. Here are a few ways you can use them today.

Overnight Oats

One of the easiest ways to incorporate Chia seeds into your diet is to add them in overnight oats recipes. The mistake many people make with this is to use the Chia seeds with a quick cook oat. You must use regular rolled oats for the recipe to turn out properly. Remember, you can add the Chia seeds at night as a topping or on top in the morning and you can heat the oatmeal if it is easier for you to digest. The seeds will become softer if you use them as part of the full overnight recipe but can add a crunch in the morning if you choose to add them at that time.

Juicing and Smoothies

If oatmeal isn’t something you enjoy, you can consider using the Chia seeds in juicing and smoothies. The concern for many people is the hard nature of the seeds and how they will break down in the smoothie or juice. If the texture is a turnoff for you, consider soaking the seeds overnight. You can do this in filtered water then drain the seeds and add them to the juice or smoothie. You can also soak the seeds in a juice if you like to give them a less watered down flavor.

Sauces

If you like a lot of pasta, even whole wheat or vegetarian versions, then you know the importance of having a sauce. Most sauces consist of pureed vegetables and other components, and Chia seeds can be part of that puree. You can add them at the beginning of sauces so they break down through the cooking process or you can soak them, just like with juicing and smoothies, and add them at another point during preparation.

These are only three of the ways you can incorporate Chia seeds into your own daily diet. Remember seeds, Chia or otherwise, can generally be incorporated in much the same way. So, think about how you would incorporate more common seeds and work from that point. Also, think about the ways you can incorporate them ahead of time, like in overnight oats, to reap the benefits without losing a large amount of prep time during your already busy schedule.

There are many other ways to incorporate Chia seeds into your diet. These are just a few to start with. I hope you enjoy trying Chia seeds.

If you have some ideas on how to add Chia seeds to your diet, share them below.

To you health,

Pamela

 

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Optavia Review

Program: Optavia

Website: www.optavia.com

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

 

What is Optavia?

Optavia is a community of like-minded people using a dedicated, trusted, proven program to help people just like you and I attain optimal health and wellness. With the help of your health coach, who supports and guides you, you set and attain your health goals. If your goal is to lose weight, your coach and the Optavia community is there to help you. If you are looking to attain better nutrition and a healthier lifestyle the Optavia program is there for you to learn and use. There is something for everyone with the Optavia program.

The Optavia community focuses on a healthy body, a healthy mind, and healthy finances. You decide what is most important to you and set your goals to attain what you are aiming for. The Optavia community is there with you every step of the way.

The first step is to decide what you are looking to accomplish. Do you need to lose weight? Do you just want to learn to eat healthier? Do you want to have your own business and enjoy helping people get healthy? All these things can be attained through the Optavia program.

How Does Optavia Help People Lose Weight?

The Optavia community and your health coach teach you the “Habits of Health.” Optavia uses meal replacements as a weight-loss tool but is so much more than just weight loss. You begin by talking to a health coach and discussing what your health goals are. Take a health assessment and decide how you would like to attain those goals. Your health coach will help you decide what plan will work best for you and then help you place your first order. There are several plans to choose from to help you reach your weight loss or health goals. As stated before, your health coach will be with you every step of the way. The Optavia plans are structured in a way to help you begin to learn and put into place one of the first habits of health.

—>>> See my Medifast Review to learn more about the healthy meal replacements <<<–

How Do You Get Started?

When you go to Optavia.com you will learn more about the program and you can place an order. You can also request a health coach. Alternatively, you can visit my website. I am a health coach who has been successful in the program and I continue to use the program. I am helping people get healthier. I would be honored to help you!

I was a health coach a few years ago and moved away from it for a while when I started working with my husband. I loved helping people and decided to become a health coach again. During my time as a health coach, I helped 40 of my clients lose a combined 1,000 lbs. It was exciting for me to see that so many people were getting healthier.

 

What are the Goals of Optavia?

This is a very broad question, but I had to share it. Optavia is working to reach everyone with the message of health through our health coaches and the Optavia community. We are a family. By teaching the “Habits of Health” and helping people to reach optimal health Optavia is working to help America get healthier! Studies have shown that when we have support, we are more likely to be successful. The Optavia community is working to help you and others like you become successful.

 

Who Can Benefit from Using the Optavia Program?

Who can benefit from using the Optavia program? Everyone!! Whether you need to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, alleviate medications, eat healthier, learn healthier habits for longer life, help others get healthier, or improve your personal finances by starting and owning your own business the Optavia program and community offers one or more of those benefits.

 

Optavia in the News!

If you’d like to see how Optavia is helping so many people check out the Optavia in the News page.

Optavia in the News!

 

How does Optavia Rate?

As you see above, I rated Optavia at a 9.5 out of 10 for its accessibility and use, it’s easy to follow and stick to, it’s community outreach and training, its quick-learning curve and educational opportunities. The meal replacements are very good too, unlike some that taste like cardboard. I had several clients before that had tried other programs and that was their description, not mine. I have tried other protein bars and shakes that I did not like, but I like the ones from Optavia a lot better. And most importantly, the program works!

If you are looking to lose weight and/or get healthier I hope that I have provided some valuable information to help you decide and make a good choice.

 

To your health!

Pamela

 

Full Disclosure:  I am a health coach for Optavia as well as a client.  This review comes from my own personal experience.  If you go to my personal website listed above and you place an order, I may receive a small commission.  The flip-side of that is I become your health coach and I’ll be there for you.   

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3 Ways to Incorporate Ginger into Your Diet

Ginger is used in a variety of ways in many people’s diets including to help settle stomach upset during pregnancy. Though the spice is available in candied, powdered, pills, and tea forms many people are still not sure how to add it into their diet directly. If you are considering adding ginger into your new diet routine or health care routine, here are three ways to prepare and use it easily for effective results.

Teas

One of the easiest ways to add ginger into your diet is by using it in tea form. There are three ways you can do this. You can buy dry ginger and place a small amount into hot water, allowing it to steep for several minutes. The piece of ginger can be removed or it can be eaten at the end of the tea if you would like. You can also use powdered ginger. If you choose this option, you can place it along with other tea leaves in a tea infuser or alone in the hot water. You will need to strain the portion of the powder that does not dissolve easily. The third way is to purchase ginger in an already prepared tea form and follow the directions issued by the tea manufacturer.

Juicing

When you are juicing, you may wonder how to incorporate ginger into your juicing routine. The most common way is to put ground ginger into the juice at the start or end of the juicing process depending on what type of juicing machine you are using. You can also use ginger oil. If you choose to use a ginger oil or liquid, make sure it is labeled as food-grade as some are for stress relief or topical use and not meant to be ingested. You can also use powders in the juicing process but remember some powders may not break down completely and may cause a gritty texture in the final product.

Capsules

If you don’t want to add more to your juicing or teas, or if you don’t like the hot spice feeling that ginger can offer, you do have another option. You can use the ginger powder in capsule form. These can be purchased at most stores and health food stores throughout the country. All you would need to do is follow the directions by the manufacturer and take one to three capsules once to several times a day. Start off with the manufacturer directions and lower the intake if you feel it is too much or causing heartburn of any kind. Remember, it is a spice and if you have heartburn issues you will need to be cautious.

These are only three of the more common ways to incorporate ginger in your diet. Remember, ginger can be found in many forms including raw and in powdered form. This means they can be added easily to different aspects of your diet routine and in imaginative ways that are only limited by you.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas. If you have some ideas on using ginger, share below.

To your health!

Pamela

 

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Three Superfood Food Bowl Ideas

When you think about superfoods, you probably think about juicing, powders, capsules, and smoothies. You probably don’t think about actual food bowls that are full of the superfoods you need in a day. If you are trying to have a well-balanced and solid meal, you can choose to go with a superfood bowl. These bowls contain three or more superfoods to create a full meal with a medium to low caloric intake and high nutrient output. If you have never tried a superfood bowl, consider these three bowls to get started.

Super Packed Breakfast Bowls

You may be under the misconception that the only type of superfood bowls available is for dinner or lunch. The truth is, you can incorporate superfood food bowls into your morning routine. Use traditional rolled oats in an overnight oats recipe as the base for your bowl. Add a cup full of mixed nuts such as walnuts and almonds. Add one cup of berries that are suitable for your goals. For example, blueberries are ideal for memory boosting and anti-aging goals. To finish off your bowl you can add chia seeds or Greek yogurt and honey.

Sprouting Superfood Bowls

One of the leading superfoods that most people try to incorporate into their routine is sprouts. Sprouts are easy to grow yourself and easy to find at most farmer’s markets and health food stores. You can use various forms of bean sprouts mixed with chia seeds, leafy greens, nuts, and ginger or fruit-based dressing. These superfood bowls are ideal for lunch or very light dinner if you are short on time or just need to pack in the nutrients and not calories. If the sprouts are not enough, add some heft to the bowls by adding cubed sweet potatoes or quinoa.

Avocado Smoothie Bowl

If you like the feel and taste of various soups, then an avocado smoothie bowl may be an ideal way to get superfood food bowls into your daily eating routine.  These bowls are incredibly easy to make and can incorporate more food than you think. Start off with an avocado and a little olive oil in a blender. Mix them until creamy then add kale, chia seeds, or Greek yogurt. You can heat this mixture and serve as a soup with sprouts, nuts, or both on top to finish them off. This is an ideal superfood food bowl for colder months when soups and stews are a welcome change.

If you are concerned about how to incorporate these superfood food bowls properly, remember that most of the vegetables or fruits can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. There may be some nutrient loss, but it will be small and unnoticeable if you are on a healthy superfood routine and exercise plan.

Do you have a few superfood bowl ideas?  Please share them below with out community.  We’d all love to hear your ideas.

To you health!

Pamela 

 

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Four Superfoods for Juicing

Most people who juice at home tend to go with very basic juice mixes. These usually consist of something like apples, oranges, and carrots. In some instances, you may decide to add kale or another green leafy vegetable. The problem is that you may get into a rut with these juices and decide to leave juicing all together. Instead of dropping it and tossing the juicer away, consider these four superfoods to add to your juices to give them a kick and change them up enough to keep you interested.

Ginger

You may not think that ginger is suitable for juicing, but it can be a great spice to add to give your simple juices a kick. One of the most popular methods to add ginger is into a sunshine juice which consists of orange, apple, and pineapple juice. Add ginger food-grade drops, ginger powder, or fresh ground ginger for an added spice and kick. It can change the flavor and give your basic juice a boost. It can also be made ahead of time if you are looking for a way to add juicing to your meal prep plan.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a superfood that many people avoid because they don’t like the texture of the raw seeds in their juicing. If you want to add chia seeds, but also don’t like the raw texture, you do have another option. Simply soak your chia seeds overnight in either water or some of your leftover juice from a previous juicing session. The chia seeds will soften and will blend better with your juice while still giving you the same nutrients. These should be added halfway through the juicing in order to blend them properly into the mixture.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is another superfood that leaves people a little perplexed on how to incorporate them into juicing recipes. These are actually easier than you may think. Simply open your pomegranate and spoon out the round ball-like seeds. These are what you add to your juicing. You can add them in between two hard components or at the end of the juicing process to incorporate them as much as possible. If you decide you don’t want to cut and spoon out the pomegranate seeds another option is to have frozen pomegranate on hand.

Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the juices that can stand on its own and give you great benefits as a simple juice to break up the juicing recipe rut. Watermelon gives hydration and energy boosts naturally and has been noted by some to be a bigger boost of energy in the morning than even coffee provides. You can jolt this juice up a bit by adding chia seeds, other superfood fruits, and ginger.

There are many more superfoods, superfood rich powders, and mixes that you can add to your juicing. By just thinking outside of the box, you can make subtle changes to your juicing recipes that will keep you interested and change the taste for the better. These changes will also give a boost to your vitamins, minerals, and nutrient intake without heavily increasing calories.

Have fun experimenting with superfood options and juicing.  And enjoy!!

If you have juicing ideas, please feel free to share them with our community below.

 

To your health!

Pamela

 

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Healthy Lifestyle – The Choice is Ultimately Yours

When it comes to “dieting” or eating healthier the choice is ultimately yours. You are the only one that knows your body and whether you have what it takes to see it through.

There are many things to consider when you decide to go on a “diet.” Most prefer to call it a lifestyle change. If you focus on “dieting” too much you may end up eating differently for a short amount of time but if you are like me, you get bored with what you are doing and quit. Soon you’ve stopped eating healthier, gained your weight back (and it usually comes with friends), and you are right back where you started. Trust me – been there, done that.

When you want to live a healthier lifestyle or lose weight there are a few things you should consider doing. First, you have to focus on it as being a lifestyle change and not just a temporary “diet.”

At the beginning of the year I decided that I had to make a lifestyle change instead of just trying to diet.  It has been interesting and I have lost almost 40 lbs so far.

 

Lifestyle Change, Then Diet

Due to the enormous amount of information about diets on the internet, people who yearn to lead healthy lives end up being confused as to which diet will help them achieve their goals – mostly weight management. The pendulum of which “diet” works keeps swinging back and forth. People try adapting to different diets but only a few are lucky to find one that helps them to successfully manage their health.

The diet debate is almost extinct. Now and then, people who try to reduce weight through dieting confess “cheating on their diets.” The major reason behind failing to keep up with a diet plan is that the plan is not parallel to the person’s lifestyle. Often, lifestyle is the best ally when it comes to eating and living healthy. A diet that goes well with your lifestyle is easier to maintain.

The realization that lifestyle comes before diet is triggered by the knowledge that the body is not a machine that efficiently produces output according to the input. Body systems are integrated in such a way that improvement of the whole depends on how well all the systems are coordinated.

For example, a person desiring to reduce weight may always eat healthy food but fails to handle emotional distress. According to research, stress leads to weight gain in some people. Having a lifestyle that supports the well-being of the entire body is the only way to achieve healthy living.

In support of the case of lifestyle over diet, many nutritionists have indicated instances when some of their clients have tried different diets but fallen off the wagon. The result of such failure is discouragement and frustration. Pro-lifestyle nutritionists are more concerned with helping a client develop a plan that they can follow while they make new lifestyles changes. They note that the greatest problem associated with weight and health management is adherence.

So the first thing you have to do is focus and commit to a lifestyle change.

 

Steps to Implementing a Lifestyle Change

When beginning a lifestyle change you should start by doing a few things to aid in your success. A few things to consider implementing to help you obtain a lifestyle change and ultimately a healthier life you should consider 1) starting an exercise regime if you are not already exercising; 2) start a food journal; 3) think positive; 4) start a motivation board; and 5) focus on progress.

  • 1) Exercise – This is a hard thing for some people. I know this is one thing I struggle with just because I have problems with my feet, and I have arthritis in my knees. Being more active than you are currently is the goal. Exercise is important to your health. If you can ride a bike, walk around the block, run a mile, go swimming, go hiking or workout at the gym, then do so. Make it a habit. If you need to start out slow and work up to a longer time each day, that is a good thing.
  • 2) Food Journal – Most people eat what they want, when they want. They rarely think about how food affects them or why they are putting on the pounds. I know I have broken several habits in the last few months that I’m pretty proud of just by being more mindful or what I was eating. Keeping a food journal helps you to identify the foods you are eating, how they make you feel, and why you may be adding a few inches around the waist. Be mindful of what you are putting in your body.

For example, I personally know that I need to eat more protein and less carbs. When I began to write down what I was eating each day it helped me recognize how much I was eating and pinpoint those things I needed to leave out of my diet.

There a lot of people who can eat more fruits and vegetables and less protein and they lose weight and feel better.   Journal what you are eating to determine what type of plan you need. A really good book to read is “Eating Right for Your Blood Type.”

  • 3) Think positive – You know you need to get healthier or lose weight. You know you need to accomplish what you set out to do. The only way to achieve that is to think positive and stay positive. Each day, tell yourself that you can do this and that you are worth it. Also, you should find a buddy or a family member who will help to encourage you when you need it. Whatever you choose to do to make your life better, stay positive.
  • 4) Get motivated – What is your why? Why do you want to have a healthier lifestyle? Like me, you know you need changes in your life, so you need to get motivated. One way to do this is to make a motivation board. Make a list of the reasons you want to make a lifestyle change and get healthier. Make yourself a promise that you are going to stick to your program no matter what. Don’t fall to pieces if you “fall off the horse” one meal or one day. Just get back on the horse right away and don’t wallow in the muck.

There may be many reasons you feel you need a healthy lifestyle change – it could be to lose weight, or you may need to bring your cholesterol down or your sugar or your blood pressure. Whatever the reason, get yourself motivated and get going.

Clean out your pantry and your refrigerator. Develop a menu and shopping list and get excited about your new healthy life. Decide what program or plan you’d like to try. There are many out there that are good healthy programs, or you may want to do your own thing by eating healthier. Whatever it is just get motivated and keep it up. Read more about the program I am on.

  • 5) Focus on progress – As you get started, weigh yourself and take pictures. Add these to your motivation board. Focus on your progress as you start losing weight or start to feel better by eating healthier and exercising. As you start to see changes or movement on the scale, you’ll get more excited and more motivated to keep going. Stay focused on you and what you are trying to accomplish.

Implementing these few things in your new lifestyle will help you meet your objective of a healthier lifestyle.

Lifestyle changes such as exercise, positive thinking, keeping food records and focusing on progress rather than perfection are the ultimate solution to health management. If you are able to make and enhance these lifestyle changes, it becomes very easy to follow diet plans that help you to achieve the overall objective of healthier living. But remember – the choice is ultimately yours!

 

 

To your health,

Pamela

 

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3 Great Superfood Smoothie Ideas

Smoothies are a great way to get all of your nutrients in one easy to drink meal. You can stuff them full of fruits, vegetables, superfoods, and even protein powders to give yourself the massive boost you need. You can also use them to fill the void you may have with vitamins and certain minerals throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the many ways you can make smoothies to fit your dietary needs or tastes. Here are a few easy methods for how to make a smoothie and how to change up your superfood smoothies to give it a different flavor.

Milk-Based Smoothies

When you hear milk-based smoothie, you may think about typical dairy milk. The truth is, you can use any type of nut milk to make a smoothie and to fit with vegetarian or vegan eating habits. These smoothies are usually creamy and offer more of a milkshake feel to them. These are ideal bases for fruit-based smoothies and early morning smoothies where you need to add a calcium or protein aspect to your drink. These are fairly easy to make and require only a small amount of milk. Ideally, you will be adding your fruits or vegetables to the blender first and adding one-quarter cup of milk to start with. You can also drizzle your milk in throughout the blending process until you reach the consistency you want for the smoothie.

Yogurt Based Smoothies

Yogurt based smoothies generally use Greek yogurt that is thicker and has more superfood properties. Some of these yogurts already have some fruit added and are ideal in cases when you may want a certain fruit, like blueberries, but are unable to get them out of season. These smoothies usually use about a half cup of yogurt, or small yogurt serving, per blended smoothie mixture. If you feel that the consistency is too thick, consider using regular yogurt that is not as thick or more water-based fruits and vegetables.

Pure Juice Smoothies

Pure juice smoothies tend to use things like bananas as the base to replace the yogurt or milk. A banana, apple, and berry or mango smoothie is a prime example. To add liquid, you would use water until you reach the right consistency. Alternatively, you can also add fruit juice that has been premade or bottled.

These are only three of the ways you can use to make smoothies. There are many other ways that fit different eating habits such as vegan, vegetarian, and even flexitarian diets.

 

Leave your smoothie ideas below and share with our community.

To your health!

Pamela

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