Tropical Fruit Smoothie

tropical fruit

With summer upon us, I thought I’d liven up the joint with some seasonal tropical fruit ideas.

Ingredients:

1 c. pineapple
1 med banana
1/2 c. mango
1/4 c. papaya
3/4 c. nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 water
1/3 c. frozen orange juice (I use 5 alive myself)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if using as meal replacement or post workout drink)

Directions:

blend together frozen juice, water, and fruit
add protein powder and yogurt
blend until smooth and creamy

V8 Smoothie

v8 smoothie

I have always loved V8 (the original blend) but having been put on a low sodium diet I can’t have it anymore (low sodium blend tastes bland) so I have invented my own.

Ingredients:

2 cups water
3 medium tomatoes
1 celery stalk
1/2 c spinach
1 small carrot (peeled)
1/4 c. diced beets
1/4 c. parsley
1/8 c. minced or diced sweet onion
1/4 garlic clove
salt to taste

Directions:

Wash all your veggies well.
Put water, garlic, onion, celery, and carrot into blender or food processor and spin until smooth.
Add tomatoes, spinach, beets, and parsley and spin again until smooth.

salt to taste

Antioxidant and Iron Rich Green Smoothie

green smoothie

This green smoothie is incredibly high in antioxidants and iron as well as providing 2.5 servings of water for your diet.

One half small seeded watermelon, peel and all
A pint of strawberries hulled
2 c. raw spinach rinsed
1 cup water (or as needed to be smooth)

Scrub the watermelon well under cold water to be sure it’s clean. Cut out any lesions or dark spots. Quarter the half.
Spin the watermelon for 10 seconds until slightly chunky.
Add remainder of ingredients and spin until smooth.

(You can add ice if you prefer them frozen. 6 ice cubes replace 1/3 c. water)

Daily Motivation for Successful Weight Loss

Why would you want to lose weight?

Is it to have less fat on your body? Or is it because of the well being you think you will feel with losing 10 pounds? Do you think you will have more vitality, or be more attractive, thereby increasing your confidence and self esteem? Almost everything we do is aimed at changing the way we feel. We determine our future when making a final decision.

For me, everything changed the day I decided to dedicate myself to be and achieve what I want in life. Think about it. There is a difference between being interested in something and committing to it. People often say: Oh, I want to lose weight; But such statements do not constitute a commitment. Most people actually are subconsciously thinking it interests me, if I don’t need to lift a finger. But this is not empowering.

Unfortunately, most people do not take action because they are busy making excuses. If you have not reached your goal or you do not live their dream life, highlighting how that arose, in the absence of choice when they were young, lack of education or the fact they are old. All these excuses are not significant. Not only are they restrictive, but also destructive. If you do not establish some basic rules that you are willing to accept in your life, you will find it very easy to fall into unhealthy behaviour or attitude. If you have made a firm decision to lose weight, you can do it. Your life will change when making a firm decision.

The difficult part of the exercise is to get up, and gp out and do it. Once you begin the exercise, you rarely regret it and most people actually enjoy it. But you have to begin. The exercise has to become one of your priorities. You must take time for it. You have to find a passion. If you do not like what you do, you will not do it. Try to improve your times or lift more weight. Turn on more muscle through strength training. Muscle burns more calories around the clock.

Finally, the workouts may now leave you feeling blah! You need to reinvent yourself and change your way of doing things. These tips will help you stay motivated. Train for an event, or break from your routine and work your upper body and lower body on different days. Walk or run uphill, you can burn calories almost 25% more. Try a different exercise for each muscle group. Hire a personal trainer. Change the number of reps you do, every 2-4 weeks, and up the weight. Use a heart rate monitor and measure your progress. Add intervals to your cardio. Alternate 2 minutes of high intensity exercise with 1 minute of lower intensity. You must get to the point where you absolutely cannot duplicate it again. Try a new routine. Ask someone to help you in the gym.

Join a team. Count to 10 when lifting weights, and 5 when you descend. It can increase your strength by almost 50%. Try yoga or Pilates. These disciplines force you to move your body differently, which also strengthen the abdominal and back muscles. Exercise should be part of your life as eating, drinking and breathing. You should try to do your daily exercise routine of a normal day. 5 ways to fight plateaus Vary your weights cons Change the order of your exercises Vary the angles of slots Add cardio to your weight training instead of a circuit, make a series of great games. Perform each move back-to-back with a feature that emphasizes the same muscles.

Drink a MINIMUM of 8 glasses of water a day. More if you sweat. This is the single most important factor in weight loss.

Once you know the real honest reasons you want to lose the weight, start reminding yourself every day. Write it on a slip of paper and tape it near your mirror so you see it when you brush your teeth and comb your hair. You CAN succeed. You just have to want it bad enough.

Water Makes the Best Smoothie

water
Drinking Water and Why It’s So Good for You

Some call it aqua. Others call it H2O. Some of you don’t even drink a half of it that you are supposed to drink. Do you know what you are missing out on? Many don’t really understand this and they could be doing their body some good had they known about all of these things. Read along as we teach you some of the things that water can do for you so maybe you will incorporate this into your day just a bit more than what you are currently taking in.

Water keeps our brains healthy. You might wonder how they do that, but in order for your brain to survive, it has to have enough water to do so. When you study the anatomy of the brain, you will come to realize that your brains are actually composed of ninety percent water. If it doesn’t have that much water then you might feel yourself go into a daze. Many of us have experienced this when we got over dehydrated.

Your body has to be at a certain temperature in order to work. It’s like a machine. If it gets too hot, then you will find right away that you cannot function. During the months when it’s super hot, many wonder how they can regulate this. Well, water can actually regulate your body’s temperature.

One thing we have found through the years is that water is great for our bodies because of the cells that are in them. To work like they should, these cells need enough nutrients and enough oxygen. Therefore, to help with that process is the water that we drink.

Your body needs protection. The organs and the joints in your body depend on water for this as it moisturizes. Yet, more so, the body does something else. The body uses the water to transport the nutrients to these things and that is why our body is made up of eighty percent water.

The last thing that you will find water doing is that it will keep the icky things that lay us down in bed for a few weeks. It has been reported that those who drink water daily and get enough Vitamin c won’t get sick as often as someone who doesn’t. Therefore, the body takes the water, the water runs right through us who many of us know and flushes out all those toxins that harm us and cause us to get ill.

Here is to water and all it can do for you. Many have wondered why it is known as the thing that you need to drink more of. Now, you have been well educated. So, start drinking and start living a better life all the way around. And what better way to get that good for you water than to mix your smoothie with it!