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Craving something sweet?  Who isn't? One great way to please the sweet tooth and keep a good figure is to have smoothies! These are great for summer and easy to make. The key to making great smoothies is to be experimental. Typically there are three ingredients: some fruit, some cream, some ice. By cream I mean yogurt, Ice Cream or Milk. I recommend using a Magic Bullet, but any blender will work. Try some of these healthy smoothie recipes when you get the chance!

A few things to keep in mind when making smoothies:

~ Some of the most popular smoothie fruits are bananas, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

~ Crushed ice is easier on the blender, and takes less time. If you don't have crushed ice, it is available at Sonic for about a buck fifty for a whole bag!

~Flax Seed is a great additive for your smoothies. It's tasteless and has omega-3 essential fatty acids, lowers cancer risks, and helps with arthritis.

~If you are trying to get into green smoothies, but are afraid to start, try putting whole strawberries with the leaves on them. This will still give you a rich fruity taste, with a hint of green power!

~ For those lactose intolerant, dairy alternatives are just as tasty. Start experimenting!

Here are a few healthy smoothie recipes of my own creations to get you started:

Strawberry banana Strawberry Banana Smoothie

(This is a great breakfast smoothie)

4 large strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 6oz. cup of strawberry or vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup of ice.
1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional)

 

Combine strawberries, yogurt and ice. Blend until perfectly smooth.
 
 
Passion Fruit Explosion
 
4-6 pieces of pineapple chunks
2-3 peach slices
1/2 banana
1/2 cup of ice
Splash of orange juice
2 scoops of sherbert ice cream
1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional)
 
Put items in blender from biggest to smallest, for optimal room in blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
 
For more information on flaxseed:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed

Lose10 Pounds in 3 Days

Pecan Many people think losing weight is a temporary diet and exercise regime. They say “I’ll go on my diet tomorrow” or “I’m starting South Beach diet soon” but the fact is, for the general population, we can’t go on diets. There is no magic weight loss regime where you lose 10 pounds in 3 days. Even if a diet “works” you will likely gain it back unless you make it a LIFESTYLE change. Do you want to be on South Beach forever?, Considering the cost and effort, most people don’t.

 What you need to do my dear reader, is change your LIFESTYLE. Don’t start big and dramatic, or you will most likely go right back where you started. I want you to start small. Here is a list of foods that make cellulite come and want to stay. Pick five to eliminate from your life for good! (yes you can have it on blue moons.) Don’t cheat and pick things you never eat anyways. Pick five items, and stick to it. You can easily replace these items or modify them to lesser evils.

1. Mayonnaise                     Try light mayonaise  or Mayonnaise with Olive Oil
2. Milkshakes                      Smoothies and vanila ice cream cones are a great alternative
3. Muffins                            Try making your own muffins like the recipe linked here
4. French Fries                     Nowdays most places let you chose a side salad or fruit instead
5. Bacon                                Turkey Bacon is not so bad once you get used to it!
6. Regular AND Diet Soda     Chrystal Light, Snapple, and G2 are pretty tasty too.
7. Doughnuts                        Try lightly buttered toast with cinnamon and brown sugar
8. Cheesecake                       Low fat cheesecake with strawberry sauce is slightly better
9.  Fried Chicken                  Bake chicken in the oven with a bit of olive oil for a fried taste
10. Pizza with Processed Meats         Try a deLIGHT pizza from Papa Murphys
11. Pot Pies
12. Potato Chips                    Baked Chips or oven roasted chips still taste great
13.  Ribs                                Try a lean steak to satify that meat craving
15. Pecan Pie                        Try fruit pies with whole wheat crusts.

All the foods on this list are high in saturated fat, provide little nutritional value, and becon cellulite to come find you. Start by losing some of these fattening foods, and you’ll lose some pounds!

~Healthy Girl