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Talking about either losing or controlling weight is definitely a subject that continues to both fascinate and frustrate us as we look for effective diets to maintain an ideal weight.

By now the research is very clear and unambiguous. Study after study by top nutritionists all recommend the same thing; to maintain optimal weight and overall good health we need to adopt a well balanced diets that includes all the following:

-Fruits and Vegetables
-Good carbs (HDL)
-Low consumption of fat

Followed on a regular basis, as well as consumed in the proper amounts, diets with these groupings will slow digestion which in turn increases metabolism. This healthy combination of foods promotes diets rich with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which all help influence disease while promoting healthful skin and bones.

Fruits and vegetables also help cleanse the body through a procedure called detoxification. Detoxification is the natural metabolic method the body uses to clean the toxins out of the system which, in return, encourages a all around health. The challenge for many is they do not possess the in depth knowledge they feel is needed to build diets that include all of these elements for appetizing meals.

By now all of us have heard the quote that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Nevertheless a lot of people tend to skip breakfast simply because they are bored with the same old cereals, or don’t wish to make an effort to scramble an egg. Or, nearly as bad, these people hit the drive through on the way to work and pick up a sausage, egg, and cheese cholesterol bomb only to find they are tired and fatigued and starving midway to lunch.

On the other hand making a sensible breakfast part of the morning routine has been proven to help slim down and promote basic overall health due to extra calcium, fruits, and fiber in the diet.

Fruit and Dairy

Fresh fruit smoothies certainly are a sensible and increasingly popular breakfast treat which are simple to make, tasty, and are a great source of the nutrients all of us need like proteins, omega 3’s and vitamins to both enhance our immune system and improve basic overall health.

Low-fat milk, soy milk and yogurts are all dairy products to blend well with numerous types of fruits and vegetables to make meals that taste great, are good for you and are surprisingly low cost as well. The fruit and vegetable ingredients may be fresh or even frozen and you can add healthful meal supplements such as chia seeds to your recipe too.

Tasty Smoothie Recipe

Listed here is a fruit smoothie recipe you should try for breakfast or even a treat that will help control your weight and enhance your overall health. This recipe contains an ounce of chia seeds for more nutritional advantages.

Cranberry Delight Smoothie Recipe:
– Full cup of cold low-fat cranberry juice
– Medium orange (peeled, sections only)
– Frozen banana, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING)- 1 cup of cold strawberries (fresh or frozen)
– ½ cup low-fat yogurt (you can choose: vanilla, strawberry, orange, banana or plain)
– 1 teaspoon of Chia or Flax (we like Chia better because it “disappears” into the mix)
– Ice about 8-12 cubes

In your mixer blend all the ingredients, beginning with about 6 ice cubes. Occasionally if you’re using frozen strawberries or orange is extremely succulent, you will not need as many ice cubes, so you can add more if you want and mix to your preferred consistency. Enjoy this refreshing smoothie and navigate Best Fruit Smoothies for even more favorite recipes.

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