Sep 182013
kids plus smoothies

Have you heard the expression “we are what we eat”? Well, if you haven’t, it is very much true. What we put into the engines we call our bodies in very large part defines what type of engine we are. So, if this is true, why don’t we all just eat what is healthy and provides the different nutrients we need? And, even more importantly–how do we make sure our kids get the vitamins and minerals they need with natural foods. Well, smoothies can help. Hence the title of this post: “Kids Plus Smoothies”.

For example, by now we should all agree that our overall health is very much improved when we eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Yes many, many of us do not even come close to that amount. Why is that?

Well, there are different reasons but the most frequently heard are:

– The fruits and/or vegetables are not in season
– With all the peeling and cutting, they are just too hard to prepare
– It is a challenge to work them into the family meals because the kids just won’t eat fruit or vegetables

Pardon me for saying so, but these, and many more, are just excuses and not valid reasons not to eat healthier.

Walk into virtually any supermarket and you will find a spectacular assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables at any time of the year. And the frozen section has an even larger selection of frozen fruit and vegetables. You can even get fruit and vegetable from either frozen or bottled juices. Really, there’s no excuse not to eat healthy.

But it can get boring eating the same stuff day in day out and there is no question that there is preparation time involved so what is needed is a quick, easy way to get the nutrients into our diets. And our kids are always looking for something different too!

Fruit smoothie recipes are an easy solution. Fruit smoothies are easy to make, don’t require exact ingredients and provide that meal in between when we get so hungry. Kids love the colors, the different flavors and can have a whole lot of fun helping to make them. Smoothies are a great way to get your kids to put on their chef hats and get excited about cooking!

Rather than snacking on high sodium, high fat snack treats, that only make us thirsty and unsatisfied, you can enjoy the richness of a fruit smoothie-changing the ingredients daily, and giving your body a wide variety of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. You can also add supplements to help your body fend off aging conditions. For example, adding a teaspoon of chia seedwhich is rich with Omega 3’s, is a definite metabolism booster with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs for both healthy aging and healthy living.

Here is but one example of many juicer recipes that work for breakfast, lunch, or snack. This one uses bananas, which are available all year, as are papayas; and they make a wonderful taste combination.

Tomorrow, try this:

– 1 cup of yogurt (plain, vanilla or banana)
– 1 cup of frozen banana slices
– 1/2 large, ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
– 1 teaspoon Chia seed

Blend in your juicer until it reaches the consistency you prefer then enjoy!

Making fruit smoothie recipes part of your daily meal plans is, by far, the easiest way to add the daily requirements of fruit and vegetables.

Kids Plus Smoothies

Aug 172013

Smoothies are easy to make, and this banana cherry smoothie recipe is a great source of vitamin C and adds fiber to your daily diet. It is a twist to a cherry juicer recipe because it uses black cherry juice concentrate-and what a wonderful flavor it makes. If you like cherries, you need to try this recipe very soon.

Its also easy to turn this Banana Cherry smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

– 1 cup of frozen cherries
– ½ cup frozen banana chips
– 1 tablespoon of Black Cherry Concentrate
– 1 cup non-fat Yoplait Cherry Orchard yogurt
– 1 Tbsp. Chia seed

Banana Cherry Smoothie

Breakfast Smoothie Recipe – Strawberry Orange Smoothie

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Jun 182013

Here is a really satisfying and healthy breakfast smoothie recipe; a Strawberry Orange smoothie that’s delicious as well. You can use this strawberry orange smoothie as a healthy way to start off any morning or for a guilt free afternoon snack.

Its also easy to turn this yummy smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 2½ cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup vanilla fat free yogurt
  • ½ cup orange juice w/ calcium
  • ½ cup skim milk (or soy)
  • 1 tbsp Chia seed

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

May 252013

Most likely the hardest part of achieving your weight loss goals is not the diet, it is being sure to get enough exercise. Almost everyone is already scheduled from dawn to dusk and there just does not seem to be any spare hours in the day to set aside for exercise. This is especially true for those who join a gym because now the travel time has to be factored in as well. For those folks, an hour workout can easily take two hours or more out of their day. Really, the temptation to skip, or not exercise at all, can be impossible to resist. And once you skip the first time, the second time becomes that much easier to the point where your plan is in tatters and no weight has been lost. Or even worse, it has been lost and regained!

But it does not need to be this way. To me, the biggest “secret” to losing weight is to do effective pre-planning and be realistic in setting your goals and your time commitment as well. In other words, if you haven’t really exercised since high school it probably isn’t rational to think you are suddenly become an exercise fiend and spend an hour or more in the gym every day. Not only will your body rebel in protest, your daily schedule, most likely, doesn’t have two hours of un-allocated time to begin with. I think it is far better to set realistic goals and benchmarks before you begin and increase the goals once they are met.

A good first step, indeed critical, is to decide what you want to accomplish. If achieving predetermined weight loss goals is your primary goal, that can be done through diet choices without also embarking on a dedicated exercise program. Weight loss without exercise can be done, it will just take much longer. But even without a dedicated program, it is very easy to get additional exercise in the day by doing simple things like walking up and down a flight or two of stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator. You can also park at the back of the lot at work, or when you go to the store. Besides adding additional steps in your day, it also reduces stress levels because you can always find a parking space! I also recommend picking up a pedometer (under $20) and keeping it with you to discover how much walking you do in a normal day and how easy it is to increase your activity level. Any diet program will show better results more quickly when used with at least some additional exercise.

By taking time to plan your strategies in the beginning, before beginning your weight loss program you are planning for success and minimizing the chances for failure.

Another part of your pre-planning process to meet your weight loss goals should be building a healthy eating plan as well. There is a lot of conflicting advice and it is easy to be confused. My advice is to avoid any product that makes claims that are too good to be true. There is no magic bullet in losing weight, it took a long time to put the weight on and it will take time to get it off. The trick is to do this in a manner that doesn’t wreck your health in the process and leave you with more problems than you started with. Include healthy smoothies in your eating plan, and by adding Chia seed to add a lot more nutritional value including the much needed omega 3 fatty acids. Making sure we get the vitamins and minerals we need while we are working to meet our weight loss goals is very important, so be sure to include healthy natural foods in your daily routine.

Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals