Carrot Peach Smoothie – and Strawberries

Today’s recipe creates a carrot peach smoothie. Two items rarely seen together I grant you!

You can enjoy carrots all year round but those harvested in the summer and early fall have more taste. Carrots are loaded with vitamins including A, C, and K. Eat as many as you want because they are also low in calories. Without question, Carrots and their crunchy taste make smoothies even better.

Fresh peaches are “in season” in most places begins in July and runs through August. But, depending on the weather, you can find fresh peaches as early as May and as late as September. For the tastiest peach choose ones without any hint of green coloring. If not in season frozen peaches are OK too and preferable to canned.

Its also easy to turn this carrot peach smoothie treat into even more of 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 taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

large carrot peeled and chopped
1 fresh peach seeded and sliced in quarters
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
Tbsp. Chia seed

Carrot Peach Smoothie – and Strawberries

Weight Loss Solutions: Satisfying Smoothies

A lot of us are always on the lookout for effective weight loss solutions and even more are going to be looking right after the holidays are past.

For those looking, there are any number of diets both online and in print. Some are really good while others can actually be bad for your health.

One good way to tell the difference between the two is whether or not the diet includes foods that are both healthy and nutritious. If it does, your weight loss will probably be slower but will be lasting. If not, then generally speaking, that diet relies on “tricking” your body into losing weight quickly and weight lost quickly is weight that is also regained.

Break out of this diet trap by choosing a diet that includes healthy and nutritious foods and stick with it. Yes, it will probably take longer but you won’t be risking your health and the results will stick around.

Adding weight loss smoothies like the one below will help a lot. This is a recipe that takes some work but the payoff is well worth the effort.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1/2 a Cantaloupe
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • Juice from 2 Oranges
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia seed

This mix is low calorie, satisfying, and offers a huge blast of vitamin C to ward off winter colds.

Weight Loss Solutions

Exercise Helps Diets Work Better

It should go without saying that a diet program is most effective when paired with sensible, reasonable weight loss programs. While weight can be lost without exercise, it takes a lot longer time and it not nearly as healthy for the body as a whole. In short, exercise helps diets work better

For a lot of people, exercise seems very off putting. The very term brings to mind thoughts of commercial gyms like Bally’s, Gold’s, or any number of others where extremely fit people run effortlessly on treadmills for hours on end and very muscular folks sweat and grunt and lift massive amounts of weight endlessly. All in all, gyms can be very intimidating places to walk into.

And there is the cost issue as well to consider. Gyms are in business to make money and they do that by charging you membership fees every month and by trying to sell you either group or personal exercise training sessions.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t think there is anything wrong with any of this. In fact, I am a gym member myself but there is another method of getting exercise that is, for many people, more effective than a gym membership and much less costly.

It’s walking!

Seriously, coupling a program of including walking exercise helps diets to lose even more weight  is a very effective way to  lower cholesterol, increase bone health, and improve your heart at the same time. Best of all, walking doesn’t require any specialized equipment outside of a good pair of shoes.

A good beginning walking program should concentrate on the amount of time spent walking rather than distance. Keep in mind that exercise does not necessarily need to be hard to be effective. If you have been leading a sedentary lifestyle you might want to start out walking three or four times a week for 20 minutes at a leisurely pace. From there concentrate on working up to 5 times a week for 30 minutes each.

Once you have improved to that point its time to begin focusing on either time or distance. Which one is entirely up to you but the goal, in the end, is intensity. If you decide to walk three miles daily but take three hours to do it, that is not an effective level of exercise.

There are several ways to check the effectiveness of your exercise. One is to purchase a simple heart monitor (usually under $50) and exercise hard enough to bring up your heart rate to about 70% to 75% of your target heart rate (THR). This is the heart rate achieved during exercise where your heart and lungs are getting the most benefit from your exercise. There are different ways to determine THR and you should have a discussion with your doctor about what level is appropriate for you.

Another method is what is known as the “talk test”. This test is based on how hard you are breathing. If you can talk in brief sentences of a few words you are probably in the right exercise zone. On the other hand, if you can’t catch your breath to speak at all, you need to slow down. And, if you are talking normally then you probably aren’t exercising hard enough.

When everything is said and done, the most important part of any diet and exercise program is you. If you make reasonable and healthy choices and stick with your program daily you will have success.

Always keep in mind that any exercise helps diets so don’t lose faith in what you are doing.
Any exercise program needs to be used in conjunction with a healthy diet.

And always remember that ….

Exercise Helps Diets!

Pomegranate Banana Smoothie Recipe

Creating a pomegranate banana smoothie probably wasn’t on your “to-do” list today but maybe it should have been. This is a refreshing, healthy, and satisfying smoothie that is quick to make.

It is also easy to turn this pomegranate banana smoothie treat into a real 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. To order your own Chia, just click on the link in the recipe.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1  cup of plain or vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1  cup of chilled pomegranate juice
  • 1  Frozen banana peeled and sliced (peel and slice before freezing
  • 1 tbsp. Chia seed

Once mixed to your preferred consistency, pour into a chilled glass and serve. 

Pomegranate Banana Smoothie

Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Morning Power Smoothie Mix

Coming up with new and different healthy breakfast recipes is challenging. But that dreary task gets much easier when you add smoothies to your breakfast choices.

This “morning power” smoothie is so easy to make and provides a satisfying, healthy, and tasty start to your morning!

Its also easy to add even more nutrition to this healthy breakfast recipe 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. You can find Chia seed in any health food store, or at Amazon by clicking on the link.

In your favorite blender mix:

    1 medium banana, fresh or frozen (100 calories)
    1/2 cup Dannon Activia Light Fat Free Peach Yogurt (80 calories)
    1 cup chilled V8 Fusion Light Peach-Mango juice (50 calories)
    1 tbsp. Chia seed


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