You are just a simple smoothie away from a slimmer waistline & sweet satisfaction.
“Have you ever see the customers in health-food stores? They are pale, skinny people who look half dead. In a steak house, you see robust, ruddy people. They're dying, of course, but they look terrific.” -Bill Cosby
Growing up in a Middle Eastern, Italian & Southern rooted household, the idea of passing on seconds was rarely pondered...you just eat. Now my dinner table was still a bit healthier than most, because we ate homemade food 90% of the time and our meals were always balanced with salad & vegetables. However, as I grew up, I noticed my ability to consume larger quantities than most and as metabolism begins to work against me I am constantly trying to make changes to my daily diet.
Being a creature of habit, I have found the best way for me to keep healthy & slim is by finding rituals I can alter to fit my fancy & keep me from getting bored with my healthy options. I like to create filling snack & meals that impart large quantities of fiber...this keeps my digestive tract working for me rather than the food industry. Fruit smoothies are a staple I fully swear by! In the morning smoothies wake up your metabolism, as a snack they get your blood sugar going, they fill you up & are super easy if you set yourself up for success. Here's a list of things I like to keep on hand & how I store them so I am always one smoothie away from sweet satisfaction.
Items in the freezer allow you to keep your smoothie free of ice & they offer a perfect way to get fresh fruit into your diet. Freezing keeps your fruit from spoiling & in the winter when produce is definitely meager & more expesnive, frozen fruit offers a lot more flavor. Freezing will make your smoothie more like a milkshake & less like a healthy snack.
- Halved Ripe Bananas
- Berries: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries
FRIDGE & PANTRY:
Since I am a cook, when I look in the fridge or my pantry, I am constantly scanning for items that need to be used before spoil. I add lots of random things into smoothies that I find in my fridge or pantry just because I am constantly trying to reinvent the wheel. Any fruit will work, but here are some items I toss in at times to shake things up.
- Leftover Oatmeal, Grains or Cereal
- Greek Yogurt
- Seeds & Nuts
- Almond or Soy Milk
- Fruit Juice & Fruit Preserves (These can be sugary so I try keep these at a minimum.)
Here is the recipe for the beautiful smoothie in the picture above. Took me less than 5 minutes and offered a perfect snack in the afternoon that held me over until dinner.
Strawberry, Banana & Pineapple Smoothie w Greek Yogurt
Throw in a blender & enjoy! You can adjust to your liking...I like mine really thick, but you can always add more fresh fruit or juice to thin out your smoothie.
- 1/2 Frozen Banana
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
- 1/2 Cup Pineapple
- 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
- 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt (I had vanilla, but plain or any flavor will work well.)
I promise that if you add this item to your daily routine the results are endless, especially those of you that like to skip breakfast! This is a perfect way to start a habit of eating something before the 12:00 lunch bell, rather than skipping the most important meal of the day or rounding that drive through.