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 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
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
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.)
Keeping these simple items on hand offer you the tools to keep yourself engaged & wanting more.  I can't stand healthy food that doesn't make me feel alive, taste fresh, or make me feel satisfied...but something as delicious as a fruit smoothie hardly makes me feel like I am missing out.
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

  • 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.)
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.  

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.