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Healthy Smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies

Helloooooooo, blog! I just wanted to share my latest fascination – healthy smoothies!

The summer went swooshing by and, before I know it, school’s about to start in less than a week! The summer was filled with activities for the kids – the girls had music classes, and Nate learned martial arts. In May, the girls resumed to their Chinese Character Canon lessons. In between were several family events and family-related tasks.

So there go my excuses for not updating my blog. 😀

Anyway, what I wanted to share today is my recent fascination with smoothies! I love smoothies. I make them everyday; I try as much as possible to include greens in them. And here’s what I also learned: I can lose weight, as much as 5 pounds in one week, by having healthy smoothies for dinner instead of a full meal.

I was inspired by this Facebook page – Incredible Smoothies by Tracy Russel. Her smoothies are awesome, and she lost weight by drinking green smoothies.

At first I was using my old blender, which wasn’t powerful enough so my smoothies would often have chunks.

On Mother’s Day, my thoughtful hub and kids surprised me with a better, more powerful Oster blender! So now I enjoy smoother, finer healthy smoothies.

I don’t intend (just yet) on going full vegetarian. But fresh fruit/veggie smoothie dinners seem like a good place to start eating healthier. Here are the smoothie dinners that I’ve been enjoying all summer, along with a few tips. 🙂

healthy smoothies fruits veggies

Wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly!

Before chopping fruits and veggies for smoothie making, I soak them in a DIY veggie and fruit wash:

Mix 1 cup white vinegar + 1 tbsp baking soda in a large bowl of water (approx. 2 liters). Soak the veggies and fruits for 10 minutes, then rinse them in cold water.

This step is important for veggies and fruits that we eat with the skin on. However, I would still peel fruits such as apples and pears (which are usually waxed before being sold in the market).

green smoothie healthy smoothies

I spend about an hour every 2 days or so washing and chopping fruits and veggies for freezing and/or storage in the ref. Frozen fruits are amazing in smoothies because I don’t have to add ice anymore. Also, it’s so convenient to pop frozen fruits into the blender for a quick smoothie anytime of the day.

healthy smoothies grape pineapple carrots cucumber

Fresh grapes and carrots + frozen pineapples and cucumbers + apple juice + water. If I’m blending frozen fruits, I have to add a bit more liquid. Continue reading Healthy Smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies

Eat to lose weight

So, as expected, it seems like I seriously need to lose a few (read: five to ten) pounds.

To get myself started on this great, big task, I began not eating rice during dinner – no rice after 6! But I know I have to be doing more than that if I want to shed the fat. I know, though that even the best diet pills on the market are out of the question. No, thanks.

Do you know that there are foods to eat to help you lose weight? According to an article on Women’s Health, these foods make us feel full longer, keep the blood sugar levels low longer, help burn fat faster and even reduce blood triglycerides (the bad fats). What are these foods?

  • berries
  • low-fat yogurt
  • peanuts
  • turkey
  • breakfast cereals
  • enova oil

Of course, a healthy diet must consist of more than just the ones mentioned above. I learned a while back (when I began losing weight 3 years ago) that it really isn’t rocket-science. All we need to eat healthily is common sense – choose a lean cut of meat over a fatty one, brown over white rice, fruits over junk, baked over fried…

And then, choose to just do it! (The most difficult part).

*sigh*