I will let you on a little secret – When it comes to weight-loss, the morning smoothie is like the most effective weapon there is against hunger. There is no other way to get all of the nutrition you need for the least number of calories. Not to mention that it helps you to fill your gut and stay hydrated. Nothing is perfect, but the smoothie is pretty darn close.

So when it comes to weight loss, the biggest challenge I see people face is knowing what to eat, how much, and how often. Not knowing means not being prepared. Not being prepared means resorting to whatever is in the cupboard or fridge. The result? Poor food choices, frustration from the inability to knock-off the pounds, and the desire to just give up.

Let’s change that. Here are 3 smoothie recipes that you can fix for yourself as a meal (like breakfast) or meal replacement (like lunch or dinner).

1. The Super Smoothie:

· 12 ounces of water or green tea

· 2 scoops of vanilla flavored protein powder

· 1 cup of mixed berries

· 1 handful of spinach or kale

· 10 raw nuts

· 2 tbsp flaxseed

· 1 tbsp chia seeds

· ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

2. Awesome Apple Smoothie:

· 12 ounces of water or green tea

· 2 scoops of vanilla flavored protein powder

· 1 apple (cut into wedges for the blender)

· 1 handful of spinach or kale

· 10 raw nuts

· ½ cup of raw uncooked oats

· 2 tbsp flaxseed

· 1tbsp chia seeds

· cinnamon to taste

3. Chocolate & Peanut Butter Smoothie:

· 12 ounces of water

· 2 scoops of chocolate flavored protein powder

· 1 handful of spinach or kale

· 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter

· 2 tbsp flaxseed

· 1 tbsp chia seeds

These smoothies are all around 500 calories, high in protein, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, they taste awesome.

The best way to prepare them is with a Vitamix. This blender will pretty much liquefy anything and it is commercial grade, so it will last forever. Your smoothies will really be SMOOTH rather than chunky and full of pulp. Make sure that you chop all of the ingredients up into small pieces so that the blender blades can grab-hold and pull the food down. If the smoothie is too thick, just add some water. Also, once you have the consistency you want, add some ice cubes to blend and chill.

So, if you are trying to lose weight and normally either skip breakfast or eat something with empty calories. Give one or all of these smoothie recipes a try. Once you try it, you will be hooked on a super healthy habit. Enjoy!!

Source: EzineArticles.com

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