For those who want a practical way to lose weight…

I came up on this recently, after an old buddy of mine came to me wanting to know how to lose weight using smoothies and juicing. Below is a “how-to”:

Build a Better Smoothie

Here are the four things you need to create your own tasty, healthy combos.

A liquid base
Milk — 1 percent or nonfat — because it’s rich in vitamin D and calcium, which can help your body break down fat. But nondairy milks, like soy and almond, are fine too, he says, as is flavored water.

Lean protein
Getting protein at every meal helps you maintain lean muscle mass, which means you burn more calories throughout the day. Your best bets: plain nonfat yogurt, silken tofu, or unflavored protein powder.

Healthy fats
These give you energy, make your smoothie satisfying, and help your body absorb vitamins. Use up to two tablespoons of an ingredient that contains the good — that is, monounsaturated — kind, like avocado, seeds, or nuts.

High-fiber carbs
Any fruit will do, but raspberries and blueberries deliver the most fiber and the least amount of sugar. As for veggies, spinach and cucumber have the mildest, easiest-to-mask flavors.

And for you juicers out there…

The Best Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss – Tasty and Effective!

 

The Best Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss – Tasty and Effective!

Looking for some juicing recipes for weight loss? Freshly made juices are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes to give your body the nutrition it needs. The more you can satisfy your nutritional requirements, the less hungry you’ll feel and the easier losing weight will be.

Modern juicers come in two main designs. The first are centrifugal juices that have an upright design and juice by shredding fruit and veggies into a pulp while they spin rapidly to extract the resulting liquid. These are the most common and good ones like this are relatively inexpensive for all the health benefits they provide.

The second are masticating juicers which usually have a horizontal design that crushes and squeezes the juice out of vegetables and fruit. This produces both a higher quality and quantity of juice than most centrifugal juicers. The design is also much more effective when juicing highly nutritious greens like spinach, kale and wheatgrass.

If you take your juicing seriously it’s really worth investing in a powerful masticating juicer. In the long run you’ll get much more out of it and they are also much easier to clean.

Once you’ve got a juicer you’re happy with, check out our top recipes below to help you make some fantastically healthy juices to help burn those pounds away.

Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss

The Toxin Killer

The Toxin Killer is a juice bursting with antioxidants to combat free radicals and cleanse your system of toxins. It’s a bit of an unusual green but it still tastes really nice nonetheless and it’s excellent for your body!.

  • 3 applesjuicing recipes for weight loss
  • 1 stick of celery
  • Half a cucumber
  • Spinach (1 handful)
  • Ice
  • Lettuce (1 handful)
  1. Peel the apples and the cucumber.
  2. Drop them into the juicer with the lettuce and spinach.
  3. Add ice and blend it for a minute or so.
  4. Drink nice and cold.

(Serves 2)

Power Punch

This drink is filled with vitamins and minerals and has a delicious tang to it from the lime and pineapple. It’s a powerful drink that will give you plenty of energy and nourishment for your morning or afternoon. The strong taste also helps waking up. perfect if you’re trying to get rid of coffee

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  • power punchA third of a pineapple
  • Half a cucumber
  • Spinach (1 handful)
  • 2 apples
  • The juice of 2 fresh limes
  • Ice
  1. Juice the lime separately in a citrus juicer and pour it into your collection jar with the ice. This helps prevent oxidization of the juice.
  2. Cut up the pinapple and apples so they are small enough to fit through your juicer’s feeder.
  3. Juice all the ingredients, stir and drink immediately.

(Serves 2)

Crunch Fest

This drink has lots of healthy vegetables, but the sweetness of the orange and carrots means you’ll barely taste them. Excellent for those who are not big veggie fans out there.

  • 2 orangestasty juicing recipe
  • 2 carrots
  • ¼ head of lettuce
  • 1 Celery stick
  • ¼ head of cabbage
  • 2 large branches of broccoli
  1. Use a citrus juicer for the oranges and add it to the collection jar with the ice.
  2. Run the carrots, celery, cabbage and lettuce through the juicer.
  3. Stir to blend well and enjoy.

(Serves 2)

Fruity Blast

This is a sweet  but very nutritious drink to enjoy and is a great pick me up when you’re low on energy. Use it to replace your usual red bull or other energy drink.

  • fruit juice with a juicer2 apples
  • A third of a pineapple
  • 2 kiwi fruit
  • 2 nectarines
  1. Remove the stones from the nectarine and the skin from the pineapple.
  2. Chop up the pineapple and apples until they easily fit through your juicer.
  3. Add ice, mix well and drink straight away.

(Serves 2)

The Green Machine

This drink is full of green power from chlorophyll, rich in antioxidants and quite low in calories. It’s much better when made in a masticating juicer like this that can really squeeze the juice out of those greens. Perfect if you’re having a hangover.

  • parsley juice recipe2 carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • Parsley (1 small bunch)
  • Chard (1/2 bunch)
  • Spinach (1/2 bunch)
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Celery
  • The juice of a lime
  1. Squeeze the lime first and pour the juice into the collection jar with a few ice cubes.
  2. Juice the greens in tightly packed balls in between the harder carrots, cucumber and celery.
  3. Mix it up and slowly sip while the ice melts.

(Serves 2)

3 Reasons Why Juicing Helps You Lose Weight

Here are a few reasons why these juice recipes are so effective for weight loss:

  1. They’re rich in nutrients that suppress hunger – All of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and other nutrients in freshly made juices help to avoid hunger pangs. This is because our hunger is often related to our bodies need for proper nutrition. You’ll find it much easier to say “no” to things that you shouldn’t be eating once your body is getting more of the essential elements it needs.
  2. They detox your system – Toxins can really slow down your weight loss efforts, but fresh juices are one of best detoxification aids available. Green juice full of chlorophyll is particularly detoxifying and can really help your liver and kidneys to flush out your system.
  3. They are a better alternative to restriction diets – Diets based on starving yourself really don’t work. A much better way is to cut right back on those uniquely fattening foods that interfere with metabolizing body fat. When using juicing for weight loss, you can drink a glass of  freshly made juice every few hours and feel far more satisfied than you would trying to avoid eating anything.
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