Loosing weight feels like the a insurmountable task.
Like you’re climbing up a 70 degree incline.
I feel your pain.
The most important thing is to take it one step at a time, because everything is a process and you don’t want to overwhelm yourself or burn yourself out.
I defiantly know that from personal experience.
A good way to begin a weight loss journey so as not to shellshock yourself, is to start off with moderate food modifications, but focus on better and more nutritional drink choices.
Here’s my logic:
Drinks, because they are a liquid, they absorb into the body faster than solid foods do.
Also they cause less waste in the intestines, making them a great option for cleansing the intestines fully.
Finally, and arguably most importantly, they can be significantly more mobile than food is. It is an easier addition to add to your lifestyle no matter your schedule.
You can take a drink pretty much everywhere.
Within this post I will go over 3 main types of drinks: Smoothies, Teas, and Juices. Within each category I will have a short How-to blurb and then 5 recipes that each total under $5.00 for each glass.
Yea….. healthy drinking does not mean spending all your money….
Let us begin!
I beg of you, do not try to make yourself smoothies that don’t taste good. You’ll hate it and it won’t be fun. I also know this through personal experience.
Directions: Just put everything in a blender per appliance instructions. For particularly thicker grains, fruits, or vegetables, pulse them in the blender a little by themselves before everything else goes in.
A powerful and recommended blender by hundreds of YouTubers and bloggers is the Ninja Professional 72oz Countertop Blender. This blender is the one I currently have on layaway right now. I’ve seen an in-person demonstration and want it soooo bad. And its not horribly expensive. Check out its stats here.
Tips for smoothie creation:
- Standard formula: ¼- ½ cup fruits, 1 scoop/1 Tbsp protein/healthy fat, ¼ tsp spice or herb, sweetener (to taste)
- Try to blend things of similar consistencies together as groups before putting them together.
- Use Ice at your own discretion depending on how frothy you would like your smoothie.
- If you’re using fresh fruit, try your best to remove as many seeds as you can before putting in the blender 😊
- Blueberry Spinach Protein Smoothie
- ½ cup frozen berries
- Handful of Spinach
- 8 oz almond milk
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- Kale Banana Smoothie
- ½ lemon, peeled and seeded
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup kale
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 ice cubes
- Water to blend (optional)
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Smoothie
- ¼ Quick Oats
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- ½ tbsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- Ice (to adjust smoothie thickness level)
- Collard Peanut Smoothie
- 1 cup mixed berries frozen
- ½ cup almond milk
- ¼ cup oats
- ¼ cup nuts crushed
- Handful of collard greens
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Ice (to adjust smoothie thickness level)
If you’re interested, here are some phenomenal books on smoothies with hundreds of recipes:
The Healthy Smoothie Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease, and Live Long
Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body
Healthy Quick & Easy Smoothies: 100 No-Fuss Recipes Under 300 Calories You Can Make with 5 Ingredients
Teas are oh so relaxing on so many levels. Most importantly, they have way more versatility to them than people realize.
They can be used and taken into any part of your day to encourage mental and physical relaxation, clarity, and focus.
Tips on brewing tea:
- You can brew it in a teapot, or in the cup you drink from, just make sure that you use warmer water. Now it doesn’t have to be hot, but the purpose is that the water and tea herbs will infuse better for maximum flavor etc.
- Try and use water with a more balanced pH, if you don’t it can affect the taste of the tea.
- If you’re making the tea from the raw herbs, the rules are as follows:
- Smaller cut leaves infuse faster and will have a shorter amount of steeping time.
- Larger leaves take a longer time to infuse, and thus a longer to steep.
This tea works like a super detox; it encourages the body to release toxins and free radicals as well as reduce inflammation from such toxins. This detox with cause your body to hold onto unnecessary fat less and seek to achieve a better metabolic rhythm. This will cause you to loose weight big time and keep it off.
This famous tea of Chinese herbal medicine is so powerful because of the catechins that work with your body’s metabolism to slow the conversion of food into fat. In addition to slowing weight gain, you will experience less energy roller coasters through by having more consistent energy to do physical activity as well as day to day tasks.
- Matcha Green
Of all of the teas on this list, this one has the highest source of antioxidants. This makes it perfect for detoxing the intestines esp. from heavy metals and toxic inflammatory chemicals such as mercury. In addition to that, the zinc, magnesium, selenium, and chlorophyll in this tea are great for improving the body’s lymphatic systems through facilitating the elimination of toxins on a cellular level.
- Ginger Tea
Ginger is my power spice and my spirit food. Don’t judge.
Ginger helps aid weight loss by aiding in the balance hormones within the body as well as encouraging the health of the stomach and intestines. The cortisol in ginger works directly with hormones, allowing the body to eliminate toxins and inflammation that prevent your metabolism from speeding up.
- Green Tea
This tea is famous for weight loss because it contains a lot of chemicals that are found in vegetables as well as fruits in an easily absorbable format for the body. Nutrients in it include catechins, vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acids, and potassium that invigorate, energize and rejuvenate the muscles and intestines from the cellular level upward. Also this tea increases energy levels, revs the metabolism over time, and builds up the immune system. These are all of the upmost importance when loosing weight and strengthening the body.
If you’re interested, here are some phenomenal book resources for teas that heal the body from the inside out.
20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs
Healing Herbal Teas: Learn to Blend 101 Specially Formulated Teas for Stress Management, Common Ailments, Seasonal Health, and Immune Support
Pretty, pretty, please with cherry on top start juicing with vegetable and fruits you like; consider taste and nutrients as equal components of a good juice. If it doesn’t taste good, you will inwardly hate it and not do it.
Please be kind to yourself.
Directions: Just put it all into your juicer per appliance instructions. But make sure to break down harder and larger vegetables through slicing for an overall easier juicing process.
Due to the extreme variation in the textures of some fruits and veggies, you definably want to have a juicer that can handle whatever you throw at it. This
juicer below is great not only because it’s super powerful, but because it is also not super expensive. It’s about balance people.
Tips for regular juicing:
- Alternate between fruits and vegetables to get a balance of vitamins, amino acids, carbs, fiber, etc.
- Start with fruit flavors as primary taste first, then move into vegetable flavors so your palate can get used to it.
- Try to juice on an empty stomach if possible, or 5-10 minutes just before a bigger meal.
- Try to not store juice longer than 24 hours, but in a pinch it can be good for 36 hours. To slow spoiling, make sure to add lemon, with the peel, in the juicer before beginning.
- Lemon Apple Spinach Juice Blend
- One medium-sized apple
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- Half a lemon (not peeled)
- Ginger root (according to your spice preference level)
- Pineapple Juice
Not only is this phenomenally tasty, but it cuts belly fat like a knife. The bromalin in pineapples, a major enzyme for metabolic health, helps improve the with the way the body digests ingested proteins and fats. Over time this enzyme causes the body to hold onto less and less, and naturally eliminate more toxins and wastes while keeping what is needed. That weight will melt like butta baby! *80s movie reference, don’t judge*
- Cucumber Juice
This food has one of the highest water contents of any vegetable, meaning it can keep the body hydrated for longer. Hydrating can help the body to reduce inflammation and prevent insulin spikes; both of which cause the body to seek fats and toxins to expel as waste in order to obtain a more balanced PH.
- Spinach Blueberry Celery Juice Blend
- ½ cup pineapple (without the skin)
- One pear
- Two handfuls of spinach
- Four celery stalks
- ½ Cucumber
- Cabbage Juice
This is an extremely high fiber vegetable that does a great deal to aid in the expulsion of waste and maintaining the nutritional balance of the lymphatic and circulatory system. The former is more important because it makes it easier to eliminate unnecessary inflammatories and built up fats within the body. The later is equally as important because through balancing the content of the nutrient flow around the body, general health increases exponentially. Both aid in the journey toward healthy weight loss and a more efficient metabolism.
If you’re interested, here are some phenomenal books on juicing with hundreds of recipes:
The Juicing Recipes Book: 150 Healthy Juicer Recipes to Unleash the Nutritional Power of Your Juicing Machine
Juicing for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Juicing Recipes and Juicing for Weight Loss
As seen above, weight loss drinks do not have to be expensive or dangerous. These drinks will feed your body in a way that it will heal and balance itself so you can feel amazing on the inside and out. 😊
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