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Filling Tasty Smoothies for Winter Weight Loss

Some people stop drinking smoothies in the winter because smoothies are like milk shakes.  They seem like they should be a food consumed in the summer.  However there do a lot heavier taste smoothies that can also help with weight loss in the winter.  They are so rich in nutrients they can be replacement meals.

 

In the winter a Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie is hearty and filling but helps you lose weight at the same time.  Combine half of one banana, half a cup of peanut butter, half cup of milk, six ice cubes and one tablespoon on chocolate protein powder in a blender and blend until smooth.

 

In the winter we also tend to crave sweets.  Try making an Espresso Smoothie! Combine ice cubes, frozen myogurt, a shot of express and cocoa powder and whip it all together in a blender. This will not only satisfy a craving for chocolate but also help you sustain enough energy to keep going through a slow dark winter’s day.

 

Equally decadent is a chocolate raspberry smoothie. Combine soymilk, vanilla yogurt, chocolate chips, frozen and fresh raspberries and ice. Combine it all together and blend it until smooth.

 

A thick nourishing drink is a Blueberry-Banana smoothie.  Mix soy protein, a banana, flaxseed oil, frozen blueberries, honey, apple juice psyllium seed husk and a bit of water. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and masticate until smooth.  A similar drink is a strawberry banana smoothie. You can up the Vitamin C and cold and flu-fighting factor by adding a couple of pieces of cut up orange to the mix.

 

Also quite satisfying, nutritious and filling is a bright green apple smoothie.  This treat tastes almost like a green apple sour candy.  You mix together skim milk or soy milk, vanilla yogurt, a teaspoon of apple pie spice, a medium sized chopped up granny smith apple, two tablespoons of cashew butter (for protein) and six ice cubes. Put it all in the blender and then mix until smooth.

 

A tropical treat that is a bit of a taste of sunshine the Mango Surprise Smoothie. The surprise is a whole avocado in the shake giving it a smoothness and richness that is comforting in the winter. Cubed mangos, vanilla yogurt, limejuice and a touch of honey, stevia or sugar complete the list of ingredients. Blend until smooth.

 

Peach smoothies are a sunny treat and full of needed Vitamin C and A.  Mix one-cup skim milk, unsweetened peaches and flaxseed oil. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Why You Need to Drink More Water in the Winter

In the Winter we tend to suffer a bit more from dehydration.  We enter dry rooms, do not exercise as much and become more lethargic. The result can be ill helath from not drinking enough water. It is easy to fall out of the habit of drinking enough water. Most of us need about eight glasses a day in order to thrive.  To figure out the absolute minimum amount of water you need a day take your weight and divide by ten and then by two.  So if you are 160 pounds you need at least eight glasses a day.  Most nutritionists would say to add four glasses a day to whatever figure you arrive at after dividing your weight by ten.  This means that to stay non-toxic and lose weight a person who weighs 160 pounds should have twelve glasses of water a day.

 

One of the benefits of drinking water in the winter is skin that is not dry.  Drinking water also remove impurities from your body and give you healthier, clearer skin.  Dry heat from certain heating system can also be a problem as can the dry winter cold that can chap our skins and dull our complexions.

 

Drinking water is a method of detox. If you do not drink enough water you tend to be more sedentary than usual.  If you are feeling sluggish the problem may very well be that you are not drinking enough water.

 

You also need to drink a lot of water if you want to lose all that weight you gained over the holidays.  Drinking ice cold water is said to help you burn even more calories.  Whether this is true or not consider adding ice to the water that you drink every day.

 

In the winter we also feel the effects of day time fatigue more. One way to fight this is to drink more water.  We also fight our natural tendency to hibernate in the winter by drinking more coffee and colas. These caffienated beverages also deprive our bodies of water.  Many ties our brains misinterpret thirst for hunger, which causes us to eat too much food. If you feel hungry after a meal you should try drinking a tall glass of water before you reach for a snack.

 

If you have a dry mouth it means that you are mildly dehydrated. Take a sip of water with you everywhere you go and take sips every now and then to get the moisture back into your water.