Looking for a Healthy Smoothie

Smoothies can be a perfect meal or snack substitute.

You can combine avocado with green, leafy vegetables like kale and fruits like banana, pineapple or berries. Plus, for a protein-packed smoothie, try adding some protein powder, Greek yogurt or milk.

For a quick smoothie, blend together:

1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
1/2 banana
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of Blueberries
Ice to taste
The options are endless when it comes to smoothies.

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Need a Substitute for Sour Cream

Avocados can be perfect for dishes that are usually made with sour cream.

For instance, you can make baked potatoes topped with mashed avocados and shredded cheese. Another option is to make a dairy-free sour cream substitute by blending together the following:

  • 2 avocados
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Set realistic goals

It may seem obvious to set realistic weight-loss goals. But do you really know what’s realistic? Over the long term, it’s best to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds a week. Generally to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a lower calorie diet and regular physical activity.

Depending on your weight, 5 percent of your current weight may be a realistic goal. Even this level of weight loss can help lower your risk for chronic health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. If you’re 180 pounds  that’s 9 pounds.

When you’re setting goals, think about both process and outcome goals. “Walk every day for 30 minutes” is an example of a process goal. “Lose 10 pounds” is an example of an outcome goal. It isn’t essential that you have an outcome goal, but you should set process goals because changing your habits is a key to weight loss.

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Eat your H2O

Sure, you certainly need to drink plenty of water to help combat bloating, you can (and should!) also consume high-water content foods. Reach for cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, asparagus, grapes, celery, artichokes, pineapple, and cranberries — all of which contain diuretic properties that will also help you stay full due to their higher fiber content.

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Some Weight Loss Tips

I was at the gym the other day and was think of some weight loss ideas while I was on the bike and I thought I might share some of my ideas that I have used in the past and also planning to use myself.

Eating a handful of nuts will help you stay full

Muscle burns at least four times as many calories as fat does, so try twenty minutes of strength straining two to three times a week

Try drinking skim milk at breakfast instead of juice. Overweight people who drank skim milk for breakfast ate fewer calories

Make sure you check food labels and avoid anything with more than 4 grams of sugar

Replace your regular pasta noodles with whole wheat pasta for a more filling meal

Avocados can be your secret weight loss partners. They’re high in fiber and healthy fats, giving you a meaty-tasting meat alternative

Get your Zzzzzs. Sleep deprivation alters levels of hormones in the body that regulate hunger, causing an increase in appetite

Oats are your friends! Eating a cup of oatmeal in the morning will prevent you from gorging in the afternoon