BENEFITS OF DRINKING HEALTHY SMOOTHIES
Ensuring you get the correct and enough of the right nutrients into the body can be quite a challenge for some people. especially those who struggle with veg.  If you’re a frequent exerciser and/or busy rushing around in the morning with no time for breakfast at least with a smoothie ready there and waiting will mean you’re fuelled ready to start your day. A nutritious breakfast gives a good start to your day. It gives you energy to keep going all day long..
Plus…when it cones to getting the kids to eat well and steer clear of the junk 24/7 the delicious taste and a lot of health benefits make the good old smoothie the perfect answer.
So here are just a few of the benefits & a few ideas …..
MAKES YOU FEEL FULL
People trying to lose weight often skip the morning meal and end up snacking on food in larger amounts between meals. To avoid this, experts advise having smoothies made of excellent fruits and flavors so that you stay full for a long time.
CONTROLS CRAVINGS
Smoothies are full of nutrients and flavor. They are an essential part of the best breakfast in Edmond, as they provide a power-packed start for the day. A lot of protein along with many nutrients subdue food cravings and keep you away from eating junk food.
AID IN DIGESTION
Green smoothies that contain a lot of green leafy vegetables add essential vitamins and minerals to breakfast and aid in digestion. The fiber supplied by these drinks multiplies the benefits of having a delicious breakfast
SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Green tea is a popular source of antioxidants. You can add matcha green tea powder to make your smoothies rich in antioxidants, and these will help prevent a lot of diseases. Grapes, berries and sweet potatoes are natural sources of antioxidants.
ENHANCES IMMUNITY
Immunity refers to the ability of your body to fight against pathogens and diseases. This natural potential becomes degenerated due to several reasons. Interestingly, having smoothies made of ingredients that include nutrients like beta-carotene helps boost your immune system.
CURBS SLEEP DISORDERS
Ahhh lack of sleep, one we know only to well and so many people suffer with this one. A healthy breakfast accompanied by a smoothie made of bananas, kiwi and oats provides calcium and magnesium in good amounts. This induces sleep and helps maintain healthy sleeping patterns.
IMPROVES SKIN
As you may know, food containing carotenoids, like mango and pumpkin, are highly beneficial for skin and complexion. Therefore, smoothies that contain these ingredients help you keep glowing in the summer.
PROVIDES LIQUID FOOD BENEFITS
Health and nutrition experts worldwide suggest consuming liquid food for better digestion. Smoothies contain blended fruits and vegetables in liquid form that make it easier for the body to break them down.
DETOXIFIES THE BODY
Foods like garlic, papaya and beets help cleanse your blood and get rid of several toxins accumulated in your body tissues. Thus to have a great breakfast you should include smoothies as reliable detoxifying drinks every day.
BOOSTS BRAIN POWER
It is quite evident that that certain fruits and vegetables increase brain power and boost memory. Mental alertness and concentration is greatly enhanced by ingredients like coconut that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Smoothies with these ingredients help the brain work faster.
CONTROLS MOOD SWINGS
Organic fruits and vegetables serve as excellent stress busters. Smoothies made of fresh ingredients relieve stress and help you stay happier and healthier.
FIGHTS DEPRESSION
Fresh vegetables and fruits that are rich in folic acid, like broccoli, spinach and bananas, help keep depression at bay. Patients suffering from depression are advised to eat healthy breakfasts, and smoothies can be very helpful for them.
SUPPLIES CALCIUM
A regular intake of calcium in the right amount is essential for bone and tooth health. Moreover, it can affect hair growth and heart functioning too. Smoothies prepared with dairy or fortified dairy alternatives serve as great sources of calcium for the body.
So just a few of the amazing benefits of the smoothie.  I’ve pulled some of my favorite recipes off the web – let me know what you think……..  Happy Sunday
GREEN POWERED SMOOTHIE
1 cup unsweetened almond milk. 1 ripe banana (frozen), 1/2 cup of mango (frozen)1-2 handfuls of spinach, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
LAYERED SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup (2 tablespoons) almond butter, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon cacco powder, 2 soft medjool dates
RASPBERRY GINGER SMOOTHIE
2 cups unsweetened nut milk, 2 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, 1 packed cup baby spinach, 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt, juice 1/2 lime
GOLD POWER SMOOTHIE
2 medium carrots, 2/3 cup pineapple juice, unsweetened, 1/2 cup of fresh orange, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Louise King

I’ve really enjoyed this programme, having done the 4 week lift lean in Jan which was really quite strict with the food and intense with the daily workouts I’ve actually seen better results this time around.

I like having a choice of workouts as if I’m not keen on doing one 2/3 times through I just pick an alternative to make up the time. Like you Malinda I found it difficult to keep up with the workouts every day what with two young kids and work 4 days a week. I didn’t beat myself up if I didn’t do it this time though as I knew that if I got to class a couple of times a week and kept on top of the eating I could at the very least maintain the weight.

Denise Campbell

Hi Lindsay, the Elevate program has been a hit for me. I’ve enjoyed the different options each week. Wednesday nights class was a challenge but a good one. I also liked the daily choice of online exercises. Results for me were 3kg weight & 4.5 ins loss. 

I’m ready for my trip to Australia to visit my son ✈️?❤️. Sorry but won’t be back to class till November ?. 
Thanks again Lindsay for your encouragement, endless energy & support xx

Malinda Young

I lost 2lb in weight and 5.5 inches in total. I’m really pleased with the inch loss but was hoping for a few more pounds to have gone! However I’m pleased because it’s still a loss. 

I had gestational diabetes in both pregnancies, so I’m high risk to develop type 2 at some point during the rest of my life. I’m not going to let this happen so Elevate/Lindsay has helped get my mindset on track for this. Having ‘wiggle room’ and not beating myself up about it is such a positive thing- allowing myself this has actually meant I’ve got back on track again much quicker than I would usually.

Jayne Williams

I love my fitness pal and will keep it up mon-fri, the daily coaching from Lindsay was invaluable and set me up for the day in the right mindset.
I wasn’t fab at the daily workouts but did add more daily walks in, regular daily small changes is the way forward for me 

Loved having a different theme each week too. The most challenging for me was to eat varied meals and to post in the group..

Thanks so much Lindsay, looking forward to the November Elevate

Nicola Bleinham

My measurements and weight stayed the same, however, overall I feel less bloated and more toned and my clothes feel looser.

I didn’t really want to lose too much weight, just tone up and I feel that I have achieved this. I also feel that my digestion problems are more under control now I eat cleaner and I think I have a better understanding on the food that triggers my ibs cramps.

Paula Trainer

I’m definitely more alert & my energy levels have improved. My sleep as also improved.

I found the daily coaching really useful. Maybe 7am is too early for some. It was okay for me as I’m at work by 7, but maybe 7.30am better. I definitely think mornings are better. 

I’ve booked on the November course so my goal is to continue with food food protocol that works best for me, along with tracking my inch loss. I’ve decided not to track my weight as it’s left me really disappointed each week. 

Thanks for your support Lindsay Williams

Joanna Soltu

So excited as I approach the end of the programme. Have lost 4lbs and although I didn’t take accurate body measurements at any point during the programme, I know I have lost mass as I can now fit into clothing that I couldn’t before! 

I’m feeling a lot fitter and more energetic and I am determined to keep up the regular exercise. Have also bought myself several keto recipe books to ensure I stay focused and motivated to keep going as I am loving the variety and naturalness of the food. Thanks Lindsay x

Nicola

Lift Lean week 1 results. Weight: lost 2.2 kg 4.8 lbs. Mass: ? Lost total of 9cm 3.5”
Happy with that. ?

Need to work a bit harder on home workouts! ?️‍♀️ But wanted to do this program for general well being!
Getting back on track with healthy food, not over eating, drinking less alcohol, being more positive and ultimately getting fit.

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