Hello, it’s me Lottie again. Did I do alright with my last post? Was it sufficiently motivating and did it further captivate your growing interest in the ways and means you could begin to transform your life from what it used to be as a tired old girl, sitting lonely on her couch in front of her telly with only her chips and chocolates and maybe the chubby tabby for company, to a superbly fit and energetic woman who just can’t wait to get out the front door to start her next run, oozing in confidence and wholly excited about her new life.
One exciting thing I am going to share with you today is my recent discovery of the so-called fruit and vegetable smoothie. I say so-called because I also discovered that there are fanatical or desperate women out there who go into the art and practice of making smoothies for entirely controversial and sometimes even blatantly incorrect reasons. Like the ingestion of vitamin supplements, some people often mistake the smoothie for a complete replacement of their daily meals which must include all three, being breakfast, lunch and supper.
So far, I have said this feelingly because I speak from personal experience. I have experienced what it feels like to be utterly weak, all my energy sapped from the day’s exertions. Smoothies do have great value in terms of nutrition and feeding you with all vitamins, minerals and other essentials, but it can never replace your daily meals. I am one of those who do not yet advocate the detoxification diet. At this stage, my body is not yet ready to undergo such a rigorous program. Also, I’m fortunate in the sense that I do not need to lose weight. In fact, I need to put on weight and my future health and fitness regime needs to be focused on building up and strengthening what is currently left of my muscles.
The smoothie, to my mind, is not a meal replacement. What it can be for me particularly is something of a good gap between meals. This will lessen the chance of me overeating at meal times because I won’t be so hungry by then. I can also use the smoothie after the exertions of my extremely physical workout and weight training session which I have yet to get used to. I just have to make sure that the smoothie has its recommended quota of proteins and healthy fats which most fruits and vegetables, and dairy products already have.
Where I am concerned, needing to build up muscles and strengthen them, these healthy fats and proteins are vital. In fact, now that I think about it, I can also take a smoothie before my workout. Imagine then, how that will make me feel. I also learned that adding raw oats to the smoothie mixture is rather potent. Let me close off this post on mixing your fruit and vegetables effectively between meals by passing on a short list of ingredients which fulfill all those requirements just mentioned above.
Smoothie for exercise and energy
Ingredients: 2 cups berries, banana, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 tablespoons of fat-free plain yogurt, a quarter cup of oats and 2 cups fresh kale.