A smoothie diet is probably the best dieting option I have ever tried. I have made so many different attempts, and while some of them were successful, it was only for a short period of time. Relapse is always hard.
As mentioned in a previous article, one’s eating habit is not the only factor contributing to a healthy life. However, when it comes down to it, health is heavily – and mostly – dependent on diet. And so, here comes the part where we need to act most responsibly, in order to achieve decent health status. That being said, what’s the best way to fulfill this responsibility? How to keep a straight path in a world of food “empowered” with chemical additives, heavily processed food, confusing labels and complex dietary calculations?
The BMI Myth
Yes, you read that correct. Seen from more realistic point of view, the BMI (Body Mass Index) can be quite a misleading phenomenon. Especially when it comes to the relation between it and cardiovascular health. Not so much because it’s not accurate, but mostly because it’s being often misunderstood, thus misused. The term was coined about a half a century ago, and it is based on the so-called social physics, an idea developed by a Belgian scientist some 150 years ago. Initially, the main purpose of this idea was to provide a personal, relative numerical representation of obesity.
Plenty of terms in this definition prevent BMI to be used in a way that it’s popular these days. Many people take it for granted, and as a sole information to determine not just their optimal weight, but their health status as a whole. This practice – on the long run – can have disappointing at best, or detrimental health effects at worst case. BMI was meant to serve as a pointer to a personal relatively healthy weight-to-height ratio. The point is, that your BMI might be off, but not the nutrition. It’s important what we eat, and not how much.
Through hardships to the stars
Well, not necessarily. Of course this phrase was not referring diet, not in the least, but I’ve heard many people use it to express the difficulty of a weight-loss diet. But at the same time, those same people never approached dieting as a [fun] self-research project, but rather as a homework and sacrifice. But it doesn’t have to be, because we are in absolutely full control of this factor.
The smart thing is to invest ourselves and do our best to carefully step down this road. To choose the right way to achieving optimal health. And, as mentioned in this article’s title – and my previous articles, what better way to go about it than a smoothie. And not just any kind of smoothie, but a recipe that can be taken daily, for a prolonged period of time. I have tried many recipes, experimented a lot, and I finally came to a combination that’s up to the challenge!
The recipe that’s able to fit everyone’s daily routine. I would recommend taking it as a breakfast or lunch substitute, however taking it in the evening can work just as fine as well.
The Ultimate Smoothie Diet Recipe
I compiled this flexible recipe after a long research and degustation efforts, and the results speak for themselves. And since it’s an everyday smoothie recipe, all of the ingredients are backed with convenient replacement. Obviously, no matter how good a meal is, will start to lose its sensation over a period of time. Additionally, it’s not the best way to diet healthwise. So, keeping the ingredients in rotation over time is the best way to retain optimal nutrient an flavor diversity through time.
The base for the everyday smoothie diet is greek yogurt, or almond or regular milk. Milk (or yogurt), always makes for an excellent base ingredient. I personally enjoy any sort of milk out there, but for this particular purpose I suggest using almond milk, regular one or a yogurt. The main reason for this is that I find these three to bear most of the essential health nutrients. The same reason applies to the chia and flax seeds. Rich in protein and loads of other highly valuable nutrients, these seeds are, for a good reason, probably the most valuable diet ingredients. Sometimes, feel free to use a mix of both in a recipe.
Using lemon or pineapple will provide with a solid vitamin C punch, and just the right touch of exotic acidity. Also, there’s the whole pack of nutrients that boost the immune system, enrich the antioxidant environment and promote overall health. With the immune system and infection fighting in check, let’s take care of the digestive (GI) tract next.
And what other way to protect your digestive system than the hardcore cruciferous vegetables. Or, more precisely, fresh kale and cabbage. Champions when it comes to health values which are almost literally over the limits. What I personally pick out of the bunch are the anti-colon cancer properties and the digestion-supporting ones. However, I must not forget about the vitamin K and omega-fatty acids contents, which are known fighters against developing Alzheimer’s disease and brain health supporters.
And lastly, maybe the most flavor-determining ingredient, which can be used as a decoration as well, is the sweetener. Especially in an everyday smoothie diet recipes. We can never go wrong with honey and maple syrup. Add depending on taste, although my everyday rule of thumb is about one tablespoon. Other than the sweet flavor, these last ingredients bring an energetic value, but also a wide variety of vitamins, infection-fighting and common disease-discouraging benefits as well.
Using them as a decoration, one common way to do it is to decorate the inner walls of the serving cup, or try to find a more interesting way if you’re feeling creative.
- 1/3 cup goji berries / acai berries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds / flax seed
- half a lemon / 1/3 cup of pineapple
- 1/3 cup of kale / fresh cabbage
- 1/4 greek yogurt / almond or regular milk
- 1 tbsp honey / maple syrup
I hope you’ll enjoy my ultimate everyday smoothie diet representative recipe. Try to make it fun by combining the ingredients in creative ways, or depending on flavor or desire. Let us know about your results or suggestions in the comment box below.