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De-bloating Smoothie

Bloating… let’s be honest: we all have felt bloated at some point and it’s horrible. It makes us feel down and grumpy. There are good and bad news about bloating. The good news is that bloating is often confused with fat. But that’s not the case. Bloating comes in the form of gas and water retention and adds centimetres and puffiness to the waistline. Not really nice! This means that by reducing bloating you will look slimmer and healthier.

The bad news is that bloating is a real health issue and there is no quick fix to get rid of it. But there are things that you can do that will help to reduce bloating. There are several reasons that cause bloating. I am not going to get into details today, as that is the subject of another blog post alone. But briefly the main causes of bloating are  indigestion, water retention and hormones.Obviously, diet plays a very important role in sorting this issue, which is why I am posting the recipe of this delicious Smoothie that helps fighting the bloating. It is also super fresh for Summer!

It has watermelon which is well known for its diuretic effects and good for constipation since its a mild laxative. Watermelon also contains medicinal properties: lowers the blood pressure, treats edema, skin fungus and more. Watermelon contains considerable amount of beta-carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C and essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iodine and manganese. All good reasons to eat watermelon.

Just like watermelon, raspberries are high in water — which can help decrease bloating. They are also high in fiber, which helps the food move through the intestines more quickly and decrease abdominal pressure and bloating. Lemon is a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative and can reduce the amount of salt retained in the body. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C.

Here is the recipe of my De-bloating Smoothie:

– 2 cups of watermelon (with seeds)

– 1 cup of frozen raspberries

– 1/2 banana juice of half lemon

– 1/4 cup of water Blend all the ingredients in a powerful blender and enjoy straight away.

Lots of love! 🙂

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Beauty Green Smoothie

If you are looking to add more greens into your diet and want to look great for summer try this Beauty Green Smoothie.

I call it Beauty Green Smoothie because that’s what it is. It clears the skin and makes it glow and it’s great for loosing those extra pounds that you are struggling to lose.

But most importantly,  it will dramatically improve your health since it is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

I have been drinking Green Smoothies for five years now! I absolutely love them! I usually have one glass of Green Smoothie in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The Green Smoothie is great in the morning on an empty stomach because the body will absorb instantly all the nutrients from the smoothie. Because it is blended the body doesn’t have to do any effort to digest it. I also like to have a Green Smoothie in the afternoon to beat the afternoon energy slump at work.

The Green Smoothie is an alkaline drink so it will help to neutralize the acid in the body. For this reason, it is normal to experience some water retention and some tiredness when we start drinking the smoothies. This is normal since the body is getting rid of the toxins, and it happened to me! But don’t worry, it will go away after  2-3 weeks. After that you will start feeling fresh and full of energy.

Here is the recipe:

– 2 glasses of filtered water

– 2-3 handfulls of spinach

– 1 apple (with skin)

– 1 kiwin (pealed)

– 1 banana

– juice of 1/2 lemon

Blend all these ingredients in a powerful blender and enjoy! You can save it in the fridge in a glass container with a lid (I usually use foil) to avoid oxidation. The Smoothie will last two days in the fridge.

Please note that the blending will slightly increase the temperature so if you want to drink it straight away and have a good blender, you can add only 1 glass of water and a cup of ice-cubes.

You can then make variations to the Green Smoothie. Just remember to add 2-3 pieces of fruit and 1-2 vegetables. Do not mix too many ingredients as it won’t taste good!

The ingredients that I also like to include in the Green Smoothie are: celery, kale, orange, mango.

For an omega-3 rich Green Smoothie add 1 tablespoon of linseeds.

Try it yourself and let me know how it goes! I would love to hear from you!

Enjoy!

Lots of love!

Susana

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Chia Seed – Rasperry Smoothie

This Smoothie is super tasty and full of fiber, antioxidants, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Excellent in the morning for breakfast or after a workout.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

– 2 glasses of almond milk

– 2 bananas

– 1 slice of pineapple

– 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

– 1 cup of frozen rasperries

Directions:

In a powerful blender add the almond milk, and the chia seeds. Let it soak for a few minutes to allow the seeds to expand their size. Then add the rest of the ingredients and start blending at low speed for a few seconds. Slowly increase the speed and blend all the ingredients until smooth.

Enjoy!!rasperry_smoothie