Are you looking for a quick and completely natural solution to shedding those unwanted pounds and keeping a healthy body weight?
Turns out there’s something you can eat in large quantities that makes you feel full, gives you energy, keeps you emotionally stable and, best of all, helps you to lose weight – green vegetables!
Not a huge fan of eating vegetables? No problem, just toss some vegetables along with a fruit (banana, mango and strawberry work best) into a blender, and enjoy a delicious weight loss friendly smoothie
Here are our favorite vegetable alternatives that work great in a smoothie:
Watercress is graded a solid 100% on the nutrition scale, by academic researchers together with the US Department of Agriculture.
Why? First of all, it has more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than oranges, more protein than most animal products, and contains all of the top 17 essential nutrients.
Watercress also contains alpha-lipoic acid. This is an antioxidant that researchers believe can fight off diabetes, which is closely connected with overweight issues.
In fact, Watercress in Germany is a prescribed medication to halt the progression of the nerve damage caused by diabetes.
As it is relatively strong and bitter tasting, you may want to consume it in a smoothie while blending in some sweet fruit and vegetables like beets, cucumber, and peaches. Also add Stevia as a natural sweetener.
Peas contain more protein than steak and eggs. Protein triggers the release of the fat burning hormone called glucagon, which scientists have demonstrated leads to fat loss, even in diabetics.
If you want your body to burn fat for energy quicker, or in other words to speed up your metabolism, protein-rich foods are the perfect solution.
Your body works much harder and requires much more energy to break down the proteins than it does to process fats and carbs. This hard word is the fat burning we’re after.
In addition, protein also helps you to build muscles, whose maintenance also requires energy and, thus, fat to be burned.
Protein also makes you feel full for longer, so you can avoid snacking unnecessary calories.
In smoothies, peas lend a great thickness and creaminess to the smoothie when cooked first. They work well with watery vegetables like lettuce and spinach.
In a recent study, Swedish researchers gave women spinach extract to eat in the mornings, and they lost 30% more weight than their peers! They said that they did not feel hungry or tempted by the mouthwatering foods that they usually ate.
Scientists believe that arginine, found in spinach, can increase your muscle mass. Because muscles are so big and heavy, your body must burn a lot of fat just to maintain them. This fat burning happens even when you are asleep.
Given its mild taste, it works beautifully with any vegetables and fruits. Apparently David Beckham loves his spinach because it is rich in fiber.
You can get it in the shops as powder or drops, but it is actually a plant with green leaves you can cultivate in your backyard. The leaves are sweeter than sugar and is the perfect solution to sweeten a smoothie without adding calories.
A recent study demonstrated that people who used Stevia ate 300 calories less per day than those who ate sugar while feeling equally full.
Add half a leaf to any smoothie you think needs sugar, especially to the bitter ones. It will neutralize the bitterness, much as sugar neutralizes the bitterness of coffee.
- Green Tea
You may think of it as a beverage rather than a green vegetable, but with its green leaves, a vegetable is precisely what it is.
The main ingredient in Green Tea, called EGCG, has the most research behind it of all the fat burners.
It promotes the breakdown of fat into energy and it blocks the creation of new fat cells. Moreover, it tackles other weight gain mechanisms by improving good cholesterol and combatting diabetes.
As a result, this is one of the best liquids you can use as a liquid base for your smoothies, and it goes along great with stevia for an extra sweet smoothie.
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