Thursday, March 07, 2019

5 Happy Healthy Smoothies for Breakfast
Mornings are hard. Add declining temperatures and busier lifestyles into the equation and we barely have the energy to brush our hair, let alone think about preparing a healthy breakfast. When you have little time, energy and motivation, preparing a smoothie is a great way to save precious time amid the morning chaos.

Happy Healthy Smoothies for Breakfast


Read on to see 5 of our favorite healthy smoothies recipes to see which one is right for you:

1. You need to eat more vegetables


Add kale, spinach, chard, cabbage, cucumber, or a teaspoon of greens powder to your smoothie to increase your vegetable count for the day (and before 9 a.m., at a minimum). This green pear smoothie has a handful of spinach that is not only good for the digestive tract, but spinach has also been shown to help relaxation. Buy it in bulk and store it in the freezer for a cost effective addition to any recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup packed kale leaves
  • 1 green apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water

2. You're starving an hour after starting work.


We are great advocates of eating fruits and vegetables, but without protein your hunger will only be satisfied for so long. Whey protein has been shown to keep insulin levels under control and whether you opt for a vegan version, or a dairy-free version, there are a number of powders on the market that contain a big hit of protein without the unwanted calories. Find out how to make your perfect protein-rich smoothie here.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 of a cup of strawberries
  • 1/3 of a cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 a cup of kale leaves (remove the hard parts of the stalks)
  • 1/4 of a cup of almond milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon of whey protein (or your favorite protein powder)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of acai

3. Need a Brain Stimulus


Whether you're dazed in the morning or need to turn on for an early morning meeting, blueberries have been shown to improve cognitive function. Rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, smoothies made with berries (raspberries and strawberries also apply here!) Can make you look and feel younger too! This cranberry smoothie is combined with nuts that contain essential fatty acids to help you forget less and stay alert all day long.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raw old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 4 ice cubes

4. You're on a low-calorie diet


With less than 150 calories per serving, our test kitchen is perfect if you're trying to lose weight. Rich in calcium and protein (thanks to yogurt) this smoothie also works to aid digestion thanks to the known digestive enzymes of papaya. Avoid store-bought versions of this smoothie that can have more than 500 calories per serving!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Coconut Water
  • 1 cup papaya fresh
  • 1/2 cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 banana frozen
  • 1/2 cup ice

5. Want to be more alkaline


If you are lethargic, in a bad mood, in poor health, or with a sense of toxicity, your body may be in an acid state. Our body's healthy pH (hydrogen potential) level is seven, so any higher or lower level will have important effects on the body and health. Eating breakfast every day is one of the main recommendations when it comes to rebalancing your body's pH, and this alkalinizing smoothie is the perfect combination. Filled with fruits and vegetables, this recipe will help counteract the effects of stress, alcohol consumption and bad sleep habits that often lead to high acid levels.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup raw almond milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A few leaves of kale
  • A few mint leaves
  • A few cucumber slices
  • Pinch of cinnamon
Happy Healthy Smoothies for Breakfast



What's your favorite smoothie recipe? Share it with us below.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Example of Keto Diet Menu for Beginners
This article is for people who have doubts about what a ketogenic diet menu would look like.

Keep in mind that every body is different, and that once you lose weight you must adjust your diet to your new needs and goals.

Example of Keto Diet Menu for Beginners


Remember to keep your macronutrients at 70% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbohydrates. If you do a lot of sport you can raise a little carbohydrates (but remember that you will not lose so much weight if you increase more than 10% the percentage of carbohydrates).

How to calculate macronutrients in the ketogenic diet


Macronutrients are the amount of grams of fat, protein, and carbohydrates you should eat in a day. Use ketogenic diet calculator to calculate the macronutrients you eat in a day.

How many calories do you take in daily?


To define how many calories you occupy from carbohydrates first you need to know how many calories you occupy daily, use this calculator to know your daily calorie requirement: Click Here

For example, if I weigh 65 kg and have moderate activity, I would occupy 2528 calories per day.

How do you know how much 5% carbohydrates are?


For simplicity you can use ketogenic diet calculator.

Below is the explanation:

To lose weight you can only eat 5% carbohydrates.

1 gram of carbohydrates is 4 calories.

Take out 5% of your daily calorie requirement, then divide that by 4, and that's how many grams of carbohydrates you can eat a day.

Example: In a daily requirement of 2000 calories 5% would be 100 calories. 100 calories / 4 = 25 grams of carbohydrates per day.

For example, if you ate 100 grams of broccoli, that's 5.2 grams, which means you could eat 500 grams of broccoli a day.

A simple way to reach the high percentages of good fat that is involved in this diet and especially avoid constipation is to eat almonds. 1 cup of almonds has 45 grams of fat and 11 grams of fiber.

Ketogenic Diet Menu Example


Breakfast

spinach bacon omelette keto breakfast
Spinach Bacon Omelette


If you're going to eat carbohydrates, some people prefer to do it for breakfast. Remember not to eat fruits at breakfast because of the high amount of carbohydrates.

Option 1: Bacon Eggs

Option 2: Spinach Omelet with Sausage

Option 3: Protein shake mixed with two tablespoons of Coconut Oil.

Add 10 to 30 almonds to meet the fat goal and avoid constipation, depending on your weight.

Lunch

Creamed Spinach with ground beef Keto lunch
Creamed Spinach with ground beef


For the Lunch try to make it easy and fast. Accompany it with a spinach salad, as spinach has a lot of fiber, more than lettuce.

Option 1: Chicken breast salad with spinach and bacon. (Add 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Option 2: Meat with spinach and green sauce.

Option 3: Tilapia fish with garlic mojo, spinach and butter.

Dinner

Cajun salmon with avocado salsa keto dinner
Cajun salmon with avocado salsa


Option 1: Tuna with jalapeños (The jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper), mixed with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, with onion and lemon.

Option 2: Tilapia fish with green sauce and broccoli (4 tablespoons of dressing can be added to the vinaigrette or 2 tablespoons of olive oil).

Option 3: Italian sausage with green sauce

Desserts

Cucumber with chili powder keto dessert


Cucumber with chili powder

The most important thing to follow the ketogenic diet is to make it easy, simple and delicious.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What You Should Eat before and After Workout To Lose Weight
If you want to make your exercise routine even more effective at burning fat and losing weight, take note of the pre-workout and post-workout foods that help you lose weight in a healthy way.

What You Should Eat before and After Workout To Lose Weight


Even if your goal is to lose weight, experts agree that intense exercise on an empty stomach is not a good idea. Playing sports involves an extra expense of energy for our body. If you don't have enough, you'll probably train for less time and end up with fatigue or starvation (encouraging you to overeat after exercise). This situation is not ideal for achieving the goal of weight loss and may also cause damage to your muscles that may have had to rely on their glycogen stores to maintain activity.

It is also not about overeating by eating more calories than you burn by exercising, because then you simply wouldn't lose a single gram. When choosing what to eat before and after weight loss workout, consider the type of activity you are going to do, its intensity, your own physical needs and also the time between eating the food and getting going.

If you want to know what to eat before and after exercising, you should of course not eat the same thing if you are training within 15 minutes of lunch as if you plan to eat it three hours after lunch. A good balance between carbohydrates, fast and slow absorption, and protein depends largely on the effectiveness of training in terms of weight loss.

What foods help you lose weight before and after exercise?


As a general rule, before training, carbohydrates take centre stage. Your body needs energetic but low-fat foods for exercise. A piece of fruit, for example a banana, a juice, or a snack in the form of a wholemeal toast with jam or yogurt with some oatmeal flakes are three good suggestions of foods that you can eat before training and that you take 20 or 30 minutes before carrying out an intense routine.

If we talk about a longer period of time between food and training, slow absorption carbohydrates come into play, those that will provide energy as the body demands it. A plate of pasta or rice and some high glycemic index fruit, such as melon or watermelon, can be the basis of an ideal menu for someone who plans to practice sports in the following hours. In this case, protein should also be present in the food you eat, especially if your training involves resistance (swimming, running, etc.) or intense muscle work (gym weights).

If you want to lose weight, include lean meats or fish in your meal and if you prefer to have just one snack, try a brown rice cake, on which you can put some slices of turkey breast or a portion of tortilla (French).

What to eat after workout to avoid weight gain?

After training hard, you'll want to know what foods to eat after training so you don't get fat, and which are recommended to keep your body burning calories while recovering from the effort. The first step is to achieve correct hydration so that the body replenishes the water and lost electrolytes. For some sportsmen and women, there is nothing better than a good glass of milk 15 - 20 minutes after the practice of their activity (you can also choose isotonic drinks). If you also notice that you need to "recharge" energy, always use "slow" carbohydrates.

The cereal bars give excellent results in order not to get fat after exercising. After a reasonable amount of time, it's time to provide the protein needed for muscle recovery and also the minerals, vitamins and fiber your body needs: salads, boiled vegetables, fish rich in omega-3s and lean meats can be ideal for a dinner around the gym. Watch what you eat before and after training if you want to lose weight, because it's important.

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What You Should Eat before and After Workout To Lose Weight
 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Meal Schedule, Muscle Development and Sports Performance
Nutrition is still full of myths. But sports training is not an understatement either. So you can imagine what happens when we unite both spheres and talk about sports nutrition: a jumble of beliefs and legends.

Meal Schedule, Bodybuilding and Sports Performance


A few weeks ago, the International Society of Sports Nutrition published its position on a popular topic of sports nutrition, the influence on sports performance and muscle development of the timing and composition of meals and their synchronization with exercise (nutrient timing). The document is entitled "International society of sports nutrition position stand: nutrient timing (2017)" and for those who prefer a shortened version, these are its conclusions translated into Spanish:

1. Endogenous glycogen reserves are maximized by following a high-carbohydrate diet (8-12 g of carbohydrate per kg body weight per day); these reserves are depleted primarily by high exercise volume.

  • If rapid glycogen recharge (<4 hours) is required, the following strategies should be considered:
  • Carbohydrate intake (1.2 g / kg / h) with preference for sources with high glycaemic index (> 70)
  • Adding caffeine (3-8 mg/kg)
  • Combine carbohydrates (0.8 g / kg / h) with protein (0.2-0.4 g / kg / h).

3. Prolonged (> 60 min) high intensity (> 70% VO2max) exercise challenges energy supply and fluid regulation, so carbohydrates should be consumed at a rate of ~ 30-60 g of carbohydrate / h at 6-8% (180-360 ml) every 10-15 min throughout the exercise, particularly in those exercise sessions that go beyond 70 min. When carbohydrate supply is inadequate, the addition of protein can help increase performance, improve muscle damage, promote euglycemia and facilitate glycogen re-synthesis.

4. Carbohydrate intake throughout strength exercise (e.g., 3-6 series of 8-12 maximum repetitions using multiple exercises targeting all major muscle groups) has been shown to promote euglycemia and increase glycogen stores. Consuming carbohydrates alone or in combination with protein during strength exercise increases muscle glycogen stores, improves muscle damage and facilitates greater training adaptations, both short and long term.

5. Achieving total daily protein intake should be considered important, preferably with evenly spaced feeding (approximately every 3-4 hours during the day), .

6.Ingestion of essential amino acids (EAA, approximately 10 g), either in free form or as part of a protein bolus of approximately 20-40 g, has been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis (MPS).

7. Pre- and post-exercise nutritional interventions (carbohydrates + protein or protein alone) can work as an effective strategy to support increased strength and improved body composition. However, the size and timing of a preexercise meal can affect the need for protein feeding after exercise.

8. Post-exercise (up to 2 hours after completion) intake of high-quality protein sources stimulates muscle protein synthesis (MPS).

9. In a scenario without exercise, changing the frequency of meals has shown little impact on weight loss and body composition, and there is some evidence that the frequency of meals can favorably improve appetite and satiety. More research is needed to determine the influence of combining an exercise programme with changes in meal frequency on weight loss and body composition; preliminary research indicates potential benefit

10. Intake of a 20-40 g protein dose (0.25-0.40 g/kg body mass/dose) from a high-quality source every three to four hours appears to affect the rate of muscle protein synthesis more favourably than other dietary patterns and is associated with better body composition and performance results.

11. Consuming casein (~ 30-40 g) before sleep can increase muscle synthesis and metabolic rate throughout the night without influencing lipolysis.

The document is freely accessible, so if you are interested in the subject, I encourage you to read it in its entirety.

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On the other hand, I would remind you that you do not need to spend money on supplements, shakes and pills to comply with these recommendations, you can also follow them (I would say even healthier) by simply planning your diet properly.

In addition, these are conclusions on which experts have found evidence of some strength, so I would forget any other statements or advice we may have heard regarding meal times, sports performance and bodybuilding. They probably don't have enough evidence behind it.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Avocado, An Exceptional Food That Does Not Make You Fat
When designing a weight loss diet, very fatty (and therefore calorie) foods are usually on the unwanted list or at least on the "eat in great moderation" list. After all, a lot of fat means a lot of calories. But we have already seen in several articles that this reasoning is not always correct. For example, we saw that the studies have not been able to find a correlation between nuts and overweight, since there are other factors in their composition that end up compensating in a favorable way for their energy intake.

Avocado, An Exceptional Food That Does Not Make You Fat


Avocado is another of these atypical foods. In several ways. First of all because it is one of the few fruits in whose nutritional composition the main macronutrient is fat, instead of the usual carbohydrates, which gives it a high energy density of almost 700 kJ (160 kilocalories) per hundred grams. Most of it is monounsaturated fat, so its effect on health is beyond suspicion and the exceptional amount of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and fibre it also provides is well known. But the truth is that, despite the praise that comes with it, it is also often recommended to eat in moderation in weight loss processes, because of the commented calories that accompany it.

Since to date there was not much meaningful evidence on its relationship to obesity, little could be added to this, but fortunately, that evidence is beginning to emerge. The study "Avocado consumption is associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake, and lower metabolic syndrome risk in US adults: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001--2008" has just been published. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has analysed the relationship between various indicators and this tasty fruit by observing more than 17,000 people over eight years.

With all the precautions that must be taken in a single observational study, the results are clearly positive. They indicate that people who eat more avocado have a better diet, more nutrients, less risk of metabolic syndrome and less weight. Yes, less weight, despite all its calories.

Regarding possible intervention trials, the only one I have found is "A randomized 3×3 crossover study to evaluate the effect of Hass avocado intake on post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin levels, and subsequent energy intake in overweight adults" (2013), a small study in which the effect of adding half an avocado to the diet was analysed. The researchers found that their intake increased satisfaction and satiety and reduced the insulinemic response after mealtime. In addition, the final calorie balance was not negatively affected, i.e. no more calories were ingested when eating ad-libitum.

So you know, for the moment you can incorporate it into your meals without fear. If you spend a little time searching for recipes online, you'll be amazed at how many delicious ways you can take them.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Super Smoothies For The Immune System
The flu is spreading throughout Europe and we all hope to be spared. For all those who have already done it or want to prevent it, here are a few smoothie recipes with a bunch of good, strengthening ingredients. Cheers!

Super Smoothies For The Immune System


Smoothies are not only healthy, they are also super tasty, quite easy to mix yourself and on top of that they are visually quite something. Here are our 3 favorite recipes and a few tips on how to jump on this healthy super trend.


Green Smoothie


Green Power

2x handful of fresh spinach
1x approx. 10cm of fresh cucumber in small cubes
1x fresh green, juicy apple in narrow slices
1x small mint branch
(optional) 4x ice cubes, if your machine can mix them



Strengthening Detox-Smoothie


Strengthening Detox-Smoothie

1x peel juicy orange and use it completely (do not squeeze)
½ Juice lemon
½ Banana
1x cup of light green tea (should not have pulled longer than 3 minutes)
100ml almond milk



Summery Stimulant Smoothie


Summery Stimulant Smoothie

1x handful of blueberries
4x medium strawberries
2x handful of watermelon cubes
½ Mango


And here are a few quick tips:

A visit to the weekly market just before the stands are dismantled can not only be spontaneous inspiration for the next smoothie, but also saves your wallet.

If you suddenly land at home with 4 bunches of bananas, 5 avocado and 3 boxes of blueberries (from experience: Yes, it happens), then now comes the super trick: wash fruit, if necessary dice it and divide it into glass-compatible, tasty combined portions. These portions can then be individually frozen and defrosted if necessary. For example, you can save time in the morning, ensure a healthy, tasty breakfast, while the freezing condition makes the smoothie even creamier.

RELATED: Healthy Smoothies for Weight Loss


So and now: off to the market and then merry pureeing. Have fun!