Friday, September 5, 2014

Shake It Up

Let’s shake things up! Cal Coast Fitness wants to shed a little light on the benefits of all natural shakes. Ideally, it’s best to make these shakes at home to ensure the low calories with high rewards.

Shake Benefits
Many people don’t eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Making a fruit shake is an easy way to increase your produce consumption. Unlike fruit juice, shakes also provide fiber, because you use the whole edible portion of the fruit. Cal Coast won’t go into detail as to why fiber is good for you. Just know your insides will be much happier once it’s a consistent part of your diet.

Sugar Situation
Many store-bought or restaurant shakes contain added sugar, which increases the calories without increasing the nutrients. TThe American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to no more than 24 grams per day for women and no more than 36 grams per day for men. Making your own smoothie allows you to reduce or eliminate added sugars in your drink to make it healthier.

Nutritious Ingredients
Don’t limit yourself to fruit when you make your shake. Add veggies, such as carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, greens or beets, to increase the nutrients in your shake without adding many calories. Include a source of healthy fat, such as nuts, nut butter, avocado, flax or chia seeds. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu or milk can increase the protein content of your shake and make it more filling.

Want a sweet treat to cool the summer heat? Try this shake!

The Mint Shake
3/4 cup of nonfat Greet yogurt
1/4 cup fresh mint (ahhhh, so refreshing)
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (um yuuuummmm)
1 cup baby spinach (Popeye’s favorite)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 cups ice

Blend ingredients together until smooth and get your shake on!

Tell us how you liked it in the comments below!

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