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June 22, 2012
5 Delicious Smoothie Recipes To Mobilize Belly Fat


Quick and easy to prepare, these smoothie recipes not only contain a variety of refreshing fruits, they pack monounsaturated fatty acids and probiotics --two ingredients that help mobilize belly fat. The addition of chia seeds helps you feel full for at least an hour, not to mention adding valuable blood sugar benefits. These filling, creamy smoothies are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a Flat Belly snack and each recipe is less than 400 calories per serving.


Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains. Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins and lipids. For this reason, a complex and highly variable community of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts can be found in these grains. Always purchase organic kefir.

Chia seeds are a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of “short-chain” omega-3 fatty acid, whereas fish is a source of the “long-chain” fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). While growing research has linked consumption of EPA and DHA to heart health, improved brain function and possible other health benefits such as improvement in depression or rheumatoid arthritis, studies are now suggesting that ALA may bring about redistribution associated with heart and liver protection.

1. Mango Smoothie Surprise


SERVINGS:
1
1/4 cup mango cubes
1/4 cup mashed ripe avocado
1/4 cup mango juice
1/4 cup plain organic kefir
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp chia seeds
6 ice cubes

Combine
the mango, avocado, mango juice, kefir, lime juice, seeds, and ice cubes in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with sliced mango or strawberry, if desired, and serve.


2. Blueberry Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1
1 cup nut milk
1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries
1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil
1 Tbsp chia seeds

Place milk, seeds, and frozen unsweetened blueberries in blender and blend for 1 minute. Transfer to glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.


3. Cashew Nut Butter and Banana Smoothie


SERVINGS:
1
1/2 cup nut milk
1/2 cup plain organic kefir
2 Tbsp creamy natural unsalted cashew nut butter
1/4 very ripe banana
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp chia seeds
4 ice cubes

Combine
the milk, kefir, cashew nut butter, banana, honey, seeds, and ice cubes in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve.


4. Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie


SERVINGS: 1

1/2 cup nut milk
6 oz plain organic kefir
1/4 cup organic chocolate chips
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Handful of ice OR 1 cup frozen raspberries

Combine milk, kefir, chocolate chips, seeds, and fresh raspberries plus ice OR frozen raspberries in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, and eat with a spoon.


5. Lemon-Orange Citrus Smoothie


SERVINGS:
1
1 cup nut milk
6 oz plain organic kefir
1 medium orange peeled, cleaned, and sliced into sections
1/2 lemon peeled, cleaned and sliced into sections
1 Tbsp flaxseed oil
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Handful of ice

Combine
milk, kefir, lemon, orange, seeds, and ice in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.


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