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2 Healthy Smoothie Ingredients To Add Flavor And Fill You Up

Healthy Smoothie Tips And Hacks

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 2 healthy smoothie ingredients to add flavor and fill you up.

Adding soaked chia seeds is one way to give your smoothie a really thick consistency.

To me, this makes my smoothie feel more like food, rather than just a drink, thus making me feel fuller after consuming it.

Here’s a little tip.

#1. Thicken Your Smoothie With Soaked Chia Seeds

Before adding the chia seeds to your smoothie, it’s important to soak your chia seeds.

How To Soak Chia Seeds:

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to a jar with half a cup of water.
  2. Add a cover to the jar, and shake it up.
  3. Set it aside for 10 minutes, then stir it up again. You should see a noticeable difference in the thickness from just soaking in the water.
  4. If necessary, wait 10 more minutes, then stir, to ensure all the chia seeds soak up the water.
  5. Add the soaked chia seeds to your smoothie and blend.
  6. Pour the smoothie back into the jar to save on cleaning dishes, and enjoy.

The chia seeds will expand, as it pulls in the water, thus adding so much thickness compared to a regular juice smoothie.

The chia seeds also increase the satiability, thus making you feel full after drinking your smoothie.

This is important, because you need to feel full, so you don’t keep eating.

Nutrition Facts: 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

  • Calories: 60
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
    • Fiber: 5g
  • Fat: 3g

This is a good nutrient packed, low calorie way good to add more filling to your smoothies.

It’s that simple.

If you’re all about your health, use chia seeds.

They’re healthy and delicious.

Hopefully you enjoyed this little Live Lean tip.

#2. Use Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice And Zest

Here’s another healthy smoothie tip.

If you want to add orange juice to your smoothies for flavor, rather than using pasteurized orange juice from a carton, take an orange and squeeze out the juice.

Pasteurized orange juice has been heated, which kills some of the nutrients.

By using freshly squeezed orange juice in your smoothie, all of the nutrients are still intact, since you’re not heating it.

This is a healthier way to add orange juice to your smoothie.

Lastly, before you squeeze out the orange juice, you can also use a grater to grind off a tablespoon of zest from the orange peel, then throw the zest into your smoothie.

This is a simple, zero calorie way to add even more flavor to your smoothie.

It’s beautiful, tasty, and delicious.

Using a half or one whole orange is a really good way to control your portion size.

If you’re using a carton of orange juice, and you have a heavy pour, your calories can really get out of hand quickly.

Use Smoothie Ingredients That Work For Your Goals

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If you’re looking for weight loss, rather than using all orange juice, use 1/2 cup of water combined with squeezed juice from 1/2 of an orange, and orange zest, in your smoothies, to add flavor, while keeping it lower calorie.

If your goal is weight gain or you’re not looking to lose weight, you can also add the following higher calorie liquids to your smoothies:

Don’t forget, whenever you’re preparing your own foods, it always depends on your goals.

Therefore, don’t do exactly what we do, because maybe our goals are different than your goals.

It’s important that you do what’s right for you.

We’re out.

See you later.


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  • What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
  • Share your best tip to make delicious smoothies with the rest of the Live Lean Nation.

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