Recipe Box: 3 Summer Slim-Down Shakes

Hey LC.com readers, it’s the ladies at the Skinny-Fat Girl Diary again, and we can’t believe how time flies! It’s already summer, which has us running all the time! Like seriously running… and biking, hiking, and yoga-ing (you name it, we’ve done it). And who could blame us? We all want to feel confident and healthy in this season’s attire! And before we bare all at the beach, we wanted to put together a food plan to prepare for the shorts, crop tops and bathing suits ahead. Sadly, working out isn’t always enough. Your figure is also a reflection of what you eat. And unfortunately, carrot cake has never paired well with a two-piece…

Most food plans scare the bejeezus out of us! They have charts and long lists of what not to eat. And nothing seems more tempting to a gal than something with “no” or “off limits” attached to it. Tell us we can’t have something sweet, and guaranteed us three SFGs would scarf down a pint of ice cream quicker than you could say “Ben & Jerry.” So in the spirit of eating healthy and limitation free… we decided to focus on creating balanced meals that are delicious too.

So let’s keep it simple and address one thing at a time. We’ll start with breakfast, the most important meal of the day. If you start off eating well, you’ll mostly likely not many people have the time to cook a well-balanced breakfast and then actually sit down and eat it. So we thought why cook, when you can blend? And blend we did…Until we came up with these bathing-suit friendly shakes. They are packed with fiber, protein and spices to get your metabolism going! Just in time too because we’re obsessed with our L*Space bathing suits! Cover-ups are going to be a thing of the past!

Recipe Box: 3 Summer Slim-Down Shakes

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Let’s start with our favorite…

Blueberry Avocado Slim-Down Shake

Recipe Box: 3 Summer Slim-Down Shakes

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 heaping handfuls of spinach
  • 1 scoop of vanilla vegan protein powder
  • 1 scoop of greens
  • 1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp cayenne

Do you know how important it is to consume greens in the morning? If not, allow us to enlighten you… Greens not only provide the crucial nutrients and antioxidants that keep us radiant and fit, but also provide fiber—the crucial weapon against unnecessary binging. The more fiber, the longer you stay full.

Next up…

Berry Goodness Smoothie

Recipe Box: 3 Summer Slim-Down Shakes

Ingredients:

  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 scoop of vanilla vegan protein powder
  • 1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop of chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 5 cups ice

Let this concoction lift you away to the Bahamas for a three-night stay… or a five minute oasis, as you sip away unnerved by the traffic jam on your way to work. Not only does the smoothie taste as good as it sounds, but it also provides the boost in energy and crucial nutritional ingredients to keep you going all morning long.

Finally…

Sweet N’ Spicy Shake

Recipe Box: 3 Summer Slim-Down Shakes

Ingredients:

  • ½ papaya
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp cayenne
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 mint leaves

Need a break from greens? Well try this sweet and spicy concoction. Add the papaya and ice in the blender along with 1 cup of water, squeeze the lemon, add the mint leaves and cayenne. Blend until smooth. Papaya is a fat burning fruit. Throw in some cayenne and your metabolism will be burning hot.

Recipe Box: 3 Summer Slim-Down Shakes

Which recipe do you want to try this morning?

Let us know! And enjoy!

XO,
Skinny-Fat Girl Diary

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  • John Parson

    I have been putting cayenne on my food for 30 years and there is no way I would put 2 tablespoons of it on anything or in anythings. That might be enough for a couple of gallons of chili. About and 8th of a teaspoon is enough for any food or drink.

  • KCarter

    Good