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Healthy Diet Shakes


Tips and recipes for making great healthy diet shakes the whole family can enjoy all year round. Diet shakes are particularly useful for jump starting weight loss.

Tips and recipes for making great healthy diet shakes or fruit smoothies the whole family can enjoy.

Diet shakes are particularly useful for jump starting weight loss - most health experts recommend limiting weight loss to no more than about 2 pounds per week. Many people drink shakes for the bulk of their meals for around three months and then to maintain their weight loss they will substitute a meal replacement shake for one meal on most days.

Tips to Making Good Diet Shakes

Use skim milk - or a milk that contains about 80 calories per cup. In addition, be sure that you are using only 1 cup (8 ounces) per shake because calories do add up.

Feel free to add no-calorie sweetener, such as Splenda if more sweetness is desired.

Try and make your smoothies or diet shake average 26 - 28 calories per ounce. An 8 ounce smoothie = a meal replacement drink and a 12 ounce = a meal-replacement shake.

Simply toss all the ingredients into a blender and blend until thick and smooth - about 30 seconds or less. Add a bit of crushed ice to the mix if you desire a thicker, colder concoction.

Adding about 1/2 teaspoon of toasted wheat germ to your shake will increase nutritional values for minimal calories - about 25 calories.

Healthy Fruit Drink
1 apple
1 banana
1-2 oranges
handful of strawberries or blueberries
fresh peach (optional)
Put all in a blender and press the button.

Special Shake
Put your favorite fruit, ice(sorbet, frozen fruit juice), protein powder, carob powder, etc.. in a blender and you have a great, nutritious shake.

Healthy Jello Mix
1package of any flavor Jello sugarfree/fatfree pudding mix
1 cup of skim milk or 1% milk (makes shake thicker)
1/2 to 1cup of crushed ice

Fruit Smoothie Recipe
1frozen banana peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup any other kind of fruit( I like strawberries, pears, pineapple, peaches- fresh,canned or frozen)
3/4 to 1 cup of juice ( again your choice: apple, orange, grapefruit, or the juice from canned fruit)
1 tablespoon of powdered milk
Sugar or honey to taste

Diet Banana Chocolate Milkshake
1 cup skim milk
2 tbsp hershey's cocoa
1 granulated sugar substitute equal t, o 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium ripe banana, sliced
8 large ice cubes

The Nutcracker
1 cup of skim milk (8 ounces, 80 calories)
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
1-2 teaspoons of no calorie sugar
dash of ground cinnamon
shot of vanilla extract OR chocolate extract

Shaker's Delight
1 cup of skim milk (8 ounces, 80 calories)
1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
shot of vanilla extract

Yummy Banana Shake
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat frounceen yogurt
1 small ripe banana, peeled
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

The Tin Man
1 cup of skim milk (8 ounces, 80 calories)
1/3 cup of frozen blueberries
dash of vanilla extract

The Red Riding Hood
1 cup of skim milk (8 ounces, 80 calories)
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
shot of vanilla extract

Carribean Fruit Shake
1 banana, ripe
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp grenadine syrup, optional ice cubes

Comfort & Joy
1 cup of skim milk (8 ounces, 80 calories)
1/3 of a frozen banana (freeze in the skin early in the evening)
shot of rum extract
dash of ground nutmeg

The Incredible Shake
1 cup of skim milk (8 ounces, 80 calories)
1/2 cup of frozen peaches
dash of vanilla extract

Cappuccino Shake
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat frounceen yogurt
1 small ripe banana, peeled
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Shake Those Saddlebags
1 cup of skim milk (8 ounces, 80 calories)
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
dash of pineapple extract

You may also be interested in our article on Meal Replacement and Protein Diet Shakes



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