Healthy Drink Recipes To Fight Off Those Holiday Pounds

Between downing pint after pint and scarfing down large portions of turkey and pumpkin pie, the holidays can make you attract those unwanted calories pretty fast. The daily recommended intake for the average adult is between 2000 and 2,500 calories while the daily recommended fat intake is less than 70 grams.1 2With the average holiday dinner containing about 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat, you’re literally consuming more than twice the daily number of calories and three times daily recommended fat intake each time you’re at the dinner table.3Come January, you’ll find yourself battling weight loss; definitely not a note you want to start the new year on.

Luckily, there are ways to watch your weight without isolating yourself from the festivities. For starters, try substituting your regular calorie-dense holiday drinks with these healthier options

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that will support your weight loss needs. The best part? They’re infused with ingredients that reek of that classic “holiday” essence – which easily makes them a class apart from those “boring and blah” health drinks that you feel duty-bound to drink.

1. Cinnamon-Apple Smoothie

The insulin-regulating properties of cinnamon combined with the fiber in apples is helpful for weight loss.

If there’s one thing that’s synonymous with the holidays, it’s cinnamon. Fortunately, this is also a spice that helps prevent you from putting on weight.

Cinnamon helps your body produce and regulate insulin, the main hormone that’s responsible for stabilizing blood sugar and keeping our appetites steady.4 It also fights off insulin resistance and boosts your immunity which can have a huge positive impact on not

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just your weight, but also on your overall health.5

Apples, on the other hand, are full of fiber, that take a long time for your stomach to digest. This means they promote the slow release of insulin into the bloodstream and keep your stomach full for longer – two factors that are responsible for preventing hunger cravings and unhealthy snacking.6 Plus, the cholesterol-lowering phenolic compounds in apples also go a long way in fighting off weight gain.7

The almonds and bananas will give you a boost of much-needed vitamins

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and nutrients, while the Greek yogurt will give you a healthy shot of protein.

This recipe will take up no more than five minutes of your time, and will go a long way in keeping you full until lunch!

Ingredients:

  • Raw almonds: 5
  • Red apple: 1
  • Banana: 1
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt: 3/4th cup
  • Nonfat milk: 1/2 cup
  • Cinnamon: 1/4th teaspoon

Method:

  • Chop up the almonds, banana, and apple into pieces (the size will depend on how powerful your blender is).
  • Dump all your ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend on medium high for about 30 seconds until you achieve a smoothie-like consistency.

2. Healthy Peppermint Mocha

The appetite-suppressing properties of mint and the caffeine in coffee can be useful in fighting weight gain.

Holiday recipes are nothing without peppermint. And a little bit of mintiness is always helpful when you’re trying to watch your weight.

Mint is known to be a natural appetite suppressant thanks to its distinct strong scent. It also keeps your digestion process smooth and healthy to optimize nutrient intake and the calorie-burning process.8

Meanwhile, the caffeine contained in coffee can further help speed up your metabolism rate.9 This means an increase in the overall fat-burning process of your body, resulting in faster conversion into energy and fewer chances of unwanted flab.10

Sold? Here’s the recipe you need to follow.

Ingredients:

  • Coffee: 2 cups
  • Dried, nonfat milk: 3 tablespoons
  • Dark cocoa powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Peppermint essence: 10 drops (or less, depending on how strong of a flavor you want)

Method:

  • First, brew yourself 2 cups of coffee.
  • Now add the coffee to your blender along with the rest of your ingredients.
  • Blend on medium-high until you
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    achieve a smooth consistency.

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