Just before Thanksgiving, wellness and nutrition experts on the morning news programs were warning viewers to beware of the 7 additional pounds of weight they would gain between Thanksgiving and the start of the New Year.
Cookies and candies that appear just once a year, holiday parties with rich foods, thick hot drinks and cold cocktails and punch, along with extra stress and often less sleep, all combine to make this eating season a hotbed for weight gain.
I decided I didn’t want to be one of the average Americans who find their waistline a bit larger when 2011 comes around.
My ammunition for holding back those extra 7 pounds? A morning smoothie.
I have the same protein and fruit smoothie just about every morning. Unsweetened juice gets the concoction started. I use either cranberry or pomegranate. Then, I cut up a whole organic lemon, skin and all, into large chunks and toss that into the juice in the blender. Ground flax seeds join a big scoop of Tera’s Whey protein powder. My favorite protein powder of the several offerings from this Wisconsin-based company is the organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla whey protein powder. Finally, I toss in some frozen organic strawberries and blueberries. Whirl it all together and drink up. I feel full and satisfied for hours after gulping down the big smoothie.
In the evenings when I start craving a bowl of popcorn, one of my favorite winter snacks, I pop some up. Rather than dousing the popped corn with melted butter, I use lime olive oil that I purchase from Vinaigrette in Minneapolis. Lime olive oil, drizzled over the popcorn, then sprinkled with hot cayenne pepper is a more healthful route to go. I feel full and quite satisfied after that snack with no desire to grab holiday cookies or candy.
So far my tactics are working. There are still a few more holiday celebrations to get through and lots of tempting foods to nibble and taste rather than gobble.
If I have a holiday party to attend in the evening, I have my smoothie later in the day so that I’m still feeling satisfied when I face the food and drink. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps, too.
This is not just a holiday time smoothie for me. I drink this breakfast in a glass all year long.
But, this time of year, I make sure I never run out of the ingredients. Seven pounds? No thank you.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate or cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 organic lemon, washed
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds, ground
- 4 frozen organic strawberries
- 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
Put all ingredients in blender in order they are listed. Blend until smooth. Makes one breakfast serving.
Tip from the cook
- I have an electric coffee grinder that I use only for grinding flax seeds and dried herbs and spices.