Need to curb your cravings without ruining your whole diet? How would you like something refreshing after hours at the gym, or a long day of work? Try some fat-conscious drinks – sure to give you a quick pick-me-up while keeping calories low. In addition to being healthy and nutritious, these six drinks are comprised of smart foods proven to help you stay full longer and burn fat faster.
Orange Pomegranate Green Tea
This cool tropical drink comes close to your favorite beach-themed cocktail, but without the calories. You also get the metabolism-boosting benefits of green tea as an added bonus.
- 1/3 Cup green tea with no added sweeteners
- 1/2 Cup orange juice
- 1/2 Cup pomegranate juice
- 1 Lemon wedge
- 1 Orange slice, garnish
Add chilled green tea and pomegranate juice to a tall glass. Pour in orange juice, leaving a bit of room for a couple ice cubes, but do not stir. This makes a pretty, sunset effect right in your glass. Then add lemon, and garnish the rim of your glass with an orange slice.
Red, White, and Blueberry Lemonade
The flags of more than thirty nations carry this tricolored motif. A great alternative to sugary-boxed lemonade, this patriotic beverage only has 47 calories while still appealing to your sweet tooth. The blueberries and strawberries used carry antioxidants, and anthocyanins, while apples are a great source of fiber. Kick-start any weight loss program by sipping on this.
- 1 Can frozen white grape juice concentrate
- 1 Gallon water
- 1 Cup lemon juice
- 2 Apples, sliced
- 1 Pint strawberries, stems removed and halved
- 1 Pint blueberries, washed
Pour all liquids into a pitcher, and add fruit. For a little extra flare, use cookie cutters or stencils to cut your apple halves into stars, flowers, or hearts. Serve over ice, with a ladle, in order to get all the fruit into cups.
Lemon Lime Twist
Accelerate your workout by drinking the lemon lime twist. Not only is this citrus drink calorie efficient, it is also a great energizer. Both lemon and lime are known metabolism boosters, and the cucumber, mint, and ginger help to rein in an appetite dramatically. The ginger also assists in managing the nausea and soreness from a gym workout.
- 2 Quarts water
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Tablespoon grated Fresh Ginger
- 1 Lime
- Fresh Mint (about 10-15 leaves)
Slice the lemon, cucumber, and lime each in half. Combine with the water in a pitcher or bowl. Include the peels. Grate the ginger and stir into the water. Let sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours to let the flavors meld, and there you have it. Drink every day for best results.
Blending a watermelon is a great way to get a ton of fiber in your diet, as well as a big kick of flavor, while keeping calories low. Since there is practically no fat in watermelon, relatively little sugar, and large amounts of filling fiber, adding plenty of delicious watermelon to your diet is an excellent way to reduce cravings and help you get fit.
- 2 Quarts water
- 1 Small watermelon
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
After removing the rind from the watermelon, chop it into rough cubes that will fit into your blender. Add the water and lemon juice and blend until smooth. While some people prefer to filter the pulp, leaving it in will ensure that you get plenty of the insoluble fiber that you need to stay full and healthy. Frozen melon can also be used to produce a great guilt-free summer drink.
This health spa favorite is quick and easy to prepare at home, incredibly refreshing and can help you drop pounds and inches. While cucumber slices do not contain any fat-loss miracle ingredients, they do help make a glass of water a more enjoyable option than a sugary drink. Cucumbers also won’t add calories to your glass, being very low in sugar and high in insoluble fiber. They do, however, provide a healthy kick of vitamins and minerals.
- 2 Quarts water
- 1 Small cucumber, sliced
Spas and resorts love this drink for how simple it is to prepare. After slicing the cucumber, add it to the water in a pitcher or carafe. Leave this delicious mix in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the flavors to mix and serve over ice.
Dark Chocolate Protein Shake
Unbelievably, replacing a meal with this healthy protein shake can absolutely help you to lose weight fast. Using a few healthy substitutions, like skipping the sugar in favor of a bit of honey or agave syrup and using almond or soy milk, you can create a delicious drink that’s packed full of antioxidants and phytochemicals shown to speed up weight loss and help you burn fat rapidly.
- 1 Cup of soy or almond milk
- 1 Scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder or cocoa nibs
- 1 Banana, halved and frozen
- 1 Tbsp honey or agave syrup
Add all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. This is a healthy alternative to an ice cream shake and a great source of protein, potassium, and delicious chocolate. This chilly treat is the perfect way to get a quick, healthy lunch on the go.
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