This summer, the two Asian pals (my husband Han and his brother Felix) in the house are determined to get huge, aka build big muscles. From what I have seen, they have a long way to go. There is a lot of room to improve, if you know what I mean… But I have to say that their dedication is very impressive. They work out and then drink smoothies loaded with protein powder day and night. It looks pretty painful to me, especially when they try to shove that really thick smoothie down their throats. Apparently, you need to consume an absurd amount of protein if you want to bulk up.
Although I am not a huge fitness person and I don’t really like going to the gym, I do try to keep reasonably fit because #1, it’s healthy, and #2, it never hurts to prepare a beach body, especially during the summer, right?
If you are like me and would like to keep yourself in good shape and build muscle tone, I think you will like this approach: Detox, eat right and exercise.
Three months ago, when I was developing the detox plan for my first published book “Seven-Day Super Smoothie Cleanse Action Plan”, I put myself on the program for seven days to make sure it worked the way I wanted. I wanted to lose a few pounds with delicious food. I thought if it worked on me, the book would help more people reboot their bodies and get to a good starting point where they can fight the weight loss battle.
The experience not only helped me finish the book with an effective detox plan, but also rewarded me with tons of extremely positive feedback as well as a healthier body. With clean eating and just enough exercise (In my case, it’s 30 minutes of swimming every other day), maintaining good health isn’t that hard. On the contrary, it’s actually a pretty pleasant on-going process. What’s the secret for cleaning your body without giving up food and being miserable? It starts with a uber healthy detox smoothie.
This Classic Berry Smoothie is by far my favorite one from my book. Made with frozen berries, Chobani Greek plain yogurt, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds and water, it’s packed with vitamins, protein, calcium, fiber and iron.
It looks wonderful and sounds so simple, but how does it taste? Glad you asked!
It’s refreshing and fruity.
It’s perfectly smooth and creamy.
It’s sweet and cold.
It’s a fantastic summer breakfast or post-workout drink.
I used water as the smoothie liquid base and add Stevia for a flavor boost for a detox version. Stevia is a 100% natural, zero calorie sweetener that comes from a plant and has a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies. If you want an even tastier version, add apple juice in your smoothie.
For more delicious detox smoothie recipes like this one and a complete cleanse plan, please refer to “Seven-Day Super Smoothie Cleanse Action Plan”. It’s a short read but packed with everything you need to know about detox and how to build a healthy eating habit. The Kindle format is on a special discount for this summer (only $2.99), grab your copy before the price goes up on September 1, 2015.
To also get creative with Greek yogurt yourself, check out a bunch of Chobani’s healthy recipes. Happy Summer!Print
Classic Berry Smoothie
Made with frozen berries, Chobani Greek plain yogurt, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds and water, this Classic Berry Smoothie couldn’t get any healthier!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Beverages; Gluten Free
- 3 cups frozen berry mix
- 2 cups water (or 1 cup water and 1 cup apple juice)
- 1/2 cup Chobani Greek plain yogurt
- 2 scoops (1/2 cup) vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 packet stevia (optional)
- Add water to your blender, followed by frozen berries. Top with yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds and stevia (if using) and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until all ingredients are liquefied and smooth.
This recipe yields about 50 oz berry smoothie. A high-capacity blender is recommended.
- Serving Size: 4