Add more Calories to your Herbalife Shake

 

If you have high calorie needs or are trying to gain weight, high-calorie extras in your smoothie can really help.  The trick is to add healthy nutrition along with the calorie boost. So maybe let’s not add ice cream or maple syrup or anything like that, ok?

Rolled oats – a scoop of quick-cooking rolled oats can add 100 calories or more, along with soluble fibre and a little extra protein, too.

Avocado and nut butters  add half of an avocado or a heaping spoonful of nut butter to your shake and you can boost the calories by 100 or more. Peanut butter is an option too but try to stick with the salt and sugar free versions (Woolies makes a great one, just fyi)

Dried Fruits or 100% Juices – because their calories are so concentrated, fruit juices and dried fruits are discouraged for those who are trying to lose weight, but that’s precisely why they make such a great add-in for those who are trying to gain. Try 100% orange, carrot or pineapple juice, or toss in a handful of dried apricots, peaches, cherries, dates or raisins.

Nut Powder – Use a food processor (Nutribullet is champion for this task) and make yourself some nut powder. Mix a bunch of nuts and seeds of your choice (pumpkin, linseed, sesame seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds) and then blend them into a powder. Keep the powder in your fridge and add them to your shake as needed. Drink up quick! (you don’t want that powder to go slimy!)

Winter Water Intake Tip: Drink It Warm

I had a silly thing happen to me last month while I was on a plane heading for Phuket with my husband to celebrate his 40th birthday. You see, I struggle with water retention on planes, and try as I might, I can’t win with this one. I do try though. And part of that “trying” consists of me carrying around a big water bottle and drinking as much water as possible. Now you’re not allowed onto a plane with water, so I take my own empty bottle with me.

Anyway, when she came around with the drinks, I asked the stewardess if she would mind filling my bottle with water for me. Even though she had a big bottle of water in front of her she said she’d have to fill it in the kitchen which I thought was odd, but I thanked her and off she went with my bottle.

Well, I can only conclude that she had assumed that my bottle was a thermos because when she returned it was filled with boiling water. Of course, I was way too polite to point out the mistake, and only giggled with my husband about my strange acquisition after she had left.

I drank it though. And I realised something: The “warmness” of the water contributed to me consuming the entire 700-odd mls very quickly. It was almost as if subconsciously I was of the belief that hot water should be consumed quickly before it gets cold. Strangely I even found myself enjoying it.

And that leads me to my point. As the wind howls outside and the morning sun does little to warm the cold days of winter, perhaps the best way to keep that water intake up is by drinking our water hot instead of cold. A slice of lemon, a dash of cinnamon or a slice of ginger, and perhaps even a teaspoon tip of coconut oil in a large coffee mug filled with hot water? Not the worst way to keep hydrated by a long shot. And if you have a bit of NRG or Herbal Concentrate to throw in there? Even better!

You’ll quickly see how you automatically reach for that mug as you go about your day. And what a bonus to be made warm and hydrated at the same time during these chilly weeks ahead.

Have a great week, folks!

Add more healthy fats to your Herbalife shake

Adding fat to your smoothie will, of course, add some calories.  But healthy fats offer up more than that – you can also pick up some vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and fibre along the way.

Seeds  like flax, hemp, chia or sunflower seeds add a bit of texture to your smoothie, and give a little boost of minerals (especially copper and zinc) and omega-3 fatty acids.

Nut butters  such as almond, walnut or pistachio, also contribute zinc and copper, along with some protein and fibre, too.

Avocado adds a silky-smooth add-in to smoothies, and provides the same healthy fats found in olive oil along with some vitamin E.

Recipe: Orange Thermo

I do believe that it is very important to make sure that you never get bored of the products we use to keep us healthy so I’m always looking for new ways to spice things up a little. Usually I drink my thermo plain, which is great, but because it’s citrus season here in the Eastern Cape I’ve been adding orange slices to my usual multiple cups of thermo tea. It’s amazing what something as simple as a slice of orange (yes – orange!) can do to subtly change the flavour of this already refreshing drink. Try it. And then tell me if you think it’s yummy!

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Add more flavour to your Herbalife Shake

Your smoothie might taste just fine as it is, but if – like me – you’re in the habit of having them every day, it’s nice to change up the flavours to keep things interesting.  Aside from changing the flavour of my actual shake powder (don’t forget we have many flavours for you to try: chocolate, cookies & cream, strawberry, cappuccino to name a few) and playing around with different fruit and vegetable add-ins what often takes my shakes over the top is the extra flavour boost I get from adding herbs, spices, extracts and other natural flavours.

Spices – try a dash of sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or clove, or add some spicy heat with ginger or even a dash of white pepper.  Since they’re plant products, spices also contribute phytonutrients and antioxidants, too.

Herbs may not be something you’ve thought about adding to your smoothie, but there are plenty of herbs that work really well.  Try mint, rosemary, thyme or basil – but don’t stop there!  I know people who love fresh parsley or fresh cilantro in their smoothies, too.

Extracts and Zest – a little fresh lemon or orange zest adds a bright, fresh flavour to your smoothie, and there are some healthy oils in citrus peel, too.  I also like to keep all kinds of extracts on hand – like pure vanilla, almond, coconut and peppermint for an extra flavour boost.

Keep Those Shakes Tasty

I kind of just wanted to pop on here today and remind you how important it is to make a tasty shake. Often times I think we sort of fall into a habit of making the same ol’ boring shake over and over and that can lead to food fatigue, I’m sure. I can’t imagine eating the same meal every day so why on earth do I put up with drinking the same shake every day? Well, obviously, because know how good my shake is for me! And sometimes because I lack imagination. My husband, though, is quite innovative and he’s been making some super yummy shakes lately. And guys: It makes a difference!

So I’m here reminding you to be adventurous with your shakes. Use spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A shake made with chai spice? Yes please!  How about some fruit? We keep a stash of chopped fruit in the freezer. Watermelon, mango, banana, spanspek, and weirdly, lemons work really well.

What’s your favourite way to make your shake?

Add some digestive support to your Herbalife shake

Some smoothie add-ins do double duty – they not only add flavour and nutrition, but also help with your digestive system.

Aloe vera juice adds a mild sweet flavour to your shake and helps support nutrient absorption in your digestive tract. (ask us about our Herbal Aloe beverage if you are not already taking it)

Yogurt contains probiotics – so-called “good” bacteria that help support digestive health. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can also try amasi or kefir.

Ginger and Peppermint are both known to aid the digestive process.

Chia seeds are a very rich source of soluble fibre, which supports the growth of the good bacteria in your intestines.

Linseed is a gentle on the digestive system and also contain omega oils that are great for your brain, skin, and hair. But if you’re going to add linseed to your shake you might want to drink it up really quickly because if you let it stand for too long those seeds are going to get slimy!

Breakfast the Herbalife Way

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start when it comes to wellness. Most of us know that we aren’t doing enough for ourselves when it comes to general health and wellbeing, but the concept as a whole can be daunting. Calories, hydration, cardio, weight training, scales, measurements, heart rate, blood pressure! The list goes on, and as the list gets longer, our resolve can get shorter. Then someone throws in the phrase “Lifestyle Change” and the only thing you can think about is beer and cupcakes.

So let’s look away from that big picture for just a moment and focus our attention on just a small (but important) part of that big picture:

What did you have for breakfast today?

We’ve been told our whole lives that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet we still opt to neglect it, mostly for “convenience” reasons. Breakfast time, however, is the best place to start making changes on your road to wellness and it will without a doubt be one of the most effective changes you make. This is where good quality products like Herbalife meal replacements make all the difference. Many people mistake Herbalife for a “diet company” when in fact Herbalife is a nutritional supplement company. Now you can use these supplements to lose weight, maintain your weight, optimize your sports performance or even gain weight if you want to. Feeding your body good nutrition goes hand-in-hand with all of these things and it’s an excellent place to start.

When asked the question “what did you have for breakfast today?” most people answer with “Nothing”. Sometimes you will get the odd person who had a slice of toast with some coffee, or a bit of yogurt and cereal, but the norm is that we tend to skip breakfast altogether, which kinds of sets a bad tone for the entire day. Hydrating and feeding your body properly in the morning will make such a huge difference to your overall wellbeing that it is one change that can absolutely not be neglected in the quest for better health.

This is where Herbalife meal replacements can change your life. If you try nothing else in your efforts for A Better Lifestyle, try this.

The best part about making this particular change is that it takes a lot of the guess work out of your daily nutrition. Yes you can kind-of get a balanced meal in once or twice a day if you have the time and inclination to source and prepare all sorts of fancy meals, but that can get incredibly costly and time-consuming.

So pick up Your Herbalife Breakfast. And when you are done with your shake, remember to tell yourself, “I did something good for myself today.”

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