Yogurt Smoothie Recipe and how evening snacking could be sabotaging your weight loss
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You’re tired at the end of a hard day, are relaxing at home and just want something tasty to nibble on. Why do we find it harder to control ourselves in the evening? How could avoiding evening snacking be the key to better health and faster weight loss?
Yoghurt is great for your digestion but do we eat it often enough? Now you can include yoghurt in your breakfast every morning with this Yogurt Smoothie recipe.
Snacking in the evening
Did you catch my last blog post about how I had lost all my baby weight over the last year? I have gone through many periods where my weight stabilised and refused to go down any further, then I’ve realised that I had slipped into a pattern of eating too many snacks in the evening again. As soon as I cut out snacking in the evening my weight starts to creep slowly down again. I know that for me eating in the evening is very rarely down to hunger. It’s mainly down to comfort eating, just fancying something tasty to eat or to actually block out tiredness. When you’re tired you naturally eat more. Have you ever thought that your evening cravings could actually be your body telling you that you need to have an early night instead?
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Cutting out evening snacking
I know I feel much better when I don’t snack and get to bed early. I also sleep better too. Last night I made some healthy (kind of) snacks of Kale chips and peanut butter and melted banana covered puffed rice. It was gorgeous but I didn’t sleep so well. I’ve noticed a pattern of having much more insomnia and restless nights sleep the more I eat in the evening. I never would have recognised it if I didn’t have a few weeks where I stopped eating in the evening. Have you noticed any similar patterns? Why don’t you try not eating in the evenings for a week and see how much better you feel?
Peach Yogurt Smoothie Recipe
I don’t know about you but although I like yoghurt, I never actually get round to eating it. I don’t know if it’s because it doesn’t fill me up or because I don’t know what to eat with it. So I thought it was about time I based one of my smoothies around yoghurt so I could get the benefit of this healthy ingredient more often.
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Vegan yoghurt has the same benefits as cow’s milk (without the drawbacks of the dairy).
Benefits of Soya Yoghurt
Soy yoghurt has been fermented with Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and Streptococcus Thermophilus which naturally contain probiotics. Healthy bacteria from probiotics is needed to help your immune system function, and for your digestion to work correctly. If you suffer from digestive problems this is a great way to squeeze some yoghurt into your diet.
Sometimes I still have digestive issues but it depends what I eat and the order in which I eat my food. So I could also really benefit from more yoghurt in my diet.
I have a sugar free soy yoghurt which has quite a strong taste, so I included some dried apricots in my smoothie. You can leave them out if you don’t mind the taste or if you have a different dairy free yoghurt that you really like. On the other hand, feel free to add more sweeteners or dried fruit if you prefer a sweeter yoghurt.
You can also change the peaches for whatever fruit is in season which is the beauty of this recipe. Adding greens to this yoghurt thickie is also optional but I strongly recommend them as they are so good for you. You won’t notice a difference in taste, it just depends if you can get used to the colour. I had been giving plain yoghurt to my baby for her breakfast which she seemed to quite like. When I gave her this green peach yoghurt smoothie instead of her yoghurt, she finished the whole lot and wanted more which never usually happens. I know it’s good for her as she’s getting more greens and oats which are also great for your health too. It will also be more filling than plain yoghurt as it’s more like a porridge, but it’s still thin enough to be drunk as a smoothie.Print
Peach Yogurt Smoothie recipe and evening snacking (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)
Improve your digestion by including yoghurt in your breakfast every morning with this Yogurt Smoothie recipe.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 2 Servings 1x
- Category: Green Thickie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Drink
- 1 Cup Non Dairy Milk (oat, rice, soya, almond, hemp, coconut drink or raw nut or seed milk)
- 1 Cup Dairy Free Yoghurt
- 5 small Peaches (Or whatever fruit is in season)
- 1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed. (Optional) OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
- 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds (or any other seeds)
- ½ Cup dried apricots (or any other dried fruit which can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend)
- 1 Cup Oats (If you don’t have a powerful blender and want the smoothie very smooth you can soak the oats for an hour before blending)
- Blend the ingredients in the order listed.
- Add more water if required to thin it out.
- Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
- If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge.
- Serving Size: 550 ml/20 oz /1 pint
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