Smoothies are the simplest, yummiest and most effective way of packing up all the nutrients you need to sip on the go, which makes them even more attractive for people with hectic or flux schedules.
Further to the creative freedom at your disposal to make them as delicious and as appealing as you want (a good banana and papaya smoothie is really pleasing to the eye!), smoothies are also a great tool for weight loss.
Also known as breakfast shakes, green smoothies or detox smoothies (that, by the way, also depends on how you prepare them, a misguided recipe can actually lead to weight gain!), they are relatively low in calories and can sustain you for quite some time.
This freedom to get creative with different ingredients to mix for your taste also comes with exciting opportunities for learning how to create a balanced smoothie. Which is, in a nutshell, being able to balance out the amount of protein included, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and nutrients.
But there’s more.
If you really get into the consistent game of sticking to smoothies as a consistent element of your dietary lifestyle, you will soon find yourself being able to toss in elements that support and accelerate your weight loss by boosting your metabolic rate and giving you a good fix of energy while sustaining you for relatively long bouts of time!
Therefore, you can shed some serious weight simply because you get all the required nutrients in one glass without the additional or empty calories.
Side Note; What I love about having them for breakfast is how I don’t feel as bloated or as heavy as I do after having a traditional breakfast with eggs, meats and carbs. You kinda feel fresh with the confidence boost of having started your day right, a positive state of mind which can set in motion an equally positive chain of healthy choices for the rest of the day.
The Best Ingredients For Weight Loss
As you might already know, food in itself does not really guarantee miraculous weight loss. We’ve talked about this. It’s actually more about everything else that happens in, with and around the healthier options that counts for the optimum health and weight loss results. While smoothies and tried and true vehicles to improved health and weight loss, knowing what to include and what to avoid is key.
We call it the magic fruit for good reason. While most of its peers in the fruit world consist mainly of carbohydrates, avocado is high in healthy fats.
And according to Healthline.com, they also come with absolutely no cholesterol or sodium, and they are low in saturated fat. Avocados are already loved for their ability to promote positive hair growth, enhancing the skin and lowering cholesterol levels. The fact that they also make for a creamier smoothie makes them essential. With the good dose of healthy fat, avocados will keep you feeling fuller until the next meal.
Some people still function from the notion that healthy food options have to be dull and bland. Berries, any kind, pack so much flavour that they alone disprove this myth. They enhance the savour without the excess sugar and calories. The good people at Eating Well document the fruit’s reputation, highlighting the positive effects that include blueberries being packed with antioxidants that can help preserve a sharp memory as you get older.
All berries; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries come with ample fibre, a nutrient that is important for a healthy digestive system. That makes these really great for a nutritious breakfast shake!
- CAYENNE PEPPER
Cayenne pepper is one of the most powerful natural ingredients for losing weight. It suppresses the appetite, enhances the metabolic rate and helps dissolve fat. Therefore kicking your day off with some cayenne pepper in your smoothie guarantees you an extended sense of fullness and satiety. Your trips to the fridge to ‘check out the scene’ just won’t be as much.
- COCONUT OIL
Now any excuse to include coconut in whatever you consume is a pretty smart decision for optimal health, weight loss, glowing skin, improved hair growth and a ton of energy! You can use it to cook, create organic pastes to be applied directly on the scalp and on your skin, and, as a superfood for the ultimate weight burning smoothie. Coconut oil keeps you satiated (feeling full), energised and feeling light.
- GREEK YOGHURT
Greek yogurt adds the smooth texture and sour taste that will give any combination of ingredients just the right kick! I love what it does to the strawberry smoothie, in which you blend strawberries with basil leaves, almond milk, a teaspoon of milk and greek yoghurt for a lush and yummy, desserty smoothie treat! While dairy products fall in the list of no-no ingredients for weight loss in smoothies and elsewhere, this Greek yoghurt is the better option. It contains higher levels of protein, which promote satiety and leaves you energetic for longer. Stick to the full-fat, plain ones. Things tend to go downhill once you go ‘flavoured’.
- LEAFY GREENS
Smoothies provide the perfect opportunity to blend the most nutritious foods without the risk of piling up excess calories, and leafy greens are right up on that list. Spinach, kale, dandelion and romaine lettuce are all low in calories and quite high in fibre.
Substitute the dairy products and fruit juices with healthier options whenever you can. Tea, water and ice are better options to give your smoothies good consistency. Try healthy teas, which are a whole world to dive into. Rooibos and Hoodia Tea is really good as an appetite suppressant. There are many fruity, herbal teas you can use instead. Green tea packs healthy nutrients that can aid weight loss.
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.