I was your typical college student: I had no idea how to cook. Every day I would have anything that could be thrown in the oven such as chicken fingers and fries, frozen pizza, and even sometimes a shepherd’s pie (premade of course).
I can’t even begin to tell you how many pots of kraft dinner I consumed just because it was easy, tasted delicious, and was so cheap! When I was in my second year of college, I started to notice myself gaining a bit of weight.
I think my metabolism was catching up with me. I was very active, always going on walks and to the gym, but still my weight wasn’t what it used to be. It was then I decided that I definitely had to change the way I eat.
I turned to the Internet to find recipes and YouTube videos on various ways of cooking. At first, I basically ruined every meal and spent a lot of money on burnt chickens and wasted vegetables. But, as with everything, I got better with practice and I began to fall in love with cooking.
I love going out to restaurants and ordering delicious food, but there is nothing quite like making a delicious meal yourself. You gather all the ingredients, chop all the food, blend it with other food and share it with either yourself or someone special.
It was my cooking in fact that got my wife interested in me. We met at college and one night I invited her on a date. Rather than taking her out to your usual restaurant, I took her to my apartment and made her a three-course meal.
She has told me since that moment, she has never felt so charmed before. The best part was? I enjoyed it. I find cooking incredibly relaxing and I think it means a lot to people when you cook for them.
Since then, my weight has never been better because I am cooking real, homecooked healthy meals. I don’t always eat healthy, I sometimes make delicious cheesy pizza, and some amazing chocolate cakes, but it’s all about balance.
What I take pride in right now is my smoothie recipes that I use on a daily basis. I find with my blender, I can make delicious smoothies for right after a workout or when I’m in a rush. I have included some of my favourite Blender Smoothie Recipes Below:
Banana Smoothie (With A Hint Of Ginger)
Helps Nauseous Stomachs, or Gas Pains!
1 sliced Banana
¾ c (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
½ tsp freshly grated ginger
Put all of the Ingredients together: the banana, yogurt, honey, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
Orange Delicious Smoothie
Great for cooling down after an exhausting workout! Filled with Vitamin-C to boost your immune system!
1 navel orange, peeled
¼ c fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt
2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
¼ tsp vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
Put all of the Ingredients together: the orange, half-and-half or yogurt, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and ice cubes. Keep blending until it is the consistency you want!
Banana, Blueberry Green Twist!
3 Tbsp water
1 green tea bag
2 tsp honey
1½ c frozen blueberries
½ med banana
¾ c calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk
- MICROWAVE water on high until steaming hot in a small bowl. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.
- Put all of the Ingredients together: berries, banana, and milk in a great blender.
- ADD tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. Pour and serve!
A Great Start To Your Day!
1 cup of frozen raspberries
¾ cup almond milk (unsweetened preferred)
¼ cup cherries
1½ Tbsp honey
2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
COMBINE all ingredients in blender! The lemon juice can be added for an additional taste. Blend until complete then ENJOY!
All of the recipes above are incredibly easy to do and all you need is just a standard smoothie blender, preferably one that can chop ice, to do them all! I have found these smoothies have boosted my health and kept me more alert when I need it most. I highly recommend them!