--Whittle down inches off my body for comfort. --This means getting to a healthy weight, but not focusing on weight alone. --Re-learn self-control and healthy moderation without feeling deprived.
--Work-out at least four times per week. --Healthier in-between meal snacks. --One SMALL piece of chocolate at work, if any allowed. --One dessert per day (small). --Moderation (Lifestyle Diet).
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Sounds like you have a pretty solid plan for smoothies. I think it'll definitely be more doable for you if you just make a batch of them and then drink them throughout the week. That seems to work well for you most of the time =). And yeah, probably if you replace a fruit you're already having with the smoothie, you won't be overdosing too much in the carb area. Something to keep an eye on, for sure.
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If you're looking for super cheap ways to get veggies, frozen is often the way to go. It's awesome because the produce is frozen at the peak of freshness, which means it still has most of its nutrients. And often it's cheaper to buy, say, a bag of frozen diced pepper than it is to buy a bunch of peppers, especially when out of season. And it will keep for as long as you keep it in the freezer. That could be a great way to do smoothies, too. Get some frozen spinach and berries and blend it up with yogurt, milk, or water and a little bit of sweetener. Or stock up when it's on sale and freeze it yourself. Good luck!