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Make Your Own Diet Shakes

written by: Donna Cosmato • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 9/20/2011

Learn how to make homemade shakes as healthy additions to diet plans. It is possible to use homemade diet shakes for quick weight loss if they are used as meal replacements or as part of a controlled liquid diet meal plan.

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    Diet Drinks

    Why should you include healthy homemade shakes in your weight loss diet? If you want to lose weight fast but safely, consider these health reasons and make high protein shakes and fruit smoothies as meal replacements.

    • Recommended daily servings of food groups like dairy, fruits, vegetables or meat (think protein) furnish nutrients.
    • Juicing maintains the nutritional integrity of live foods, and provides more nutrition in a weight loss diet.
    • It is possible to use homemade diet shakes for quick weight loss as meal replacements, and it is healthier than skipping meals.
    • If prepared properly with a healthy dose of protein and fiber, diet shakes help you feel fuller longer and avoid hunger cravings. Shake diet foods are a good diet supplement for an overall healthy diet plan.

    If you want to detoxify by fasting, but are unable to do a total liquid diet, natural juice or homemade shakes used as diet drinks are the next best options. As a bonus, these diet drinks help you lose stomach fat quickly.

    Diet shakes allow you to swap high-fat options like ice cream or whipping cream for lower fat diet foods like frozen yogurt or goat milk.

    Diet Shakes 

    Sweet and savory diet shakes are made the same; the only difference is the substitution of vegetables for fruits. Think of a Virgin Bloody Mary and you have the perfect example of savory diet drinks. Simple homemade shakes can be created with four common ingredients found in most kitchens: main ingredient, liquid, sweetener and seasonings or add-ins.

    The proportions of one ingredient to another can be varied to suit taste buds and diet preferences. If you really hate yogurt, skip it, and substitute something else. Simply combine your chosen ingredients in the blender with a handful of ice and blend until the consistency suits your palate. Just choose one item from each category and combine for a delicious homemade shake.

    Continue reading on page two for some tasty homemade shake ingredients and tips.

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    Planning a healthy diet is easy when you include nutrient-dense savory diet drinks made from vegetables. Meal replacement shakes and diet shakes can be created in minutes by following these step-by-step instructions. Add homemade shakes to your diet plan and watch the weight loss begin.
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    Homemade Weight Loss Shake Recipes

    To make tasty, delicious homemade shakes, just choose one ingredient from each of the four categories. Blend with ice until slushy and enjoy.

    Main Ingredient: Choose nutrient dense fruits or vegetables. Berries are the best choice for fruits, and cruciferous vegetables furnish the highest levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and mineral for a weight loss diet.

    Thinning Ingredient: Tantalize taste buds when creating homemade shakes by choosing your favorite liquid like goat milk or kefir. Goat milk triggers fewer allergies than cow's milk.

    Sweetening Ingredient: Natural sweeteners like raw or organic honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup are best for weight loss diets. Purchase at the local health food stores or look for them on the grocery shelves.

    Seasoning and Add-ins: Diet food does not have to be monotonous and flavorless. Experiment with spices and herbs, grated citrus zest, mint leaves and so forth to add some zip to weight loss shakes.

    Homemade Shakes Main Ingredient

    Diet Drinks 

    • Berries
    • Apples
    • Lemon or lime
    • Oranges
    • Mango
    • Kiwi
    • Papaya
    • Pomegranate
    • Pineapple
    • Bananas
    • Melons
    • Tomatoes
    • Carrot
    • Celery
    • Cruciferous vegetables
    • Avocado

    Homemade Weight Loss Shake Liquid Ingredients

    Diet Shakes Milk 

    • Yogurt
    • Kefir
    • Coconut oil or coconut milk
    • Goat milk or goat’s milk yogurt
    • Cow’s milk
    • Low-fat frozen organic yogurt

    Diet Nutrition - Smart Sweetening

    • Raw honey
    • Agave syrup
    • Maple syrup
    • Stevia

    Seasonings and Add-ins for Homemade Shakes

    • Spices: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and coriander
    • Herbs: parsley, cilantro, mint, or chicory
    • Flax seeds
    • Wheat germ
    • Goat’s milk protein powder

    Homemade diet shakes made from nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables and sweetened naturally make losing weight tasty. Use them for nutritional meal replacements or stand-alone diet shakes. A healthy diet should contain items from all food groups, so balance the ingredients of homemade diet shakes for quick weight loss in conjunction with over-all food choices. For more homemade shake recipes, read "Homemade Diet Shakes and Smoothies."

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    Image Credits

    Public Domain Picture/Petr Kratochvil

    Wikimedia Commons/Jpatokal

    Wikimedia Commons/Stefan Kuhn

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    Reference Materials

    The Great Physician's Rx for Health & Wellness, Jordan Rubin, 2005, Nelson Books

    The Wellness Kitchen/UC Berkeley Wellness Letter Staff and Editors, 2003 by Health Letter Association

    Toxic Relief, Don Colbert, M.D., 2001, Siloam Press

    Perfect Weight America, Jordan Rubin, 2008, Siloam Press