****Update****

This is a great, healthy recipe!

Midnight Drive
1 cup of blue berries
1 packet of Acai
Half of a cup of black berries
1 banana
1 Cup of Ice

Suggested by Jasmine P

**Note: In order to make this smoothie coincide with the combination diet I follow GracieDiet.com, there is one adjustment I would make to this. Instead of the blue berries and black berries, I would add grapes or slices of melon.

Another yummy concoction ….

• I peeled and chopped banana.
• Half of one red delicious apple (either peeled or not peeled)
• 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
• And a cup of fat free milk.

Suggested by Donita Marie Petean

Let me know how you like them!!
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Hey Guys!

One of the most common stumbling blocks people encounter when dieting is the late night curbing of the appetite. A lot of people find it easy to plan their healthy main meals in advance and to opt for healthy daytime snacks… but once nighttime falls all rhyme and reason goes out the door! Fact is, that eating heavy meals late at night is one of the worst things you can do! The body doesn’t have time to digest the food before you go to sleep, and so the calories pile up and ultimately promote weight gain. Your digestive system semi shuts down when you go to sleep, therefore the nutrients in food are not absorbed fully, and in effect most of the food is converted and stored as fat.

Think of yourself as a car, and your food as fuel. What you want to do is fill your gas tank up throughout the day so that you burn the fuel (calories) before bed time! Too many of us making the mistake of fueling up late at night, and then going to sleep on a full tank… you get the picture now I’m sure!

So now we’ve established that it’s extremely bad to eat calorie- laden meals late at night… but that still hasn’t addressed how we can avoid that. So this Wednesday, I thought I’d let you in on a little diet trick of mine, something that I employ every single day…

JUICE IT UP!

My blender is my best friend. Seriously! I use it every single day, and it helps me stay in shape and healthy! Stock up on your favorite fruits, and at the end of the day when you feel your appetite creeping up on you, toss your fav’s in the blender, and blend away! You’ll be left with a delicious smoothie that tastes just as awesome as Jamba Juice, but that contains zero artificial sweeteners! Super healthy and super yummy. Not only is this a low calorie, yummy way to curb your appetite, but blending raw fruits and vegetables breaks them down into particles that insure that the nutrients is easily assimilated into the body. If you are coming home after an evening workout, adding some protein into the smoothie will help build and repair the broken down muscle tissue from your workout.

Here’s a recipe for you to try tonight.

“The EVEning Tropicana”

• 1 frozen banana (peel banana and set it in zip-locked bag to freeze)
• 1 cup of washed grapes (or juiced with a Gracie Juice Bag – GracieDiet.com)
• 1 Hawaiian Papaya (wash, cut in halves, gut out the seeds, and scoop papaya into blender)
• Cottage cheese/slow metabolizing casein protein or 1 Scoop of Whey Protein (optional)

Can feed two people.

Give this a try and let me know what you think!

Also, play around with your own concoctions and then send me an email with the subject “Juice it up” to eve@evetorres.com with your recipe and the creative name you’re giving your smoothie! I’ll post an update with my top 3 favorite suggestions! Submissions must be in by January 10th. Remember… the goal is healthy & yummy!