Three ingredients you can add into your Almased diet, that will help make your shakes extra nutritious and satisfying.
Oils provide essential fat for your body, which is needed for many bodily functions, the metabolism, hormones, and digestion of fat-soluble vitamins. Even though your intended goal is to burn fat, it is still important to consume a healthy level of good fats. Therefore during the Almased Diet, we recommend to have at least 1-2 tsp of oil in each Almased shake or 2-3 Tbsp per day overall. Choose oils that are polyunsaturated and high in omega-3’s, such as olive, flaxseed, walnut or fish oil. Adding oil will also help to keep you full longer and keep your cravings at bay.
While on a mostly to all-liquid diet, fiber can help keep you stay satisfied with your shakes or meals as well as keep you regular. Fiber also has preventive effects that are beneficial to your health in the long-run. It may help lower cholesterol levels and has been show to help control blood sugar levels. On a daily basis add 1-2 Tbsp of fiber to each Almased shake. Some ideas are ground flax seeds, hemp seeds, psyllium husk, and chia seeds. This addition will also give your shake a delicious nutty flavor.
The first phase of the Almased Diet acts as a cleanse detox for the body which will help you kick-start your metabolism and burn fat. While your fat is burning, toxins are released in the body. The vegetable broth which we recommend to drink at least 4 cups a day between meals, contains antioxidants that will help combat those radicals, reducing stress on your body. In addition, the vegetable broth is also low in calories and will help keep you hydrated and satisfied between shakes. As you progress from phase 1 to phase 2, you can continue drinking vegetable broth as an ongoing benefit or simply eat the actual vegetables in phase 2.
Making the vegetable broth yourself is easy and the most nutritious option. If homemade veggie broth is not an option for you, you can buy 100% vegetable juice in the store, ideally low in sodium. We prefer homemade vegetable broth, which will give you more control of the amount of sodium, taste, and can be stored in your fridge for 3-4 days or in your freezer for 7 days. To make vegetable broth, simply, choose fresh or frozen vegetables of your choice such as cauliflower, spinach, carrots, onions, and cabbage. Cut up the vegetables, place them in a hot pot of boiling water. Wait for the vegetables to become tender then strain them out of the broth. You can keep them for a later meal or dispose them in your compost. Finally spice up the broth with different herbs and spices, such as pepper, cumin, paprika, oregano, parsley etc.