Try these smoothie recipes for nutritious, filling smoothies that will help you lose weight and keep hunger at bay. Pick a recipe, start the blender, and enjoy your weight loss smoothies.
Fresh fruits, green veggies and ice cubes. All that healthy goodness in one cup. Smoothies are certainly a great and tasty way to get in much needed nutrients. They are certainly a great strategy for weight loss if done right. A smoothie rich in nutrients incorporated into your daily diet can help keep hunger at bay, fill you with much needed fiber and ensure you get the nutrients you need without much of a fuss.
While the smoothies featured here can aid in weight loss, they are not magic bullets. Healthy and long term weight loss requires a holistic approach. You need to make meaningful changes in your diet, activity and other areas of your life to achieve sustainable results. These weight loss smoothies are a great tool to add to your arsenal.
This smoothie combines a wide variety of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals found in fruits and greens. This pineapple in this smoothie will help you to get rid of retained water, thanks to its diuretic effect. The capsaicin in the peppers is a mild metabolic stimulant. It will help to speed up your metabolism and therefore help you burn more calories.
- ¼ tablespoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1 cup mango chunks, frozen
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
- 1 cup leafy greens (kale, spinach or collard greens)
The measurements yield 2 servings. Blend all ingredients together and serve.
Pumpkin pie smoothie
Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene. This compound gives pumpkins their orange color and is also an anti-oxidant. It not only protects your body from damaging free radicals but also slows down the effects of aging.
Pumpkins are also rich in vitamin C as well as fiber. This smoothie will keep you feeling fuller for longer without making you feel weighed down.
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- Pinch of pumpkin spice and/or cinnamon
- Ice cubes
- ½ banana, frozen
Blend ingredients and serve.
Berry and chia smoothie
If you have a sweet tooth, this smoothie is perfect for indulging it without compromising your goals. This smoothie is packed with fiber and protein to help you stay full for longer and crush those cravings. Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce inflammation and stress hormones. The berries provide anti-oxidants to protect your body and promote health.
- ½ cup ice
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
- 1 cup of berries (frozen berries of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Blend ingredients together and serve.
Protein berry blast
We’ve already mentioned the many benefits of berries. This smoothie combines them with almond milk and Greek yogurt to give your sweet smoothie added protein. This smoothie contains about 18 grams of protein per serving.
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 banana, frozen
- 2 cup almond milk
- 8 oz blueberries or strawberries
Blend ingredients and enjoy.
Remember that smoothies aren’t a magic bullet for weight loss. It’s important to watch the calories in smoothies too if you intend to add them to your tools for weight loss. Done right, smoothies can help you achieve your weight loss goals in a healthy and sustainable way.
Dr. Will runs a weight loss program at his practice and has done so for many years which has afforded him a rich portfolio of experiences in the field. He is a regular contributor to numerous Industry-related blogs and is keen on sharing knowledge gained over the years.