The idea of being able to lose weight simply by drinking smoothies is an intriguing one for most of us. Is it possible? Yes it is, if you follow a few simple rules. Trying to lose weight can be a losing battle, especially in our fast paced world. Many of us struggle to eat the right food. Meals are often quick bites grabbed between work and other activities. That’s why I created these healthy smoothies for weight loss. They are made in minutes, there is no cooking involved and they can be consumed on-the-go. Much better than take-out. But there’s more to these smoothies than simply being easy to make. They are nutritionally dense, packed with vitamins and minerals. The ingredients are affordable and easily available. What do these smoothies contain? Fiber and healthy carbs from fruits and vegetables, plus healthy fats and protein to make them filling so you won’t be tempted to snack.I have included greens in most of these smoothies. Why? Simple, greens are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, they have almost no calories, are rich in nutrients and high in fiber, so they fill you up and reduce cravings. If you still aren’t won over by the idea of greens in smoothies, either because you don’t fancy the idea of drinking your greens or you think they will taste yucky, then you have to try these smoothies. From their enticing colors, to their delicious taste, these smoothies will energize you and satisfy hunger pangs, enhance digestion, help to detox and generally help to maintain your health and keep you looking young. But what makes these smoothies extra special, is the fact that they help you lose weight. That should be incentive enough without all the other reasons.
Orange Green Smoothie
Ingredients2 oranges2 cups baby spinach leaves½ inch fresh ginger root2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked for 20 minutes1 cup Greek yogurt½ cup water1 teaspoon turmeric1 teaspoon honeyHow to MakeWhizz together the oranges, spinach leaves, ginger, chia seeds, yogurt, water, turmeric and honey until smooth.Serve in two glasses.Berry Beet Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup leafy greens1/3 cup frozen blueberries½ cup frozen raspberries½ cup frozen strawberries½ cup beets, cooked and pealed½ avocado1 cup almond milk½ cup Greek yogurt1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerHow to Make Blend together the greens, frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, beets, avocado, almond milk, Greek yogurt and grated ginger until thick and creamy.Pour into two tall glasses and enjoy.
Apple Mango Smoothie
Ingredients1 green apple, cored and quartered1 cup frozen mango cubesHandful of baby spinach leaves½ cucumber, peeled1 cup coconut water1 tablespoon lime juiceHow to MakePlace the apple, frozen mango, spinach, cucumber, coconut water and lime juice into your blender. Blitz everything together until well blended.This makes two glasses.
Pear Raspberry Beet Smoothie
Ingredients½ cup beets, cooked and chopped1 pear, cored½ cup frozen raspberries½ frozen banana½ avocado1 cup baby spinach 1 cup green teaJuice of 1 lemonHow to MakeMix together the cooked beets, pear, frozen raspberries, banana, avocado, baby spinach, green tea and lemon juice until well blended.Pour into a glass. Serves two.Berry Pineapple Smoothie
Ingredients½ cup frozen pineapple½ cup frozen blueberries½ cup frozen cranberries¼ cup beets½ cucumberHandful of baby greens1 ½ cups green teaJuice of 1 limeHow to MakeCombine the frozen pineapple, blueberries, cranberries, beets, cucumber, baby greens, green tea and lime juice in a blender until velvety smooth and creamy.
Mango Green Smoothie
Ingredients1 ½ cup frozen mango chunks½ cup pineapple pieces1 large handful baby spinach leaves1/3 cup cottage cheese2 cups almond milk1 teaspoon turmeric½ inch grated gingerHow to MakeAdd the mango chunks, pineapple pieces, spinach leaves, cottage cheese, almond milk, turmeric and grated ginger to your blender and blend well until smooth.Serve in two glasses.
More Healthy Smoothies for Weight Loss
Pineapple Green Smoothie
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks1 frozen banana1 cup romaine lettuce1 ½ – 2 cups almond milk¼ teaspoon turmeric½ teaspoon grated fresh gingerJuice of 1 lemon
Apple and Green Smoothie
1 green apple, cored and seeds removed1 pear, cored and chopped1 cup fresh baby spinachJuice of 1 lime3 tablespoons mint½ cucumber (peeled)1 cup coconut water
Creamy Green Smoothie
1 cup kale or spinach1 ½ frozen bananas½ cup Greek yogurt1 tablespoon almond butter1 cup almond milk1 tablespoon flaxseed1 teaspoon maple syrup
Spicy Pear Smoothie
1 cup green tea, brewed and chilled½ cup vanilla yogurt1 small pear, skin on, cut into small pieces1 frozen banana2 tablespoons ground flaxseed¼ teaspoon cayenneJuice of 1 lemonPinch cinnamon
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