If drinking smoothies is one of your daily routines, you will understand this escalate really fast from a smoothie beginner to a smoothie addict! For me, happiness is starting my busy day with a glass of colorful smoothie blended with nutritious ingredients. Every time when I drink my smoothie, I feel like this helps restores my body back to the factory settings and that was a powerful feeling! As the saying goes, you are what you eat. If you have a fulfilling and nutritious breakfast for your day, you will feel more put together!
So in this article, here are the 10 smoothies that can actually help us in our weight loss journey! But before diving into that, here are some questions you may interested to know first!
1. Do I need ice in the smoothie?
No, you don’t need to. While this is really a personal choice, I prefer using the frozen fruit to the smoothie for a frosty favour. This is not as cold as adding ice but at least it ensures the smoothie won’t dilute in an unexpectedly fast rate.
2. How many types of smoothie out there?
While there are countless combination for smoothie, there are mainly three categories.
- Fruit smoothies: Features one or more types of fruit blended with fruit juice, water, milk, or yogurt. This tends to be the sweetest among these three categories.
- Green smoothies: Packed with leafy green vegetables and fruit blended with water, they are heavier in veggies. If you want to have your detox day, green smoothies are your best friend!
- Protein smoothies: Aiming to train up the muscles, this smoothie is more protein oriented. Besides adding vegetables and fruit, it’s packed with a major protein source like yogurt, silken tofu, or protein powder. People always drink it before or after a workout.
3. I know smoothie is healthy, but how can this help with weight loss?
This is actually the question I have in mind for a long time when I first started my journey. As a result-oriented person, I have to find all the evidence to prove there’s a positive relationship between a smoothie and weight loss before I go really hardcore in it. After spending some good amount of time and from my personal experience, I can happily tell you drink smoothie CAN really help weight loss and here are some valid reasons!
1. Smoothie can replace your meal
Just like every food in the world, a smoothie is not something magical that once you drink it religiously daily, you will lose 10 pounds! But, if you replace your breakfast or one of your meals with a smoothie, I am pretty sure you can cut out some calories! Of course, not every smoothie can serves as a meal replacement. If all you do is blending some fruit and that’s it, it’s not going to be fulfilling and nutritious enough to replace your breakfast. But if you’ve added enough vegetables, seeds or nuts, kefir or yogurt or some protein powder, I am sure you will be so full that you have no place to eat other snacks!
So in this perspective, smoothie can definitely help you with weight loss!
2. Smoothie can help with bloating
Many ingredients in a smoothie can help you deal with the annoying bloating and that’s a huge benefit! Fruits like watermelon, kiwi, banana are proved to reduce bloating symptoms and of course, yogurt is another amazing ingredient that can promote our gut health and help with constipation!
With a better digestion, of course this can aid our weight loss journey!
3. Ingredients in smoothie can help you burn fat
If you are adding artificial sugar in your smoothie, of course this won’t makes you have a flat belly! But if you are choosing the fat-burning ingredients mindfully, this can actually help you burn fat and raise your metabolism rate too! Below are some of the examples:
- Green Tea Powder
- Blueberries And Strawberries
- Coconut Oil
- Chia Seeds
Source: NDTV Food
So yes, smoothie can definitely help you lose weight and no, you won’t feel starving! The key is to drink it with the right ingredients and with appropriate portion! So now, here are the 10 ultimate recipes that really BURN FAT FAST!
1. Peanut butter sweet potato green smoothie (Vegan)
I hope you get excited because this one is extremely delicious! With peanut butter and sweet potato, you can tell how fulfilling it is! I am sure you don’t have room for other snacks because this is incredibly fulfilling! I love this creamy and rich texture and I am sure you too!
*If you are allergic to peanuts, you can try pea butter or sunflower butter!
How these ingredients help you lose weight?
Peanut Butter: As a good source of protein, despite the fact that it can raise your metabolism, peanut butter can promote the feeling of fullness and control your weight in long term! ( Source: NDTV )
Sweet potato: When it comes to low GI carbs, sweet potato is definitely one of my favourite! Besides maintaining stability in blood sugar levels, it promotes the rehydration of your cells and thus boost metabolic activity. That being said, it’s easier for you to flush out the toxins that accumulated long in your body and prevent you from accumulating fat! (Source: NDTV)
2. Green and glowing smoothie
If you are trying to get away from green smoothie, NO WAY! Sorry for the tough love but YOU NEED green smoothie to lose fat and most importantly, detox your body!
With all the fresh and raw ingredients, I am sure you will feel extremely refreshing and good after drinking it! Besides spinach, this recipe also include many other ingredients to make this smoothie truly best in flavour! Check this out!
*If you don’t have spinach, you can always replace it with kale and Swiss chard! ( Recent favourite! )
3. Avocado Ginger Mango smoothie
Finally, it’s avocado day and you can tell with both mango and avocado in this recipe, the smoothie will be extremely creaming and almost like ice cream!
The benefit of avocado: With Vitamin C,E, B5, B6, K and potassium, it is incredibly nutritious to our body. It also loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids and the antioxidants can protect our eyes. Last but not least, it’s high in fiber and low in carbs, which can help us lose weight!
Questions: How to pick the right avocado?
I always look at the 5 warning signs that avocado may turn bad when it comes to picking the right one!
- Overly soft with dented skin
- Blackened skin
- Dark, stringy flesh
- Off flavour or odor
- Mold ( A bit grey on the outside)
Hope that helps!
Benefit of mango:
Promote digestion and healthy gut, clears our skin and aid weight loss by aiding you to feel fuller in a long time!
4. Blueberry Banana Smoothie
One interesting fact about blueberry – it can makes you feel good! I am not kidding here! Packed with anti inflammatory compounds, it’s scientific proof shows that blueberry can reduce pain and increase the production of dopamine!
So yes, try this magical happy smoothie to enjoy your weekends!
5. MATCHA GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE
I mean, who doesn’t love matcha smoothie! Matcha has become one of the hottest trend food ( or powder ) these days and they are truly packed with loads of benefits! Not only it’s high in antioxidants, prevent cancer and boost brain function, but this can also potentially help you lose weight!
In a survey conducted by Oxford Academic in 2008, the report shows that taking green tea extract during moderate exercise increased fat burning by 17%! That’s incredible! No wonder many weight loss supplement will also state that they have added the “Green tea extract” for their products!
If you haven’t tried Matcha smoothie yet? What are you waiting for?
6. Spinach Smoothie
Finally, spinach time!
Let’s be honest, not everyone loves spinach but trust me, with other rich ingredients mixed, spinach smoothie is definitely another level! Spinach is considered a superfood and it’s a nutritious, leafy green. Besides improving eye health and strengthen our heart’s function, this may decrease the oxidative stress too!
When it comes to weight loss benefits, spinach is powerful enough to help convert the bad white “fat” cells into healthy beige cells, which hugely suppress the risk of being obese!
But ladies, always remember don’t eat too much spinach! Due to its rich fiber and nutrients, it may lead to excessive gas and cause bloating! This really depends individually so feel free to explore the right amount for consuming spinach!
7. Kale smoothie
Similar to spinach, kale is a dark leafy greens that help you burn fat fast. The amazing thing about kale is even it’s packed with loads of nutrients, it’s very low in calories yet make you feel full!
So if you are asking me whether kale smoothie can reduce belly fat in long term, here’s my answer: Hell yes!!!
8. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
After three green smoothie recommendations, here’s one of my favorite smoothie – Pumpkin Pie Protein smoothie! Again, pumpkin is packed with Vitamins and antioxidants and yet low in calories. Also, pumpkin is a great source of fiber, which can slow the fluctuation of the blood sugar level, facilitate the bowel’s movement, and smooths digestion.
This pumpkin smoothie is definitely one of my comfort food in winter! Try this recipe out!
9.Skinny Almond Joy Milkshakes
As a huge fan of almond (used to binge eating almond for a long time until realized how high the calories are…), making an almond smoothie is really soothing to me.
The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and thus help weight loss! This is interesting to know that some nutrients in almonds are not easy to breakdown and digest for our body, thus we won’t absorb all the calories from these nuts! (This is a dream comes true, enjoy the food with a “calories discount” )
It’s true that they can be high calories but only when you eat them in a large amount! So no worries, enjoy your almond drink!
10. Cherry-Mocha Smoothie
Last but not least, cheery Mocha smoothie! This looks like dessert to me! You may wonder, cheery and mocha looks yum to me, but can this combination really promote weight loss?
Well, yes! Here are some of their benefits!
Cheery: When it comes to fruits, it’s one of the low calories fruit you can consider. According to USDA, a cup of cherries would be less than 100 calories. Again, it can also boost your metabolism and detox your body!
This drink really saves me some money – whenever I want to order a coffee outside, I will make my own cherry Mocha when I back home instead! I am pretty glad with my change!
So here are the 10 weight loss smoothie recipes! All these smoothies can be made in 10 minutes and with few ingredients so I really hope you guys can try it out! For me, making a smoothie is more than a habit but also a self-care thing, this also serves as a reminder for always taking my body as my first priority because this is simply irreplaceable. After all, we are all we eat, and our skin, hair, and body will slowly reflect our diet in long term.
When I was in my early twenties, I don’t think there are food that can be delicious and healthy at the same time. My breakfast by that time was always the instant oatmeal, huge burger and coffee with loads of sugars. Despite being overweight, I just not feeling happy after eating these artificial sugars, I always wanted to crave for more and that is honestly a bit devastating.
In recent years, I am finally back to normal and finally feel more put together and happy after having my rolled oats + smoothie breakfast for most of the days. It’s not just fulfilling in the stomach but also in the heart.
I know I am talking too long here, but what I am trying to say is – TRY THESE SMOOTHIES OUT IF YOU ARE STILL HESITATING!
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