The Best Smoothies for Weight Loss

Best Smoothies for Weight Loss

Losing weight can be difficult, and though people often blame a lack of willpower for plateaus and regained pounds, sometimes the problem is that many are seriously undernourished when following weight-loss diets. When you replace unhealthy snacks and meals with green smoothies, even if it’s just once or twice a day, you will discover that excess pounds seem to melt away without drastically altering your diet.

The nutrients these powerful smoothies contain ensure that your body’s cells are able to function at an optimal level, even though you are taking in fewer calories. As a result, you keep on burning energy rapidly. On a standard weight-loss diet that simply relies on reduced caloric intake, the lack of proper nutrition can cause the body to believe it is starving. When that happens, you burn calories at a greatly reduced pace. This metabolic process is deeply ingrained in our DNA; long ago, when food was often scarce, our bodies learned to conserve calories during lean times.

The recipes in this article have been designed to help nourish your body while promoting feelings of fullness and satisfying cravings. Each contains protein as well as a small amount of healthy fat, plenty of fiber, and enough calories to prevent your metabolism from slowing. While these smoothies will help you manage your dietary intake and reset your taste buds so you crave healthy options rather than junk food, increasing your physical activity will help you lose weight even faster.

Chia Champion

Chia seeds have been used as food since 3500 BCE. Once a staple of native people who inhabited the southwestern United States and Mexico, these little seeds provide concentrated calories and protein. A single tablespoon is packed with 2 grams of protein, 5 grams of carbohydrate, and a little over 3 grams of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Soaking these seeds changes their texture and makes them easily digestible.

1 CUP GREEN TEA, CHILLED

1 BANANA, PEELED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS

1 CUP RASPBERRIES

2 TEASPOONS CHIA SEEDS, SOAKED IN WATER FOR 30 MINUTES

2 CUPS CHOPPED RED OR GREEN LEAF LETTUCE, LOOSELY PACKED

Blend all ingredients together, adding a little more tea if the mixture is too thick, then pour into a glass and enjoy. If you are avoiding caffeine, you can use filtered water or caffeine-free herbal tea to replace the green tea in this recipe.

Peach Power

Not only do peaches add their signature color to smoothies, they also provide a smorgasbord of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. With just 40 calories per medium peach, these luscious little fruits contain a mere 9 grams of sugar, yet they taste as if they contain much more. This recipe also incorporates nutritious mangoes and protein-rich almond milk, along with mild-tasting baby bok choy.

1 CUP UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK

1 MANGO, PEELED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS

1 PEACH, PITTED AND QUARTERED

1 CUP CHOPPED BABY BOK CHOY

Blend all ingredients together, adding a little more almond milk if the mixture is thicker than you’d like it to be, then pour into your favorite glass and enjoy. This recipe is fantastic with frozen fruit or fresh.

Minty Melon

Honeydew melon has a light, sweet taste and a consistency that’s somewhat like a cantaloupe. This delicious fruit provides a significant amount of vitamins and minerals, along with a healthy helping of antioxidants. The alfalfa sprouts in this recipe contain a high level of protein that will provide you with a feeling of satisfaction.

1 CUP PEPPERMINT TEA, CHILLED

1 CUP HONEYDEW MELON, PARED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO CHUNKS

3-INCH CUCUMBER SEGMENT, UNPEELED, WELL WASHED, AND SLICED

½ CUP ALFALFA SPROUTS

1 CUP CHOPPED BUTTER LETTUCE

Blend all ingredients together, adding more peppermint tea if you’d like a thinner consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy. For additional mint flavor, add 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves to the recipe. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add a few drops of natural stevia extract.

Melon Madness

Romaine lettuce is the perfect green for light-tasting smoothies. With a very mild flavor and just 106 calories in an entire head, it is 17 percent protein and contains all 8 essential amino acids. This refreshing lettuce is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin A, and it contains plenty of essential minerals.

1 CUP WATER

1 CUP HONEYDEW MELON, PARED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO CHUNKS

1 CUP CANTALOUPE, PARED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO CHUNKS

2 TEASPOONS CHIA SEEDS, SOAKED FOR 30 MINUTES

2 CUPS CHOPPED ROMAINE LETTUCE

Blend all ingredients together, adding more water if you prefer a thinner consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy. If you are craving an icy blended smoothie, freeze your melon chunks before adding them.

Watermelon Slush

Abundant during the hot summer months, watermelon is a wonderfully hydrating fruit that offers plenty of potassium, beta carotene, and lycopene. Seedless water-melons are easy to eat, but they are often less flavorful than those with seeds. Since watermelon seeds are very high in protein, and they are pulverized when blended, they make a valuable addition to smoothies.

1 CUP WATER OR HERBAL TEA, CHILLED

2 CUPS WATERMELON, CUT INTO CHUNKS

½ CUCUMBER, UNPEELED, WELL WASHED, AND SLICED

2 TEASPOONS CHIA SEEDS, SOAKED FOR 30 MINUTES

4 ICE CUBES

Blend all ingredients together, pour into a favorite glass, and enjoy a fantastic summer time treat. This recipe is great for showcasing the flavor of any melon. Simply replace the watermelon with honeydew melon or cantaloupe for a refreshing, low-calorie treat.