Drinking weight loss smoothies is a delicious way to get raw fruits and vegetables into your body. With just a few minutes of preparation, you’ll be sipping a sweet concoction that’s filled to the brim with nutrient-rich ingredients that are going to support healthy weight loss.
Meal replacement shakes are big money in the diet industry. They might help with weight loss, but they’re filled with chemicals and your body doesn’t get the nutrition it needs. (1)
If you’re going to drink your dinner, a smoothie filled with unprocessed, whole foods will help you feel satisfied for longer.
They’re also ultra-hydrating, which is great for digestion and have the added bonus of giving you glowing skin.
Use Weight Loss Smoothies in Addition to a Healthy Diet
Smoothie diets are all the rage right now. They’ll help you lose weight, but what happens when you’re done with the diet and go back to regular food? Most people tend to gain the weight back.
Most restrictive diets are amazing short-term solutions to a weight problem, but they don’t fix the issue of poor diet choices that many people have who are overweight.
Our 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge is a great example of a fast weight loss program that is on the restrictive side, but it ALSO teaches you the healthy habits to keep the weight OFF.
Weight loss smoothies as a meal replacement for one meal a day can support your goals, along with a healthy diet and exercise.
Making your own smoothie is a quick and healthy option to fast or frozen food when you’re in a rush. You can make one in the same amount of time it takes to go through the drive-thru or heat up a microwave dinner.
If you want to add some of your own ingredients to these already delicious recipes, here are a few things you might want to stay away from:
- Store-bought fruit juice. They’re usually full of sugar or chemical sweeteners and have lost the fiber.
- Canned fruits and vegetables. If you can’t find fresh peaches and you are jonesing for a peach smoothie, go frozen instead of canned.
- Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, or sweeteners with high fructose corn syrup.
- Chocolate syrup or artificial flavors
- Non-organic nut butters
Here are 3 delicious weight loss smoothies that are going to make you (somewhat) forget that you’re on a diet!
Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie
You’re probably thinking that there is no way this smoothie is healthy. Elvis Presley died with way too much weight on him, and peanut butter banana chocolate sandwiches were his favorite meal.
I can see why you might be concerned.
This meal replacement weight loss smoothie is packed with protein that will fill you up fast. What you might not know is that cacao nibs are a superfood that’s going to satisfy your chocolate cravings and help you lose weight.
Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cacao tree, and when it hasn’t been totally processed like most of the chocolate we’re used to, it’s nutrient-dense. It’s loaded with phytonutrients, flavonoids, and magnesium.
It also has fiber, which will keep you regular. Research shows that when people consume cocoa bran, they’re less constipated than when they don’t. (2)
People can also get a little freaked out about eating bananas because they’re high-carb fruits. The reality is that they’re a fabulous weight loss food because they’re high in fiber, potassium, and an easily digestible sugar that’s great fuel when working out.
Natural unsweetened peanut butter has 8 grams of protein and lots of monounsaturated fats which are less likely to be stored as fat and great for heart health. Research suggests that high protein diets can help with weight loss because protein can keep us feeling fuller for longer. (3)
This is the perfect banana peanut butter chocolate weight loss smoothie. It really does taste like an ice-cream sundae.
How to Make It
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or milk of your choice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cacao nibs or cacao powder. Add to taste
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter or nut butter of your choice
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey, maple syrup, or sweetener of your choice
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
- Ice (if your banana isn’t frozen)
Throw it all into a blender and drink right away. If you really want to go crazy, throw some chia seeds in for a power-packing superfood booster.
Berry Belly Buster Weight Loss Smoothie
This rich and creamy weight loss smoothie will make you feel like you’re doing something bad when you drink it. It’s a sweet, decadent meal replacement that will keep you satisfied for hours after you drink it.
Greek yogurt has almost twice the protein of regular yogurt, so it’s going to give you a full feeling that will keep cravings at bay. It’s also a good source of probiotics, which are important for promoting healthy gut bacteria.
A study published in Scientific American, along with many other studies, shows that there’s a direct link between gut bacteria and weight loss. They found that skinny people have a good balance of microbes compared to people who are considered obese. (4)
Berries are bursting with fibers that fight belly fat and boost metabolism. They can also help with blood sugar regulation.
The antioxidant properties of chia seeds are going to decrease inflammation and reduce the amount of stress hormones you’ve got going on, which always helps with weight loss. Chia seeds might be tiny, but they are fierce in their ability to support a balanced diet.
You can sprinkle them into or onto just about anything!
You are going to love this weight loss smoothie that will satisfy your sweet tooth and curb your appetite.
How to Make It
- 1 cup of berries (can be frozen, fresh, or a mix of both)
- 1 cup of plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
- ½ to 1 cup of ice, depending on how thick you want it
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Blend well and serve. If you’re vegan, you can substitute the Greek yogurt for a non-dairy version, and some people prefer to use ground chia seeds.
The Creamsicle Weight Loss Smoothie
The thought of drinking a spinach smoothie might make a few people gag, but this one tastes exactly like the creamsicles of your childhood, I promise! It’s a great way to get a couple of servings of raw vegetables in without even trying!
There are dozens of studies that show that spinach isn’t just a supergreen full of nutrients. It can also help reduce food cravings.
Science calls the cravings we get for sweets and junk food hedonic hunger. Our body processes these foods at a faster pace than our hormones that make us feel full can keep up. (5)
The thylakoids in spinach extend digestion, which helps us get rid of the desire to shovel bad carbs down our throats. They’re also appetite suppressors.
Apples are a rich source of pectin, a fiber that’s going to make you feel full longer, as well as keep constipation away.
The diet advice out there about fruit juice has caused many a dieter to have the wrong idea about it. The truth is that store bought orange juice is usually highly processed and basically sugar-filled water with a little bit of coloring and flavor.
Freshly squeezed orange juice with the pulp has fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
How to Make It
This recipe makes at least 2 servings.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 2 to 3 cups destemmed spinach or your favorite green
- Juice from 1 orange
- 1 sliced apple
- 1 chopped carrot
- 2 cups of ice, depending on how thick you want it
Blend and serve immediately. You can add flax or hemp seeds to this smoothie without changing the flavor. If you want a little more orange flavor, add some orange rind zest to the smoothie.
A Weight Loss Plan that Allows Healthy Smoothies
Our 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge is a fast weight loss program that helps our clients lose an average of 10-21 pounds in 21 days and comes with a list of approved foods for your entire 21 days on the program.
Got more weight to lose? No problem! You can repeat the Challenge as many times as you’d like at no additional cost! We have clients that have lost over 70 pounds on our diet within just a few months.
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