Making a smoothie is a great way to enjoy a nutrient-packed snack in just a few minutes. Smoothies are notoriously easy to make and can be enjoyed everywhere. It’s no wonder they are popular diet snacks. The best part about making smoothies is that you can get creative with your recipes. It’s easy to come up with hundreds of great recipes when you have so many fruits, vegetables, and protein powders to choose from. Here are some of our favorite healthy smoothie recipes for weight loss to help you find great new ideas for making this tasty treat. There is one caution we ask you to watch for: smoothies can be a place of high sugar if you are not careful. Fruit in this form is easily absorbable and will increase blood sugar levels. That could in turn, increase hunger and cause low blood sugar levels later on.
Breakfast Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
Let’s start with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Having a smoothie early in the morning will keep you energized, satisfied, and healthy throughout the day. You can pack several vitamins and minerals into a breakfast smoothie. These great recipes encourage weight loss, help keep you healthy, and taste amazing.
1. Berry Me!
This is a classic breakfast staple, now in smoothie form. Instead of having some granola or oatmeal with a cup of fresh berries, blend it into a tasty smoothie and take it with you everywhere you go. Grab some oats, strawberries, and blueberries. Throw them in the blender with a bit of honey, handful of spinach leaves, almond milk, and some ice cubes and mix away. This smooth delight will give you lots of energy to start the day and will only take a few minutes to make.
2. Love PB & J?
Peanut butter is a great source of protein, so having some in the morning makes perfect sense. However, instead of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that is higher in calories, try a peanut butter smoothie. It tastes great and helps you keep your weight loss diet on track. Mix a tablespoon of peanut butter with blueberries, strawberries, Silk™ almond milk, and low-fat yogurt or frozen yogurt. If you want it to be heartier, you can add a ripe banana (but remember, the riper the banana, the higher in sugar) into the mix as well. Add some ice and blend it all together for a healthier but equally tasty breakfast alternative. You can also change it up every now and then by changing the type of berries you use to make this smoothie. For instance, try using raspberries and blackberries instead, or combine your favorite berries, and find the mix you like the most.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
When you feel like you don’t have enough energy to get through the day, a healthy smoothie can give you a sorely needed vitamin boost. It’s incredible how many nutrients you can pack into one cup of deliciousness. Try the recipes below and you’ll see what I mean.
3. Such a Peach
Combine fresh or frozen, unsweetened peaches with skim milk and some flax seed powder. Add a bit of honey and some ice then blend to perfection and enjoy. If you want more fruit you can also add mango cubes and some lemon juice into this tasty mix. Also, if you like your smoothies to be creamier, you can also incorporate a bit of low-fat yogurt into this recipe.
4. One Apple Smoothie a Day…
If you enjoy apple pie you’re going to love this smoothie recipe. Whoever said diet foods were bland didn’t know about apple smoothies. Peel and chop some apples first then put them in the blender. Add some skim milk or almond milk, some low-fat yogurt, and some apple pie spice. Finish the smoothie with a ripe banana and some ice and blend it all together. If you want some extra vitamins, add some baby spinach into the mix.
Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
Green smoothies are a great way to get a vitamin boost and to lose weight at the same time. This doesn’t mean that they have to taste like grass, not by a long shot. The easiest way to make green smoothies that are enjoyable and full of vitamins is to combine fruits and vegetables together for a great experience. We found some tasty recipes that you can easily make when you want to get some nutrients into your system.
5. Fruity Green Smoothie
Don’t really like how vegetable smoothies taste? Then this recipe is for you. Mix some fresh kale and spinach leaves with mango, banana, pineapple, and some lime juice. Add unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk, or skim milk. Add some ice and blend away. Make sure you blend the leafy greens first to get the mixture smooth.
6. Apple Spinach Smoothie
Another great way to bring fruits and veg together in a cup, this smoothie is healthy and tasty. Peel some apples and dice them, then add some spinach leaves. Peel and dice a cucumber and incorporate it into the mix. Add slices of carrot, orange, lemon, and lime. Put some ice cubes in and blend away.
7. Green Giant
This might sound like an odd combination but this all green smoothie is low in sugar and packed full of vitamins, minerals, and flavor. Blend a granny smith apple, one stalk of celery, a green pepper, and a few stalks of green Swiss chard and small amount of fresh parsley. The tart apple and salty celery are delicious together.
Detox Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
Doing a detox cleanse is a great way to help your body feel better and heal. There are many amazing detox smoothies out there that can help you eliminate toxins and lose weight. We found these must-try recipes that were worth mentioning.
8. Berry Puree
Detoxify with a great berry puree smoothie that doesn’t compromise on taste. Grab some frozen pitted cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. Throw them in the blender along with freshly grated ginger, a bit of honey, and some lemon juice. Add unsweetened almond milk into the mix and enjoy your detox smoothie.
9. Kale and Pear Detox Smoothie
Want a strong detox smoothie to kick off your cleanse? Great, we have one for you. Blend up some kale. Add chopped pear, avocado, and cucumber into the blender. Grab half a lemon and incorporate it into the mix. Then grate some fresh ginger in there. Chop up a handful of parsley leaves, then add a scoop of protein powder. It can be any protein powder you want, but hemp or ground flaxseed work great for detox smoothies. Now add some coconut water and blend everything together.
Last step: enjoy!