Did you know that many of the vitamins and nutrient in your food die off during the cooking process? Water soluble vitamins like B, C, and polyphenols are most vulnerable (1).
Therefore, some foods are best eaten raw to make their nutrients more bioavailable. And one of the best ways to eat raw fruits and vegetables is to drink them in smoothies.
5 Delicious Weight Loss Smoothies
To make all the recipes below, combine frozen ingredients first, followed by dry ingredients and liquids. Blend until smooth. Add extra toppings like coconut, granola, or seeds before serving. Enjoy immediately.
1. Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is perfectly sweet and satisfactory while requiring very little prep time. Plus, it’s under 500 calories and contains lot of protein, vitamin C, calcium, and Riboflavin.
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- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 2 tablespoons sliced raw nuts (try Almonds, cashews, or walnuts)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened granola
- 1 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Key Ingredient: Strawberries
Strawberries contain anthocyanins, an anti-inflammatory compound that has positive effects on metabolism and appetite suppression (2).
Dr. Leo Galland explains that this is partly due to fruit’s ability to stimulate metabolism-boosting hormones and its ability to slow down the digestion of starchy foods to help regulate blood sugar (3).
Dr. Eric Rimm, associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study that found that eating three or more servings of 1/2 cup strawberries each week could considerably reduce heart attack risk (5).
2. Pineapple Kale Green Smoothie
This smoothie is a perfect balance of carbs, fats, and proteins (20 grams!) to give you energy, and nourish your muscles. Drink it after working out to lose weight, maintain lean muscle mass, and prevent slow metabolism.
Protein also helps you feel full for longer, stabilizing blood sugar, burn extra calories during digestion, and boost energy expenditure. This smoothie even contains 113% of your daily value of Vitamin A, 130% DV of Vitamin B6, 252% DV of Vitamin C, and 1051% DV of Vitamin K (6).
- 2 cups raw kale leaves, stems removed
- 3/4 cup almond
- 1 banana, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup raw pineapple pieces
- 2 tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
- 1 to 3 tsp honey, to taste
Key Ingredients: Kale and Pineapple
Kale is packed with vitamin A, which improves eye function, improves bone health, and supports cell growth and differentiation (7,8). It’s also full of vitamin C, which prevents heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoarthritis, age-related muscular degeneration, and asthma (9).
3. Turmeric and Ginger Tropical Smoothie
This smoothie incorporates a variety of spices to boost weight loss and flush out toxins. Combined with drinking plenty of water this smoothie will provide noticeable results and prevent overeating.
In terms of nutrients, the smoothie gives a dairy-free calcium kick while also providing copper, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and riboflavin.
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ fresh or frozen banana
- ½ cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
- ½ tsp. each ground turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- A dash of pepper
- A few ice cubes (optional)
Key Ingredients :Ginger And Turmeric
Ginger suppresses appetite while regulation sugar and cholesterol. It also reduces the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that promotes fat storage. Plus, it improves digestion to clear away toxins and fight inflammation.
Turmeric works as well or better than prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. Turmeric is fat-soluble and it promotes weight loss and suppresses fat storage by modifying fat-storing cells into fat-burning ones (11).
4. Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie
This great recipe is perfect for people with a sweet tooth. It’s also vegan and gluten-free while remaining under 400 calories.
Plus, it’s packed with fiber, copper, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin E.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup raw spinach
- 1 cup almond milk
- 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. honey, if needed to sweeten (optional)
Key Ingredients: Cocoa and Banana
Neuroscientist Will Clower, Ph.D. told Women’s Health Magazine that eating chocolate 20 minutes before a meal and five minutes after can suppress your appetite by up to 50 percent (12).
The rich flavonoids in cocoa boost insulin sensitivity to prevent sugar from being stored as fat. It also protects neurons from damage, improves mood, and fights fight bacterial overgrowth in the intestines to improve nutrient absorption (13).
On the other hand, banana contains resistant starch that supports weight loss as it slows digestion, boosts the feeling of fullness and lowers cholesterol. The fruit also feeds good bacteria which in turn metabolize fats (14).
5. Blueberry Avocado Mango Smoothie
This amazing smoothie combines a plethora of superfoods while being creamy and sweet. It’s full of healthy fats that keep you full for hours.
It’s relatively high in calories, coming in at a little over 700 calories, so it should be eaten as a meal instead of a snack. Plus, it’s full of magnesium, Selenium, vitamin B6, and niacin.
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1½ cups mango
- ½ avocado
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
- 1½ – 2 cups coconut water or nut milk
Key Ingredient: Maca
Maca is a root vegetable from Peru that helps boost metabolism while supplying vitamin B, C, E along with calcium, iron, magnesium and much more! It’s also known to treat anemia, regulate the endocrine system, and boost energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility.