In a generation that grows more health and fitness conscious by the minute, the most common goal amongst individuals is to now lose weight or achieve their target weight. This focus on weight loss has led to a number of trends and innovations in the healthcare and fitness industry. Ranging from Pilates to weights to aerobics and Zumba in the physical exercise domain and ranging from Keto to Paleo to Intermittent Fasting in diets, people are now targeting incorporation of superfoods into their daily life. One of these superfoods that people have fallen in love with are Smoothies.
Smoothies are commonly used by individuals as meal replacements due to their nutritious value and heavy food categorization. However, smoothies can be loaded with sugar and fats or full of nutrients depending upon the ingredients used. While delicious, smoothies need to be prepared with the right ingredients if you’re using them as superfoods to aid your weight loss plans!
If you’re wondering how one can use smoothies for weight loss, let us tell you – By combining specific ingredients (like kale, spinach, berries, etc.) that help aid digestion, burn fat, decrease inflammation and otherwise help in weight loss, you can enjoy a delicious smoothie which will keep you from snacking again for at least an hour or so.
Having understood the way smoothies can help you achieve weight loss, you must understand that solely using smoothies for weight loss isn’t the best idea. It needs to be paired with a healthy diet regime and a suitable exercise program.
If you’re looking for some healthy smoothie recipes to help you detox and lose weight, you’re in luck! We’ve curated a list of recipes that’ll have you losing weight, feeling full and loving the taste!
Mixed Berries Smoothie:
Ingredients: 1 cup of frozen raspberries, ½ beet (peeled & cooked), 6 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup assorted berries, some granola and chopped, roasted almonds for garnish.
Preparation: Put the raspberries, assorted berries, beet, and almond milk into a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and top with some more berries (if desired), almonds and granola and enjoy!
Peach Paradise Smoothie:
Ingredients: 1 cup frozen peaches, ½ cup of chopped summer squash, 1/4 cup of coconut water and for garnish some orange pieces, pepitas, roasted almonds, and toasted coconut chips.
Preparation: Put the peaches, squash, and coconut water into a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and top with some oranges, pepitas, and coconut if desired.
Strawberry & Cinnamon Smoothie:
Ingredients: 1 small ripe banana (frozen and chopped), 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup (6 ounces) vanilla nonfat Greek-style yogurt, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon (Powdered).
Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and top with some freshly sliced strawberries or cinnamon sticks if desired.
Peanut butter – Banana – Cinnamon Smoothie!
The holy trinity of superfoods come together to make this delicious smoothie for you!
Ingredients: 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or skimmed milk), 1 large frozen banana (cut into chunks), 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon honey (optional) and 3 ice cubes (optional).
Preparation: Put the milk, banana, peanut butter, cinnamon powder, and honey (if opted for) in a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. To this, add the ice cubes (if desired) and pulse until the ice is crushed. Pour into a glass and top with some cinnamon powder or banana pieces for garnish.
Pineapple - Spinach - Avocado Super-Smoothie!
We know you were waiting for the green smoothies to come in!
Ingredients: ¾ cups of water, 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks (thawed), 1 medium ripe avocado halved and pitted, 2 cups spinach (chopped) and ½ cup of ice cubes (optional).
Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and top with some pineapple pieces for garnish if desired.
Blueberries & Seeds Smoothie:
Ingredients: 1 ½ cups to 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water (depending upon your preferences), 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries, 1 ½ cup frozen bananas (chopped), ¼ cup almond butter and ¼ cup of oats and 2 tablespoons flax seed (the seeds are optional but recommended)
Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and top with some berries or seeds or both for garnish if desired. If you require an additional sweetener, you can add honey as per your taste.
Banana & Raspberry Smoothie:
Ingredients: 1 ½ cup of frozen raspberries, 1 ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup assorted berries, 1 ½ cup frozen bananas (chopped), ¼ cup almond butter and some granola (optional for garnish)
Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and top with some more berries (if desired and granola and enjoy!
Matcha Green Tea Smoothies:
Can’t be talking about detox without mentioning this one, can we?!
Ingredients: 1 large mango (frozen & chunked), 2 frozen bananas (chunked), 2 large handfuls spinach (chopped), 2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder and 1 cup light coconut milk (or almond milk).
Preparation: Put the milk in the blender along with the matcha green tea powder and spinach. Blend for 5 seconds. Then add the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Garnish with matcha green tea powder or mango pieces if desired.
The Go-Getter Green Smoothie:
Ingredients: 1to 1 ½ cups of ice (optional), 1 medium banana (fresh or frozen), 2 handfuls of spinach (or greens of choice) (chopped), ½ avocado (chopped), 1 ½–2 cups unsweetened almond milk and 2 scoops protein powder of choice (optional).
Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree to a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy the ultimate detox smoothie!
The Berry Chocolate Smoothie:
Ingredients: 1 to 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4 cup frozen bananas (chopped), 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened dark sweet berries (cherries, raspberries, strawberries, any berries of choice), 2- 2 ½ teaspoons cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon almond butter, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional), 2-2 ½ teaspoons chia seeds and 1-1 ½ teaspoon dark chocolate chips.
Preparation: Put all the ingredients except the chia seeds and dark chocolate chips in the blender and puree to a thick and smooth consistency. Add the chocolate chips and chia seeds, mix well and pulse a bit. Pour into a glass and enjoy this heavenly delight!