- by Claudia
I have been looking for healthier means to lose weight. Luckily, there are a lot of options to reduce body fat without depriving ourselves of essential vitamins and minerals. Smoothies are one of them. For starters, you can mix and match fruits and other healthy foods. In addition, it's also an incredible substitute for pseudo-healthy drinks with tons of sugars and preservatives. Moreover, smoothies help preserve up to 21% of fiber from food sources according to Nutrition Facts. If you are still in the market for a healthy weight loss regimen, then here are the best healthy smoothie recipes that you should try to gain nutrients and lose weight.
1. Oat Berry Smoothie
Oatmeal is extremely nutritious and especially relevant, but some may find it hard to eat. First of all, this smoothie recipe blends in this fiber-rich food with different berries full of vitamins, minerals, and even antioxidants to form a refreshing drink that's good for your body as a result.
- One and a half cup of frozen or fresh mixed berries (blueberry, strawberry or raspberry)
- One cup of nonfat milk (Soy Milk is a great alternative)
- Half cup of oatmeal
With approximately 350 calories, this recipe is good for two servings of smoothies packed with unsaturated fats, proteins, and fibers for faster metabolism and healthier digestion. In addition, the Dairy Council of California reports that oatmeal helps decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or “bad cholesterol” by 10-15%.
2. The Green Smoothie
First of all, as the name suggests, this recipe consists of green leafy vegetables like parsley, cucumber, and mint. These leafy food sources are known to reduce the risks of heart attacks and certain cancers based on the report by Vegetarian Nutrition. This smoothie is a delightful drink ideally taken after any meal.
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 and a half cup cucumber
- A few leaves of mint
- 1 and 1/2 cup water
You may substitute water with coconut water for more flavor, but this would also mean a few calories added to its nutritional value. Moreover, getting enough fiber to reach your daily requirement is the best benefit you can get in sipping this earthy, green drink as a result.
3. Apple Smoothie
Although, this smoothie may taste like your ideal dessert, but it won't make you feel guilty. First of all, the trick is to freeze slices of apples overnight and add Greek Yogurt to taste. Furthermore, adding frozen bananas will even make it richer, and some dates will provide natural sweetness as a result.
- 1 and 1/2 cup of frozen apples
- 1/2 cup of frozen bananas
- ½ cup of nonfat milk or 3 teaspoons of Greek Yogurt
In addition, Organic Facts also suggest that this smoothie will help improve digestion, prevent gallstones, and helps keep your eyes healthy. Secondly, this refreshment contains only a little over 250 calories which
4. Choco-Peanut Butter Smoothie
This may sound unhealthy to you, but it’s far from it. First of all, peanut butter combined with dark chocolates will satisfy your daily requirement for unsaturated fats and antioxidants for a healthy weight loss regime as a result.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 bar of dark chocolate without sugar
- 2 cups nonfat or soy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In addition, throwing in a medium sized banana will not only make it taste good but also provides enough potassium to keep your heart beating healthy as a result. Moreover,
5. Ginger Pineapple Smoothie
You may never put ginger in your drink, but you will after knowing about the Ginger Pineapple Smoothie. First of all, combining ginger with pineapple balances the flavors yet retains its anti-inflammatory properties. Also, you get the nutrients from pineapples that help lower your cholesterol level as a result.
- 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
- 1 and 1/2 cup diced pineapple
- 1/2 cup lime juice
In addition, to maximize its fat loss potential, try adding a dash of cayenne pepper. Cayenne Pepper Guide says this spice is responsible for preventing certain cancers and can immediately stop a heart attack in 30 seconds. Also, if you have a sensitive stomach, I suggest you take this after your light lunch. Although, remember that acids in pineapple and lime juice may cause stomach discomfort as a result.
6. Detox Green Smoothie
This smoothie is the best way to detox your body with loads of nutrients and minerals deliciously. While we understand, eating greens will not smoothly go down our throats, this recipe will change the way we see detox.
- 2 stalks Tuscan or Jacinto kale
- 1 cup spinach or other greens
- 1 medium sized cucumber
- 1/2 cup lemon or pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup water
In addition, for an exceptional aroma, add a couple of mint leaves. Mind Body Green says that the presence of kale in this smoothie makes it rich in Vitamin K, iron, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids that prevent arthritis, asthma, and autoimmune disorders as a result.
7. Blueberry Cinnamon Smoothie
Organic Authority says that the cinnamon in this smoothie helps lower blood sugar levels by up to 30%. This smoothie makes a perfect match to the fibers, vitamin B6, phytonutrients and vitamin C found in blueberries.
In addition, you get to enjoy the earthy aroma of cinnamon as a result.
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 medium apple, diced
- 2 dry dates
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup almond or soy milk
This recipe is good for two servings and is best taken every after a meal. In addition, frozen bananas and unflavored yogurt are great additions to this refreshing drink. Furthermore, as it only contains about 240 calories per serving, you can drink it without adding extra weight as a result.
8. Nutty Avocado Smoothie
This smoothie can fill you up with monounsaturated fats found in avocados and nuts. Thanks to Organic Facts, we all know that avocados are rich in fatty acid content but contain extremely low levels of cholesterol. On the other hand, nuts are the best source of fibers, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamin E.
- 1 and 1/2 cup
- 1/2 cup wall nuts, almonds, cashews or chestnuts
- 1 cup of nonfat milk
- Honey to taste
Moreover, this creamy smoothie is best during the mornings, but it's also ideal after any meal. For the best results, try substituting one of your snacks with this smoothie. Since it has less than 300 calories, you will never go beyond your daily calorie limit as a result.
9. SAS Smoothie
First of all, have you ever thought that apples, strawberries, and spinach would be a perfect match? This smoothie is especially relevant as it combines three
- 1 handful of baby spinach
- 1 medium size apple
- 6 pcs strawberries
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
In addition, as a healthier option, you can add flax seeds. According to The Food Revolution Network, flax seeds can heal your arteries, protect you from radiation toxicity, and reduce risks of having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as a result.
10. Vanilla Smoothie
After a strenuous cardio exercise, a glass of vanilla smoothie can help you relax and hydrate as a result. First of all, this drink is a combination of banana, vanilla extract, milk and other healthy foods with immense quantities of vitamins and minerals essential for bodily functions.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 pieces fresh dates
Moreover, for bodybuilders, adding a cup of vanilla protein powder will be an excellent option. Protein powders are especially relevant as they can quickly build your torn muscles. In addition, Nutrition Secrets reports that proteins are also responsible for the production of enzymes and hormones that your body requires to function normally as a result.
11. Raspberry Coconut Smoothie
First of all, this tropical inspired smoothie showcases the wonders of antioxidants, vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid in raspberries. Moreover, Berry Health adds that raspberries also contain ketones popular in Japan as a weight loss supplement. Furthermore, the lactose-free property of coconut milk is best for lactose intolerant individuals.
- 2 cups of frozen or fresh raspberries
- 1 medium size frozen banana
- 1 and 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 teaspoon of shredded coconut
If you want to elevate this drink into a super healthy smoothie, try adding chia seeds. It comes from a plant in the mint family and is so popular as a gluten-free source of fibers and omega 3 fatty acids.
12. Apple Carrot Smoothie
- 2 carrots peeled and diced
- 2 medium size apples
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
This recipe is good for 2-3 persons with approximately 270 calories per serving.
13. Pineapple Coco Wheatgrass Smoothie
First of all, you may need a certain degree of determination to shove down a pure wheatgrass smoothie down your throat. However, adding a pineapple and coconut water can mellow down the taste of this smoothie. Aside from the benefits that pineapple and coconut water offers, you get to enjoy a significant amount of chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, and magnesium from wheatgrass as a result.
- 2 cups of diced pineapple
- 1 pack of wheatgrass
- 8 oz coconut water
- 1 cup baby spinach
- Honey to taste
Thanks to National Health Services in the UK, we now know that wheatgrass was first found in the 1930’s by US chemist Charles Schnabel.
14. Pomegranate Smoothie
If you’re sick and tired of the usual smoothies every day, why not try Pomegranate Smoothie. First of all, this seasonal fruit is rich in flavor and blends very well with apple, pear, and even chocolate. Also,studies suggest that it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, B5, potassium, and dietary fiber. Moreover, it also contains antioxidants that inhibit viral infection and reduce high blood pressure as a result.
- 1 and 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 small apple sliced
- A Handful of cilantro or basil
- 1/2 carrot diced
Organic Facts enumerates the health benefits of pomegranate including being the cure for stomach disorders, cancer, dental conditions, osteoarthritis, anemia, and diabetes is especially noteworthy.
15. Pumpkin Smoothie
First of all, if you think pumpkins are just for Halloween, think again. When mixed with various fruits and ingredients, they make great smoothies as a result. Dailyburn reports that a cup of boiled pumpkins
- 1 cup of pumpkin, boiled and mashed
- 1 medium apple
- 1 banana
- 1 cup coconut water
- A pinch of cinnamon to taste
In addition, there are unlimited variations that you can do with a pumpkin smoothie. As long as it feels right for you, you’re good to go.
16. Sunshine Smoothie
Oranges are famous and most noteworthy for their juice. But what many people don’t know is that they are excellent fruits for smoothies as well. By just adding some yogurt or fresh nonfat milk, you can refresh yourself with a sunshine smoothie.
- 5 oranges, peeled and seeded
- 4-6 pieces ice cubes
- 1/4 cup of yogurt or almond or soy milk
- A dash of sea salt to taste
Moreover, according to the World’s Healthiest Food, oranges contain vitamin C that strengthens your immune system. In addition, it offers the most significant protection against esophageal, or laryngeal cancers. Now, next time you feel like you need an orange juice, why not do a smoothie instead?
17. Stomach Friendly Smoothie
If you always feel bloated with digestion problems, this smoothie would be perfect for you. First of all, it combines all the health benefits of ginger, fennel, spirulina and other ingredients to ease digestion. In addition, most of its ingredients also contain chlorophyll which helps increase healthy blood function.
- 1/2 cup cucumber
- 3 tablespoon chopped fennel
- 1/4 teaspoon spirulina
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 4 mint leaves
Herb Wisdom gives us more information about spirulina. It's a simple one-celled microscopic blue-green alga cultivated worldwide and popular as a dietary supplement. Given the fact, it's rich in iron, magnesium,`and Vitamin B12 it’s indeed essential for healthy nerves and tissues.
18. Beet Strawberry Smoothie
This smoothie is as delicious as it looks. First of all, the combination of beets and strawberries give this smoothie a bright pink color making it more pleasing to the eye. Aside from being visually gratifying, it's also a rich source of fiber, manganese, vitamin C and folate. Moreover, according to Global Healing Center, it reduces the risk of birth defects.
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 cup frozen strawberries, diced
- 1 medium beet, scrubbed and diced
Adding a piece of frozen banana will make this smoothie a lot thicker and richer as a result. If you prefer a sweeter version, you can add a couple of dates or a teaspoon of honey. Most noteworthy is the fact that each serving of this refreshment will not go beyond 200 calories.
19. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
Are Peanut Butter and Jelly your favorite childhood sandwich? You might get high by its smoothie version that will not only keep you refreshed but most of all it will also sustain you for the rest of the day. Its main ingredients include berries, peanut butter, and oats. Consequently, this smoothie is packed with lots of protein will help you grow muscles while enjoying your old time favorite flavors.
- 1 cup of frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
- 2 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup soy milk
- 2 teaspoon oats
In addition, throwing in some oats will substantially increase the fiber content of this smoothie. Moreover, according to Whole Grain Council oats boost the growth of hormones, improve the immune system, and reduces the risk of asthma and other respiratory issues
20. Strawberry-Grapefruit Citrus Detox Smoothie
It's yet another combination that you may not have thought about but makes an interestingly healthy smoothie. Moreover, according to Natural Society, grapefruit is famous for its cleansing powers. Just like other watery foods, it supports the optimum function of kidneys and liver. Also, it contains fibers that
- 1 regular grapefruit, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen or fresh
- 1 medium size banana
- 1 cups baby spinach
Also, this recipe is good for two servings with about 250 calories. It's best to have this smoothie right after your regular meal. In addition, depending on your preferred consistency, you may add water or milk.
21. Cranberry Sauce Smoothie
First of all, cranberries may be small, but when it comes to the benefits they offer, they are immense. In fact, this recipe is very easy and fast to make. In addition, Runner's World reports that cranberries contain phytochemicals that prevent bacteria from sticking and multiplying, which leads to improved urinary tract health as a result.
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or soy milk
- 3/4 cup cranberry sauce ( cranberry juice can be an alternative)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 3/4 cup ice
Moreover, drinking this smoothie will let you enjoy a delicious refreshment without the guilt of a high-calorie meal. In addition, each serving of this smoothie has less than 200 calories.
22. Post-Gym Smoothie
If you're a fitness maniac and go to the gym regularly, having this smoothie after every session can help relax your muscles and replenish energy as a result. Moreover, the ingredients of this smoothie contain all essential nutrients and minerals like fiber and protein perfect for an active individual.
- 2 cups of kale, fresh
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup pineapple
According to Whole Foods, the presence of kale in this smoothie makes it a great armor against high cholesterol level in the blood. In addition, what’s most noteworthy is the fact that kale also has 45 different flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties and detoxification properties.
23. Immune Booster Smoothie
Do you get common colds easily? If yes, then this immune booster smoothie might just be for you. It's no surprise that the ingredients of this smoothie contain tons of Vitamin C that help your body fight infection and strengthens your immune system as a result. In addition, The Health Site adds that vitamin C also helps you gain fairer and smoother skin.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 oranges, peeled and seeded
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds soaked in water
- Water to adjust consistency
Moreover, each serving of this smoothie has about 330 calories and gives your more than your daily requirement of vitamin C and A as a result.
24. Energy Smoothie
If you like a cup of coffee to power your day or boost your energy, better switch to this energy smoothie. First of all, this powerful combination of fruits and vegetables can give you energy that can last the whole day. Consequently, this smoothie will also help you reach your daily requirements for calcium, iron, protein, and vitamins A and C.
- 1 medium apple
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 stalk celery
- 8 oz coconut water
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon honey to taste
With about 300 calories per serving, this smoothie is an excellent alternative to your afternoon snacks or post meal refreshment. Moreover, according to BBC Good Food, adding spinach comes with several health benefits like the ability to restore energy, increase vitality, and improve the quality of the blood as a result.
25. The Ultimate Weight Loss Smoothie
First of all, this recipe can serve as a meal replacement. With lower calories, you will finally see the indicator on your weight machine moving to the left all while keeping your body healthy. It's also rich in fiber that helps speeds up your metabolism as a result. All the ingredients have essential vitamins and minerals needed for your basic bodily functions. As a result, you can maintain a healthy body while enjoying this amazing drink.
- 8 oz coconut water
- 1 large Fuji Apple, cored
- A tablespoon of shredded coconut
- 2 handful of fresh spinach
- 1cup of plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds
In addition, according to Healthline, a cup of plain Greek yogurt can help you meet the recommended dietary guideline of three daily servings of low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Most of all, it's also a great source of calcium for stronger bones.
Smoothies are very easy to make. Just throw all ingredients in a blender or food processor and you’re good to go. Thus, there's no valid excuse for you not to prefer the healthier option to replenish fluids in your body. With all these tasty and interesting recipes, I’m sure you will never get tired of enjoying a glass of smoothie every single day as a result.
Did you enjoy this article? Did you drink any of the smoothies on the list and seen that it's an effective way to losing weight? Do you have other recipes that are not on our list? Please let us know by leaving a comment below. We will be glad to receive inputs from our readers. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends and inspire them to go healthy by choosing a tasty smoothie.
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