You don’t have to have the fanciest blender or juicer, so just dust off the blender that you’ve forgotten all winter long and jump into the smoothie game! Smoothies are super healthy, as you can make them without preservatives and add your favorite fresh ingredients, and super fun, as they’re colorful and decadently tasty. These delightful, home-made treats are also perfect as meals or snacks for dieters. Check out these four simple smoothie recipes for weight loss and don’t be afraid to experiment with your own concoctions:
Peanut Butter Smoothie
Although I still consider peanut butter to be one of my guilty pleasures, its richness in monosaturated fats (as opposed to the more dangerous saturated fats found abundantly in animal products) makes it a surprisingly healthy indulgence. This peanut butter smoothie recipe boasts just 363 calories and offers 17 grams of protein, making it the perfect snack to pair with your morning workout.
- 1 medium, ripe banana, frozen and peeled
- ¾ cup skim or soy milk
- 2 Tbsp natural, unsalted peanut butter
- ¼ t pure vanilla extract
Break the frozen bananas into several pieces and place in blender. Add milk, peanut butter, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
This creamy lemon and orange smoothie has been lauded for its belly flattening qualities. More than that, this healthy treat will boost your immune system and keep you energized during both your busy work days and active weekend adventures.
- 1 cup skim or soy milk
- 6oz low-calorie lemon yogurt
- 1 medium orange peeled and deseeded
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed oil (MUFA)
- Handful of ice
Combine milk, yogurt, orange, and ice in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.
Berries didn’t earn their title as a ‘superfood’ lightly. These tiny treasures are low-calorie and loaded with vitamins, the kind of vitamins that contribute to overall heart and brain health. And with a healthy brain, won’t you feel better equipped to utilize your diet willpower! This blackberry and blueberry smoothie is the first recipe you should try when you remember how to use your blender.
- ¼ cup skim or soy milk
- ¾ cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- 1 banana
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
Pour the milk first and then add the yogurt and banana and blend. Once the mix is well blended, add the frozen berries and blend again. Frozen berries make for a thick drink; for a thinner consistency, use berries that are not frozen, or just add a little extra milk.
Green smoothies are all the rage in the weight loss literature and provide so many general health benefits – especially antioxidants!!! – that there’s no reason to argue with the trend. Just try this pomelo-mango-avocado smoothie and you’ll never doubt the flavor or satisfaction of a green smoothie again! Pomelos, the oft-forgotten, yet oh so refreshing, citrus fruit help to load this smoothie with tons of vitamins like phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins C and B1 – B6, while the avocados help to make this smoothie filling enough to serve as a meal.
- 1 pomelo, peeled and deseeded
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 1/4 avocado (without skin and pit)
- 1 head red leaf lettuce
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Note: All recipes are meant for one, but can be consumed as a snack in two smaller servings.
Also, when you start feeling more smoothie adventurous, check out these tips for how to make any smoothie an even healthier addition to your diet routine. You can not only make your everyday refreshments healthier but you can include healthy smoothies in a juice cleanse diet – or they can help you in preparing for one.
This is a guest post by freelance writer and health enthusiast Vic Abrams, a great fan of Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse diets. When not writing, Vic loves to do all kinds of sports, her summer favorites are beach volleyball and kitesurfing.