Three Fruit Veggie Smoothies

Seems like smoothies are the latest fade. But did you know that you can rev up your metabolism and turn your body into a fat burning machine? That’s right smoothies really can help with losing weight. You don’t really need to do much in terms of changing your lifestyle. Just add a few smoothies in as meal replacements and you are well on your way.

For many the issue is boredom. You get tired of making the same old smoothies over and over again. That’s where we come in. All you need is a blender. We have the perfect weight loss smoothies listed below. Remember all of these weight loss smoothies will turbocharge your metabolism and cut out unnecessary calories. In the end you will find that with a higher metabolism, fewer calories, and exercise all the unwanted stubborn fat will start to melt away.

So what ingredients should be in these weight loss smoothies?

When it comes to smoothies for weight loss you have tons of choices for ingredients. Some of the more common ingredients that tend to be in smoothies for weight loss are:

Low Sugar Content: This is a big one. Though a lot of women have added smoothies to their eating, many are still using too much sugar. Fruit makes the best base for smoothies. Be careful not to add too much sugar or sugar alternatives. A little bit of honey or orange juice is okay but even too much of those will give you unwanted empty calories.

Fiber: Yes you’ve probably heard it said before that is key for weight loss. Adding fiber to your smoothies is definitely a plus. Soluble fiber helps keep your gut bacteria healthy and promotes overall fat loss by reducing your appetite. In short, adding fiber to your smoothie makes it great for losing weight.

Protein powder: This is a tricky one because while protein is important you really need to be careful not to add too much drink. Making a smoothie with too much protein can turn a healthy smoothie into a not so healthy one. Make sure you are adding the proper amount per your weight. Protein powders are low in sugar, low in calories and high in protein.

Fats: We know adding fats to your weight loss smoothie just sounds nasty. In reality you need to add them to your diet. Healthy fats like avocados and nut butters help keep you full longer so that you don’t overeat.

Do smoothies actually help you lose weight?

The smoothies themselves don’t cause you to lose weight. Weight loss smoothies are called such because when you replace your normal meals with a smoothie you tend to lose weight. On “The Smoothie Diet,” Danielle from Houston, TX lost 8 pounds in only 1 week! Danielle used “The Smoothie Diet” Weight Loss Program which teaches you how to easily make smoothies for rapid weight loss.

Sarah said, “I’ve never seen the weight come off like this. I really love this diet. It’s more like a life overhaul! I have more energy than I’ve had in years and my skin is actually glowing!” Sarah used the Smoothie Diet and lost 3 pounds in 3 days.

Jade from Buffalo, NY was able to lose her stubborn belly fat and get rid of her love handles. She did the smoothie diet for 21 days and lost an amazing 12 pounds. “I’ve been trying forever to lose that last 10-15lbs and tone up and that’s exactly what happened so I am very happy.”

Weight Loss Smoothie Recipes in All Flavors

If you don’t need a weight loss smoothie diet like “The Smoothie Diet Program” just make your own smoothies and exercise. The weight should still come off. For those just looking for amazing smoothies here are just a few of the ones we love from the book Zero Belly Smoothies.

Romaine Lettuce & Spinach

When you think of lettuce the first thing that usually comes to mind is probably a salad, not a smoothie. However, Romaine lettuce is probably one of the more nutritious vegetables out there. It’s high in fiber and because it’s made of mostly water, it makes this lettuce smoothie a real thirst-quencher.

  • 1 cup of Romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ unpeeled apple, seeded and quartered
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Water to blend (optional)

Almond Butter & Banana

Our daughter just loves almond butter. Not sure where it came from but she just can’t seem to ever get enough almond butter and Nutella. Almond butter is made from dry-roasted almonds and some palm fruit oil. The palm oil really allows for the butter to spread so easily. 

  • 2 teaspoons almond butter
  • ¾ frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

Sweet & Spicy Cherry Tabasco 

If you love cherries and don’t mind a little kick of Tabasco this will sure to please. The sweetness of the cherry helps soften the kick from the Tabasco. One of our favorites but of course we love spicy things and cherries.

  • ½ cup pitted cherries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce (add more or less as needed)
  • ¼ lime
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Water to blend (optional)

Banana, Sweet Potato and Cinnamon

It may sound a little much for the average person but trust us this is a winner. Both the sweet potatoes and bananas add starch. The cinnamon comes in and helps stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes in starchy drinks.

  • ½ peeled cooked sweet potato cooled
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Raspberry and Chocolate Smoothie

Decadent Raspberry Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie

Well some of us just love both raspberries and chocolate so this was a dream come true. Not only does it taste great but is loaded with natural, healthy and unprocessed ingredients. From the raw cocoa powder to the raspberries this is a great smoothie to have post-workout. If you want you can even add a plant-based protein powder. These weight loss smoothie has vitamin C and B.

  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 10 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (optional)

Cashew & Coconut Protein Smoothie

Looking for that weight loss smoothie that has the perfect balance of fat, carbs, and protein? Well this is the one for you, (if you aren’t allergic to nuts). Try this early in the morning to substitute for your breakfast. You could probably drink this every morning and still never get tired of it. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

  • 1 tablespoon of cashew butter
  • 1 scoop of Espresso Dynamic Greens
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (full fat)
  • ½ cup ice cubes

All Hail Kale Smoothie

Great tasting kale smoothie recipe here. If you are looking to make it a meal replacement you are going to need to add a bit of protein powder. If you don’t particularly like the taste of protein powder or find it changes the taste too much don’t add it. You can still drink this for breakfast but pair it with something light that has protein such as an omelet. The recipe below is for three servings.

  • 1 very ripe frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • ¾ cup spinach
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¾ cups kale with stems removed
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 8 ounces water
  • 4-6 ice cubes

The Pink Lady Smoothie

When it comes to apples the Pink Lady is one of the best for nutrients. These apples have a sweet-tart taste to them falling more on the tart side than sweet. They were developed by a man named John Cripps of Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture. This smoothie combines the Pink Lady with cinnamon and vanilla flavors to give you one remarkable drink.

  • ½ Pink Lady peeled, seeded and quartered
  • ¼ frozen banana
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
  • 3-4 dashes of ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Water to blend

Peach Banana Blend

When it comes to fruits nothing could be more yin and yang than peaches and bananas. Bananas provide you with all the fiber and rich consistency while peaches have very few calories and antioxidants. This smoothie will surely get you going and is light for a snack.

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • Water to blend 

Smoothies the Jack of All Trades

Weight loss smoothies can really be a lot of things when you think about it. They can be cold and refreshing, a pre or post workout drink, a thick and creamy type of low calorie dessert or even a perfectly balanced breakfast or lunch.  For some they have even found a way for smoothies to be their comfort food.

Remember, however, that fruits are usually the base of all smoothies for weight loss. Much like people, fruits come in all sizes, colors, and shapes. Some are super sweet and others just really bitter. Finding that perfect blend makes it easier to supplement your meals with drinks that will help you lose weight. For weight loss you can either substitute your meals for smoothies or add them as an accompanying drink. If you want a smoothie to substitute your meals make sure you are getting the needed vitamins and protein in your drink or in other forms throughout the day.