Top 10 Healthy Smoothies for Weight Loss

Smoothies can be an unbelievably delicious and easy way for you to grab nutrients while on the go. Oftentimes they are loaded with lots of sugar and fat, which means that they are not always the healthiest thing for you to consume. Fortunately for you, there are several homemade smoothie recipes which are full of nutrients and can even help you to shed some unwanted pounds. Yes, that’s right! Healthy smoothies for weight loss really do exist!

By choosing the right ingredients for your smoothies, ingredients that help aid digestion, burn fat, decrease inflammation, and so much more, you can create a weight loss smoothie that will not have you starving for something to eat in an hour’s time.

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What Really Are Smoothies?

Smoothies are drinks which are made from pureed raw fruit and/or vegetables, typically using a blender. They often have a liquid base such as water, fruit juice, milk, or yogurt.

The raw fruits or vegetables give smoothies dietary fiber which make them thicker alternatives to fruit juice.

You can sip your way to a healthier breakfast by blending your own smoothie each morning. Healthy smoothies can get your day started off right by packing in nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables, as well as protein-filled yogurt and milk for an energy boost that will keep you going until lunch time. And unlike what you might get from store-bought options, home-made smoothies prioritize actual produce instead of the juices, sorbets and sweeteners used in stores, that can add tons of sugar to your cup of smoothie.

You may be wondering if sticking to smoothies alone can help you to lose weight? Not necessarily. Homemade smoothie recipes can give your body specific nutrients that will help you to keep up during workouts, maintain your energy levels, and make sure all that hard work pays off. Also, with superfoods like spinach and kale, and sweet ingredients like strawberries, mango, and pineapple, homemade smoothies can sustain you for a few hours, and have you ready to conquer whatever the day has in store for you.

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Smoothie Preparation Tips

When using fruit to make your smoothie, frozen fruit is best to use. It blends up thicker than fresh fruit and gives you a nice, cold smoothie to enjoy after blending. If you do not have any frozen fruit, you should freeze your fresh fruit for 30 minutes before blending or add about 1 cup of ice and blend until it is smooth. If you have no frozen components at all, your smoothie won’t taste chilly and refreshing!

When using bananas, they should be peeled, broken into quarters and ideally frozen at least 12 hours before using. You can allow the bananas to get very ripe, so that the flavors and sugar are fully developed before you freeze them. Whenever you have extra ripe bananas, try to peel them, break them into quarters and then freeze them in a freezer bag so that you have them on hand to make smoothies.

To thicken smoothies, peanut butter, almond butter, unsweetened Greek yogurt, or vanilla yogurt are all great options. About 1/2 cup of any one of these is an ideal portion size. To get thinner smoothies, you can either lessen the amount of thickener or skip it all together.

Almond milk is great for an additional nutty flavor, but coconut milk pairs well with a tropical smoothie and gives a richer, creamier flavor. Whole milk or fruit juice also work very well. 1 1/4 cup of liquid usually makes the perfect consistency, unless you prefer a thinner smoothie.

Spinach or kale can provide additional nutrition, while flax seeds add omega-3s to your smoothie. Flavors such as fresh mint, vanilla extract, cinnamon, or honey will provide even more enhancements.

To make sure nothing goes to waste, you should store your ingredients in freezer-safe bags or containers for up to nine months. Smoothies can separate within a few hours in the fridge, so you should mix everything up when you’re ready to drink.

If you need to prepare drinks ahead of time, adding a teaspoon of lemon juice before refrigerating can prevent oxidation.

(And if you’re looking for a complete life transformation over the next 3 weeks by simply drinking smoothies, check out The Smoothie Diet 21-Day Program here)

Ready to make your own smoothie? Of all the healthy smoothie options out there, these are my 10 favorite recipes which can be ready to drink in just a few minutes…..


Top 10 Healthy Smoothies for Weight Loss

1. Basic Blueberry Smoothie

Basic Blueberry Smoothie
Delicious Blueberry Smoothie

This is a creamy, nutritious, and delicious smoothie which is best enjoyed cold. It will keep you satisfied for hours and offers 10 grams of protein and fiber per serving.

The blueberries are ideal for weight loss because they are naturally sweet but low in fat and calories. Scientific research has also shown that eating berries earlier in the day can prevent you from overindulging in the hours right afterwards.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups to 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water
  • 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 ½ cup frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • (optional) ¼ cup old-fashioned oats and/or 2 tablespoons flax seed

Preparation:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend on ‘low’ until the blender gains traction, then increase to the highest speed as soon as possible.
  • Stop to scrape down the sides or add more milk if necessary.

Once the smoothie is completely smooth and creamy, divide into 2 cups and go ahead and enjoy that refreshing drink!

2. Strawberry Citrus and Ginger Smoothie

Strawberry Citrus and Ginger Smoothie
Refreshing Strawberry Smoothie

This is a fast and fruity treat, which can crush your sweet cravings, and is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or anytime in between.

Strawberries are super low-calorie and loaded with vitamin C, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They boost the nutrition component of the smoothie and also provides the pretty pink color.

The ginger suppresses your appetite, helps to stimulate digestion, and decreases inflammation, all of which can aide in weight loss.

Orange juice and bananas are added to provide loads of sweetness to your smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cube fresh ginger root peeled
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries.

Preparation:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender in the order listed above.
  • Blend until smooth.

3. Mango Chia Seed Smoothie

Mango Chia Seed Smoothie
Yummy Mango Smoothie

This is not only a vegan recipe, but also a gluten free, and dairy free recipe.

It is super easy to make, refreshing, and cool.

The chia seeds are chock full of fiber, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks

Preparation:

  • Add chia seeds and ½ cup of almond milk to a small bowl or cup.
  • Give the mixture a good whisk, until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover and let set in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, add bananas and the remaining 1 cup of almond milk to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth, while scraping down the sides of the blender as required.
  • Add the mango chunks
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Take the chia seed mixture out of the refrigerator (it should have a thick, gel-like consistency by now).
  • Give the chia seed mixture another good whisk.
  • Using a rubber spatula or spoon, scrape the chia seed mixture out of the bowl or cup and into the blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into 2 cups and enjoy immediately!

4. Peanut Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

peanut banana cinnamon smoothie
Filling Peanut Banana Smoothie

The banana in this tasty shake contributes healthy carbs and fiber and can help to reduce bloating and control your appetite.

The cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also adds a burst of spice that brightens this smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or skim milk)
  • 1 large banana (peeled and cut into chunks or use a previously frozen banana)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (preferably natural)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (more can be added for sprinkling afterwards)
  • (Optional) 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • 3 ice cubes

Preparation:

  • Place the milk, banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, and honey (if used) into a blender
  • Puree until smooth
  • Add the ice cubes and pulse just until the ice is crushed.
  • Pour into a medium glass or 2 small glasses
  • Sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

Check out ‘The Smoothie Diet Program’ to learn about other healthy smoothie recipes.

5. Triple Berry Smoothie

triple berry smoothie
thirst quenching triple berry smoothie

Combining bananas and berries gives a perfect smoothie which beats bloating, reduces inflammation, and helps fill you up.

Most importantly…. it tastes really good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Preparation:

  • In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Divide into 2 cups and top with blackberries, if desired.

6. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

matcha green tea smoothie
matcha green tea smoothie

This smoothie is great for breakfast, doubling as your caffeine shot for the day as well as your super healthful infusion of fruit and veggie goodness to power you up for the day ahead!

Green tea, with all its antioxidant properties, is essential to helping burn fat and improve exercise performance. The natural caffeine in green tea will also give you energy and not have you crashing later in the day!

Matcha green tea generally adds a beautiful flavor and richness to smoothies. If you want more of a caffeine boost, however, simply add more matcha green tea powder to the smoothie recipe.

Spinach is packed with nutrients needed to support weight loss, like protein and fiber.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 2 tsp. matcha green tea powder
  • 1 cup light coconut milk

Preparation:

  • Add the coconut milk to your blender, followed by the matcha green tea powder and spinach
  • Blend
  • Add the mango and frozen bananas
  • Blend until creamy and smooth.

7. Kale Pineapple Smoothie

kale pineapple smoothie
tasty kale pineapple smoothie

The ingredients in this smoothie are filled with antioxidants, valuable vitamins, and minerals. You will also get plenty of fiber and protein, without overdoing it on fruit or calories.

The pineapple, banana, and honey make this healthy breakfast smoothie both sweet and creamy.

The kale’s flavor is mild. It is therefore a good way to get some kale even if you do not enjoy eating it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lightly packed chopped kale leaves
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 frozen medium banana
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple pieces
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons of honey

Preparation:

  • Using a regular blender, start by blending the kale and almond milk until the kale is as smooth as possible.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and continue blending until smooth.
  • If you would like a thinner smoothie, add some more almond milk. For a thicker smoothie, add a few ice cubes.

8. Tropical Carrot Smoothie

tropical carrot smoothie
nutritious tropical carrot smoothie

This combination of tropical fruits makes a great breakfast smoothie, or even a great afternoon snack. You will also love the fact that you are taking in some vegetables without even realizing it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups carrot juice
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango
  • 1–2 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced

Preparation:

  • Pour the carrot juice into a blender.
  • Add the pineapple, mango, and kiwi
  • Process until smooth.
  • Serve immediately.

9. Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

pumpkin spice smoothie
zesty pumpkin spice smoothie

This thick, creamy, and filling smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack in the fall or winter months.

Canned pumpkin has been found to help keep blood pressure in check and may reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity. This therefore makes it a perfect base ingredient for a delicious weight loss smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • ½ cup ice

Preparation:

  • Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

10. Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie

chocolate covered cherry smoothie
mouth watering chocolate-covered cherry smoothie

This is an amazing, tasty, filling, and nutritious smoothie which can provide you with lots of energy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened dark sweet cherries
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate chunks

The protein shake helps to curb your appetite and preserves lean muscle mass.

The banana is a solid source of vitamin B6, which your body needs to better absorb nutrients.

The dark cherries and unsweetened cocoa have antioxidants that fight inflammation.

The chia seeds are full of omega-3 fats.

Preparation:

  • Blend the first 6 ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the chia seeds and dark chocolate, pulsing just a few times to keep the crunch.

Pour and serve

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Final Thoughts

If you’ve become growingly frustrated, trying to lose weight with little or no success, maybe you should give a healthy smoothie diet a try. After all, I’ve just shown you that there is such a thing as healthy smoothies for weight loss.

Let’s face it. Excess weight is bad for your health. It increases your risk of developing life changing illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. It can kill your self-esteem, and it also robs you of valuable time to play and be active with your family.

As you’ve seen in this article, there are several healthy smoothie recipes which you can make for yourself and live a much healthier lifestyle.

Adding healthy green smoothies into your diet is not only quick and easy, but it’s also an all-natural way for you to improve your health and lose weight.

There are lots of delicious recipes that are quick and easy to make and are quite inexpensive. Whether you are just trying to lose 5 pounds, 10 pounds, or even more, I encourage you to check out the Smoothie Diet Program. This program can be life changing and will highlight just how effective detox smoothies for weight loss can be.

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Please leave a comment below to let me know what you’ve though of this article.

Cheers,
Lyndon

8 thoughts on “Top 10 Healthy Smoothies for Weight Loss”

  1. Thank you for sharing this here because it is really worthy to see here. Having access to healthy smoothies can always bebettr because of the health benefits it offers. I like what you have shared here and how you have simplified all these here. I simply value the way you have shared these. It is good to know

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    • Thank you Liza. I’m so happy that you loved this article. I love smoothies and I’m happy to share this love with others.

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  2. Thank you for the inspiring article. The truth is I know what you are talking about. Most of my 2019 breakfast was smoothies. They made so much difference in my energy levels and helped me to loose weight. 2020, LoL maybe the lockdowns has something to do with it  but I fell off track and I can also feel the impact thereof .

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    • Thanks for the feedback Bogadi, and I’m glad you liked the article. Since the lockdown I’ve been having a lot more smoothies 🙂 It helps that I’m working from home. Now I have no excuse not to make my smoothies every day. They’re refreshing and provide me with my daily dose of energy.

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  3. I love smoothies so much. I hardly pay attention to which is healthy for this and that and which is not so healthy. I am always after the taste. Well, reading this article and gaining awareness on healthy smoothies for weight loss, I have beginning to have a change of mindset. Does taking either of these smoothies comes before or after exercising?

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    • Hi Nelson, I’m glad you enjoyed this article and that you love smoothies as much as I do. 😊 Because smoothies can give you a boost without making you feel overly full, they can make an ideal snack/meal both before and after you exercise. The best smoothies for pre- and post-workouts include a mix of healthy protein and carbs. If having your smoothie before working out, it’s best to drink it at least 30 minutes before starting to work out and then snack on something right afterwards. Alternatively, you can drink half of a smoothie before you exercise and then finish the rest afterwards. And remember….no matter when you choose to drink your smoothie, you should drink lots of water whenever you’re on an exercise program.

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  4. I have very glad, so so glad. Why? Because on of my favorite drink or refreshment is being talked about in this article, in a way it is of great value and benefit for healthy weight loss. I barely have time for exercing, but would definitely have time to whip up a cup of smoothie, so I would love to know if these smoothies can be very effective without exercising?

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    • Hi Alkelvin. 

      I’m glad you found value from this article. Smoothies can help you to lose weight without the need for exercise, however the ingredients you put into them, as well as the portion size, and your overall eating plan will determine their effectiveness and impact on your weight loss goals and overall health. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake through smoothies is definitely a smart move for losing weight, but if you’re not careful you may struggle to meet your daily protein requirements, so make sure that you’re getting sufficient protein through one form or another, and you should be okay.

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