I'm sure you've heard a million different smoothie recipes for weight loss, right? Let's be honest...they're quick, easy, tasty, filling, and so delicious! Plus, you can easily customize smoothies to suit your macros. Plus, they can make incredible low-calorie replacements for some of those sweets you might be craving. Maybe you would like to know if smoothies are good for weight loss? Yes and no. Smoothies can be a great meal replacement and a way to get into extra protein! However, they can also lead to a lot of unnecessary calories if used incorrectly. You've probably heard it said before: Don't drink calories. In many cases, this may be true. It's not necessarily that smoothies or liquid calories are bad, but it can be hard to justify puree as a meal, even if it has one calorie. For the simple reason that some people trying to lose weight may use smoothies more as a snack than a meal, and with that, weight gain can come along. That being said, smoothies are generally healthy and can be amazing at curbing your appetite! In addition, the macro profile (portion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins) can be in place as well. Sometimes it actually makes more sense to achieve a copy-cat smoothie version of your favorite dessert (made with ingredients that will keep you satisfied) instead of achieving a dessert that will spike your blood sugar. Because of these differences, we must make a distinction between smoothies that are used as a meal versus those that can be snuck in as a snack: Food Smoothies They should have a combination of fiber, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. These types of shakes should generally be used as a meal replacement. An 8 ounce smoothie just fruit isn't enough to satisfy most people for long. However, this blend of macro nutrients will ensure your body feels full until the next meal. Why? Fiber, proteins and fats tend to be slower to digest, so your body gets a steady trickle of nutrients that will last a long time. In contrast, pure fruit is easy to digest and quickly raise blood sugar levels only to quit shortly after. Snack Smoothie It is lower in calories and rich in nutrients. Unlike smoothie meals, these light and fresh shakes can give you a quick energy boost. These smoothies are an amazing way to sneak in extra greens and superfoods. However, they may not keep you feeling full for long. Use smoothies to snack between meals or when you need to pick me up. But be careful! Too many snacks of any kind during the day can still result in too many calories. Now that you know the difference between an appetizer and a smoothie meal, dig into my top 20 smoothie recipes! With options ranging from decadent desserts to light and fresh Pick Me UPS, you'll find everything you need below! It's time to satisfy your healthy lifestyle cravings!
1. Snickerdudols Smoothie
Is there anything better than the sweet and unique smell of a biscuit cookie? I grew up with this file as an infamous family dessert (we even named our rabbits after this favorite treat). However, if you're looking to bring back that calorie-free flavor, all hope is not lost! This shortbread smoothie registers under 400 calories and rings in 14 grams of protein. If you want fewer calories and sugar, there are also modifications to use stevia or monk fruit as a sweetener instead! Check out the recipe here!
2. Best Green Smoothies
Okay, let's be realistic. We all want to add a little more green to our lives. However, sometimes it can be difficult to swallow. Change everything with this 5-star smoothie recipe. Not only is this smoothie incredibly delicious, but it's also packed with nutrients. Chug those green easy ways! Check out the recipe here!
3. Detox Smoothie
This smoothie is fresh, light and green, giving your body the boost of nutrients it needs. In addition to this, it packs bonus cilantro which is said to help in reducing heavy metal toxicity. Check out the recipe here!
4. Detox Smoothie #2
This incredible smoothie recipe not only gives you the ingredients, but also a step-by-step guide to developing your own fantastic smoothie recipes! Once you get a taste of it, you will never want to go back! Check out the recipe here!
5. Easy Weight Loss Smoothies
If you are not a banana lover, then this is for you! Instead, smoothies use zucchini as a thickener and buckwheat to keep you full and satisfied all day long! And for celiacs there…yes, gluten-free buckwheat! Check out the recipe here!
6. Creamy Mint Chocolate Smoothie
Part of the struggle with trying to lose weight and create healthier habits is the struggle of having to give up some of your favorite foods like chocolate. I won't say anything more. This chocolate mint smoothie is the perfect combination of protein and chocolate to satisfy your cravings for good! Why avoid what you love when you can indulge in a healthy lifestyle? Check out the recipe here!
7. Creamy Cocoa Avocado Smoothie
Speaking of chocolate, give this smoothie a go! A mixture of avocado and chocolate will keep you feeling satisfied and healthy all day long. Not to mention the creaminess it will blow your mind. Check out the recipe here!
8. Copy Cat At Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino
Have you ever been to a coffee shop and felt the excruciating pain of realizing that you can't order anything but black coffee? I feel your pain. Personally, I am a huge frappuccino girl, and life without mine combines the sounds of anguish. Is it a smoothie? Technically no. But this recipe can easily be doubled as one! It's lower in calories, healthy, and still delicious. Feel free to add some collagen for an extra protein boost! Check out the recipe here!
9. Frozen Fruit Smoothies
Sometimes, you don't need far past the basics to find your perfect smoothie. With a base of apple juice and yogurt, the smoothie provides the best combination of sweetness and velvety! Check out the recipe here!
10. Keto Strawberry Smoothie
Yes! You can still have smoothies during the keto diet. As it happens, berries are very low in carbs! Plus, this smoothie uses avocados to add that extra boost of creaminess and healthy fats. This is sure to keep you burning fat all day long! Check out the recipe here!
11. Real Fruit Smoothies
Stick to the basics for the ultimate nutrient boost! This smoothie gets right to the point, using the finest fruit potpourri to blend you the ultimate weight loss drink. Check out the recipe here!
12. Citrus Nutritious Smoothie
Feeling tired and running down? Instead of running to the coffee maker when you first wake up, try running to the blender instead! This amazing smoothie is an incredible way to give your body a nutrient boost, giving you the energy you need to get through the day. Check out the recipe here!
13. Skinny Strawberry Smoothie
This vegan recipe will make you drool more! It's vegetarian, low calorie and delicious! How is it different than any regular strawberry smoothie? The secret is in the butter extract, which gives it a rich confectionery flavor while keeping it low in calories. If you feel like stepping out of your chair to merge with it right now, you are in good company. Check out the recipe here!
14. Banana Split Smoothie
This rich and decadent cocktail will make you feel like you're diving into an old-fashioned ice cream parlour. This recipe is very tasty and will have our cravings flying out the window. It stays deliciously smooth and creamy with a banana base and dates for an extra touch of velvety. Fair warning: this smoothie has a slightly higher natural sugar content. However, it is much lower than going crazy and diving into a Ben and Jerry bath. Of course, if you feel like having a lighter version of the same drink, you can always substitute some banana and dates with zucchini and stevia. Check out the recipe here!
15. Skinny Oatmeal Smoothie Cookies
And here we have everything! Another healthy smoothie version of your favorite dessert! If you're getting sick of eating oatmeal in the morning, try using it in a smoothie instead! Because of the high fiber in oatmeal, it helps keep you feeling full and full longer, giving smoothies a fun, fresh texture. Check out the recipe here!
16. Pineapple Cabbage Smoothie
If you're looking to bring some extra greens into your day (and let's be honest, aren't we all!) this pineapple kale smoothie is for you! Not only are the ingredients incredibly rich in nutrients, but they are also light and fresh. Pineapple is known for aiding digestion because it contains an enzyme called bromelain. It is for this reason that this smoothie can keep you feeling light and energized after a sip! Check out the recipe here!
17. Healthy Shamrock Shamrock
You don't have to be Irish to enjoy a good Shamrock shake! Besides, it turns out you shouldn't be harmful to him either! This Shamrock Shake is made entirely from healthy ingredients, and even sports Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost. Take a bowl of yogurt or a shamrock cocktail? It's your choice, but I know that one I would go! And the ingredients will be almost identical at the end of the day. Check out the recipe here!
18. Cinnamon Bun Smoothie
Once again sports Greek yogurt For a good protein boost, this smoothie can make an amazing low calorie meal replacement. It contains yogurt, oatmeal, chia seeds and fruit, offering a great blend of fiber, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Not only does it taste fantastic, but it may well curb cravings while remaining relatively low in calories and filling. Check out the recipe here!
19. Golden Glow Turmeric Smoothie
The sound of having turmeric in your smoothie might make some of you jar, but it's definitely worth a try. For example, pineapple has such a strong flavor that the flavor of turmeric is almost completely masked. Secondly, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that everyone should try adding it to their diet. You may be surprised to find out that it is actually very tasty as well! Check out the recipe here!
20. Copy Cat Disneyland Dole Whip Smoothie
If you really want to make a taste of a magical home, try this fantastic recipe! Made with just two ingredients, you'll get that creamy indulgent flavor you'll love without the sugar and extra calories. Curb those cravings the right way! Check out the recipe here!
Bonus Smoothie Supplements
For an extra weight loss boost, try these fun supplements!
Penetrate the greenery wherever you can! Smoothies tend to be very flavorful, so you usually won't even notice a little greenery added in there. However, the nutrients give you an extra energized feeling all day long!
Add to a small tablespoon of protein powder for just about any smoothie. Especially if you're looking for a meal replacement, the simple addition of protein powder ensures you stay full throughout the day!
Can you hear me? What are you! Zucchini is a great thickener in smoothies. Translation: less sugar and more fiber! Because zucchini is so low in calories and virtually tasteless, you can use it in smoothies for a rich and creamy texture while keeping everything low in calories. Plus, the extra fiber will make you feel like you've had a full meal for far fewer calories.
Most smoothies use extra honey, syrup or fruit for their sweeteners. However, what you can add up very quickly is to excess calories. Instead, try picking up low-calorie sweeteners such as monk fruit or stevia to cut down on high amounts of sugar. That being said, avoid artificial sweeteners like Splenda. They won't do you any good.
Try making healthy smoothie versions of your favorite desserts. We are only human and it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet sometimes. Instead of giving anything away, find yourself a substitute for your favorite dish! In that case, acquiring the amazing taste that you crave in the form of a low-calorie smoothie may be just the thing for you!
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