Five quick and easy-to-make smoothies for weight-loss
If you’re trying to include smoothies in your diet for the first time and want some safe options, give one the following recipes a try!
The only way a smoothie can help you healthily lose weight is if you replace a meal with it, preferably lunch or dinner
Your smoothie must be nutritious and filling
To make a great smoothie, there need to be six parts to it - base, fruit, cream, greens, boost and extra
A smoothie is as close as you can come to a magic potion. Sure, you won't suddenly see a change when you switch out your regular breakfast (or lunch or dinner) for a smoothie - let us promise you that no such thing will happen. But what is likely is that you will find yourself drawn into the world of mindful eating. After that, creating a hundred different versions of the smoothie, with old favourites as well as new ingredients is - err - the cherry on the top.
A smoothie recipe isn’t super strict - you can mix up the ingredients and the quantities as per your liking. There are just three rules to keep in mind. One, the only way a smoothie can help you healthily lose weight is if you replace a meal with it, preferably lunch or dinner. Two, your smoothie must be nutritious and filling. And three, to make a great smoothie, there need to be six parts to it:
- Base - The liquid base.
- Fruit - This will add flavour - as well as nutrition.
- Cream - This will make it smoother.
- Greens - This will add protein and micronutrients.
- Boost - This can either be some seeds or supplement.
- Extra - This can be an experiment - anything to make you like the smoothie more.
You can bend the third rule sometimes: you don’t have to have all six ingredients - if you include any three-four categories, it will give you a pretty tasty and filling smoothie. If you’re trying to include smoothies in your diet for the first time and want some safe options, give one the following recipes a try!
1. Berry blast smoothie
- Half cup unsweetened almond milk
- Frozen mixed berries
- Half a banana
- Half cup blanched spinach
- Chia seeds
- Half teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
Soak the chia seeds in water for half an hour before blending them as they can be dehydrating. Chia seeds are a superfood, full of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. To blanch the spinach, drop it in a pot of hot water for one minute and then transfer to a bowl of cold water for another minute. Drain the spinach before throwing it into the blender. The spinach will provide iron and almond milk is a great low-calorie milk substitute that's loaded with calcium, magnesium and sodium (be sure to check the nutritional values on the box, if you have hypertension). The berries and banana will make you feel full to promote weight loss and manage cravings. Add vanilla extract for taste. Blitz everything together and sip it cold.
2. Tropical smoothie
- Pineapple chunks
- 200 ml of coconut water
- Half an avocado
- Half cup blanched kale
- Pumpkin seeds (optional)
Coconut water, while not the tastiest ingredient for a smoothie, contains bio-active enzymes that give your metabolism a boost. Kale is packed with nutrition, just make sure you blanch it for maximum nutrition and flavour. Avocados are super nutritious as well and they also keep you feeling full. Since you’re skipping a meal, a few pumpkin seeds can provide nutrition. You don’t necessarily have to blend them - add on top for crunchiness. The mint also aids digestion, helps boost your metabolism, all while being very low in calories.
3. Green veggie smoothie
- Half cup spinach, blanched
- Half an avocado
- One cucumber
- One spoon hemp seeds (optional)
- One cup almond milk
Cucumbers have zero fat and a lot of fibre which makes them great for your metabolism. Parsley reduces water retention and bloating and also helps manage blood sugar levels. Hemp seeds, while not low-calorie, serve as an appetite suppressant and a digestive aid due to their high fibre content. Always add the leafy ingredient first and the base ingredient in the end for smoother blending.
4. Cinnamon apple smoothie
- An apple
- Half cup unsweetened almond milk
- Half cup unsweetened Greek yoghurt
- One tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Half spoon of cinnamon powder
- One spoon wheatgrass powder
Low in calories, high in fibre, apples are ideal for weight-loss. As a probiotic, Greek yoghurt keeps your gut healthy which is essential for healthy weight loss. It’s also a great source of protein. Wheatgrass contains no fat and lots of nutrients. Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits including aiding weight loss - adding it to a smoothie just makes it easier to have because of its less-than-pleasing taste.
5. Red rush smoothie
- Strawberries/ Oranges
- Two small red peppers
- Ground flaxseed
- One spoon spirulina
- One cup of water
- Half cup greek yoghurt
Strawberries and oranges both contain vitamin C which can assist in fat-loss. Flaxseed is a low-cal source of protein and fibre. Red peppers are also low calorie but provide beta carotenes (which our body converts into vitamin A). Spirulina is a supplement that can make for the lost nutrition of a meal. Studies suggest it may aid in weight management.
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