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Healthy Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss

By Rob Poulos...

Smoothies have become the latest shiny new thing in weight loss, but unlike a lot of fad foods that pop up for a few months then disappear into the abyss of the internet; smoothies provide an easy and healthy weight to lose weight.

Creating healthy smoothie recipes for weight loss is simpler than you think; all you need is a few ingredients and you can quickly reduce your calorie count while giving yourself a boost of energy for your midday workout.

Keep reading to find out what you need to make healthy smoothies for weight loss.

Fruits & Veggies

The produce aisle is where making healthy smoothie recipes can be really fun, thanks to the variety. Mix and match fruits with vegetables or create your own combination of fruit and vegetable smoothies so that you never get bored with this low calorie snack choice.

The great thing about healthy smoothie recipes is that you don’t have to be limited in your produce options in those long winter months. You can use fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables to make healthy smoothies for weight loss. Take this opportunity to experiment with different types of fruits and vegetables for a delicious blend that will help you shed excess weight.

[Don’t be afraid to mix & match your produce for healthy smoothies.]

Fat

What gives a healthy smoothie its smoothie-ness is the fat, but you don’t need to go crazy with the fat you put into your healthy smoothies for weight loss. In fact you don’t need to add any fat at all to your smoothie if you don’t want to, but if you do there are a few low fat options for you.

Forget adding ice cream to your healthy smoothie recipes, because that makes it not a smoothie and certainly not healthy. Instead use low fat or non-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt to give your smoothie a hint of creaminess that has made smoothies so popular. One smoothie will never require more than ¼ cup of fat, and feel free to add less, if you choose to add any fat to your smoothie recipes for weight loss.

Ice

The general rule for making healthy smoothies for fat loss is that you use ice or fat, but rarely both. Ice gives your smoothie texture without adding unnecessary calories, like the fat. Just make sure you use crushed ice so you don’t end up with huge chunks of ice in your healthy smoothie.

You’ll need between ½ cup and 1 cup of ice for 2 servings or more of healthy smoothies.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Now that you have the basics for creating smoothie recipes for weight loss, here are a few recipes to get you started.

Immune Boosting Smoothie

Ingredients:

½ cup chopped watermelon

1 cup chopped strawberries

2 ripe bananas, chopped

1 orange

1 scoop vanilla whey or egg protein

Directions: Place all ingredients in blender until smooth. Add another ½ orange, juiced if smoothie is too thick. Makes 2 servings.

Bloody Mary Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup sodium-free tomato juice

½ cup chopped baby carrots

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 cup crushed ice

½ cup chopped cucumbers

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped

1 scoop vanilla whey or egg protein

Directions: Add vegetables and Worcestershire sauce to blender and run for about 30 seconds, then add tomato sauce and ice and run again until smoothie reached desired consistency. Makes 3 servings.

Papaya & Berries Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/3 cup chopped strawberries

1/3 cup blueberries

1/3 cup blackberries

1 tbsp. honey

1 cup chopped papaya, peeled & seeded

½ cup coconut milk

1 scoop vanilla whey or egg protein

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and secure the lid tightly. Blend 30 seconds or until you have a creamy healthy smoothie. Makes 1 serving.

Spicy Sweet Vegetable Smoothie

Ingredients:

8 vine tomatoes, diced

1 zucchini, chopped

3 slices of red onion

1 tsp. flax seeds

1 tbsp. chili powder

2 red bell peppers, chopped

¼ avocado, cubed (optional for a creamy flavor)

½ tsp. smoky paprika

8 celery sticks, chopped

½ cup ice, crushed

1 scoop vanilla whey or egg protein

Directions: Add tomatoes to blender and run until mixed. Add bell peppers, celery and zucchini and run until blended. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Makes 4 servings.

These are just a few healthy smoothie recipes for weight loss to get you started. Experiment and make your own healthy smoothies for weight loss. Remember to add flax seed and/or whey/egg protein to increase nutritional value of your smoothie.

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