6 Easy Smoothies for Weight Loss and a Delicious, Healthy Lifestyle
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Hop on the bandwagon and develop your addiction to healthy smoothies. Forget the expensive ones you can buy in a store, making them yourself saves you a lot of money and puts you entirely in control of the ingredients.
And speaking of the ingredients, that’s the most important part. Not only can you tailor your smoothie to your individual tastes, but you can also customize it to give you the most nutrient-rich impact possible.
Healthy and Quick Smoothie Recipes
A quick note on making your smoothie: Most smoothies can be made in a conventional blender, but these are one-serving recipes, meaning a smaller smoothie blender might be more convenient.
Banana Ginger Smoothie
The inclusion of ginger in this smoothie can help soothe heartburn, upset stomach, and digestion concerns. It also gives it a tasty zip.
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
Chia seeds are big news lately because they’re a superfood. These powerful little miracles are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, fiber, antioxidants, and iron.
But that’s not all—a one-ounce serving of chia seeds has 18% of your daily calcium, 27% of your phosphorus, 30% of manganese, some copper, and potassium. With all of that, it’s no wonder chia seeds are a superfood.
In addition to all the wonderful benefits you get from chia seeds in this smoothie, there are also healthy doses of potassium from the banana, vitamin C from the pineapple, and the numerous health benefits from spinach.
To make your smoothie, blend the following ingredients together until smooth.
1 cup spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Apple Crisp Smoothie
This is the perfect way to savor the fresh flavor of fall without pumpkin spice. The thick Greek yogurt in this recipe provides a creaminess as well as a hunger-satiating, nutrient-rich treat.
Adding rolled oats brings insoluble fiber, but it also contains beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is beginning to earn some recognition for its health benefits, but there’s still not a lot of research out there. What we do know about beta-glucan is that it’s a great way to boost your immune system, which is perfect for autumn as preparation for cold and flu season.
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup 2% vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 Tbsp. pecans
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup ice cubes
Pulse ice cubes and apple cider first to break up the cubes a bit. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Don’t let the name fool you, this recipe doesn’t actually have any caramel in it, instead, it uses dates to add sweetness.
But it’s not just sweetness that you get from the dates. They’re high in polyphenols, which is an antioxidant that fights inflammation. Dates are loaded with fiber, which keeps you regular and helps you feel full longer. And dates are high in potassium, an electrolyte that’s key to heart health.
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium apple, peeled and cored
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Combine all ingredients into your blender cup and stir to make sure they’re well mixed. Then cover and place in the refrigerator overnight (3 hours at least).
In the morning, blend your smoothie until desired consistency. This is a thicker smoothie so it can be enjoyed as a drink or you can eat it as a cold soup and sprinkle toppings on for an added kick.
Vanilla Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
If you’re looking for a smoothie that the entire family will love, one that’s packed with healthy vitamin C, look no further. This simple smoothie recipe tastes fantastic and loads you and your family up with healthy citrus to help ward off germs.
1 navel orange, peeled
1/4 cup fat-free half and half or fat-free yogurt
2 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 teaspoon. vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
Drop the ice cubes and orange juice concentrate into the blender and pulse until you break up the ice cubes a little bit. Then add the other ingredients and blend until smooth.
Green Tea, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie
The fresh fruit taste of this smoothie makes it a hit with the entire family. The addition of green tea is what makes it a healthy delight.
Green tea is not processed, whereas black tea is. Because of this, it’s higher in protective polyphenols, specifically flavonoids, which act as powerful antioxidants that protect your body from disease.
3 tablespoon. water
1 green tea bag
2 teaspoon honey
1.5 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 medium banana
3/4 cup calcium-fortified light vanilla soy milk
Microwave the water on high until steaming hot and then add the teabag. Let the tea steep for three minutes and then remove the tea bag and add the honey to the tea. Stir until it dissolves.
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Combine berries, banana, and milk in a blender and blend lightly. Then add the tea and blend until smooth. If you need more liquid to get the right consistency, try using water rather than additional milk.
The Bottom Line
The recipes for the smoothies above not only give you a quick meal on the go or a deliciously tasty treat, but they can also load you up with healthy nutrients to keep you healthy and feeling fantastic.
One of the best things about these smoothie recipes is the variety. They include smoothies that are oat-based and rest overnight, smoothies that feature milk as the base or yogurt and smoothies that include ice. These differences give you a lot of options when creating your own smoothies.
Try each one to see how the consistency varies and the flavor profile changes. Then get creative and add your favorite ingredients to come up with new recipes that have the taste and health benefits that you desire.