Healthy Smoothies for Weight Loss

Not all smoothies are created equal, which is why research is still divided on whether or not smoothies help with weight loss. It’s a difficult topic to study because we need to consider many factors, such as ingredients and lifestyle habits. For some people, smoothies aided in their weight loss efforts because they provided a convenient, quick and tasteful way to consume many natural and whole foods rich in fiber and other nutrients. It’s like a multivitamin in a glass!

A healthy, balanced diet is the key to managing weight over time. Adding smoothies to a whole food and minimally processed diet can help with weight loss efforts. Keep in mind, however, that smoothies should be thought of as a supplement to a healthy diet, not as a stand-alone meal. Drinking smoothies is a fun and interesting way to change things up if you’re getting bored of your typical salad. However, sipping on just a smoothie will not provide your body with a complete balance of nutrients.

Grab-and-go smoothies are easy to come by. Grocery stores are loaded with bottled juice blends and the options at most juice or smoothie bars are endless. Unfortunately, these can be very expensive – try 7 dollars for a simple kale and apple smoothie! Worse, some smoothies contain high amounts of refined sugar and inexpensive filler ingredients. You’d never know since they’re prepared behind the counter or in a factory.

Making your own smoothie not only gives you complete control over what you’re putting into your body, but it’s also more affordable! Remember that all meals and snacks should contain a source of either plant or animal protein in order to regulate blood sugar levels and keep your metabolism efficient. If a NutriBlast smoothie doesn’t contain protein, you’ll need to consume it alongside a balanced meal that has protein. If a Blast does contain protein, like nuts, nut butter, and protein powder, you can consume it as a mini-meal or snack!

Try the following NutriBlasts as part of your healthful diet and see for yourself if they boost your metabolism and assist with weight management! Feel free to alter the ingredients based on your food and taste preferences. For example, if the Kale and Green Apple Blast isn’t sweet enough for you, add more apples. Everyone’s preference is different, and the ultimate goal is to find what works for you, both in terms of health and flavor!

For each of the following recipes, add all ingredients to your NutriBullet Tall Cup and extract for 30 seconds or until completely smooth.

Kale and Green Apple Blast

  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup frozen kale
  • 1 cored green apple
  • 10 green grapes
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Serve over ice with a well-balanced meal that includes protein.

Orange Carrot Peach Blast

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1 orange, peeled and seeds removed
  • 2 large organic carrots, pre-cooked
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Serve over ice with a well-balanced meal that includes protein.

Banana Nut Blast

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 10 almonds
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon organic natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Note: This Blast is more like a dessert! And since it contains protein, there’s no need to consume it with a meal.

Honeydew-Kiwi Blast

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 medium sized honeydew melon
  • 20 green grapes
  • 4 kiwi fruit, peeled
  • 1 cup ice

Serve over ice with a well-balanced meal that includes protein.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and make these your own! The most successful weight loss and weight maintenance achievers don’t follow a strict program. Like them, you can create your own rules, guidelines and recipes for your personal journey to wellness.