One of the most excellent tools for weight loss, and which most experts swear by, is smoothies. Weight loss smoothies are really easy to make, and have a lot of health benefits. If you really want to drop some pounds and keep them off, then weight loss smoothies are a must try!
Why weight loss smoothies?
Other than helping you shed off the extra pounds, weight loss smoothies have tremendous benefits for your health and energy levels. Smoothies are rich in nutrients, particularly vitamins, minerals, and in anti-oxidants and fiber which your body needs, but due to poor diets, is often deprived. Because most smoothies have a strong fruit and vegetable base, a glass of your favorite smoothie drink could make up for a big percentage of your recommended daily vitamin allowance.
Smoothies are also very easy to make, as all they require is tossing a few ingredients in the blender. And because you get to make them yourself, you control what exactly goes in and you get to ensure that you take in only the healthy stuff.
How to make perfect weight loss smoothies
The basic ingredients for weight loss smoothies are organic fruits and vegetables, some healthy fats, seeds, spice, and water. There are quite a number of fruits and vegetables which you could add to your weight loss smoothies such as mangoes, avocadoes, bananas, apples, berries, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, and kale, while healthy oils include coconut oil, flaxseed oil, tahini and organic or home-made nut butters. For seeds, you could use flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and cayenne pepper, ginger and cinnamon for spice. Cayenne pepper helps with weight loss while cinnamon is known to improve metabolism.
As a rule of thumb, avoid store-bought juices and canned fruits. These usually contain a lot of sugar, very minimal fruit content, and preservatives, which are not good for your health. It is better to choose whole organic fruit instead. Also, keep off added sugar and artificial sweeteners. For the most part, dairy is not recommended in weight loss smoothies but you could substitute milk, yogurt or ice-cream with Greek yogurt, coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk.
Easy weight loss smoothies
One easy weight loss smoothie recipe involves blending together two apples with two cups of spinach, some mint and the juice of half a lemon. You could also blend together a quarter of a small pineapple with two cups of spinach, some coconut water and ice. For an energized morning, try two bananas, half a cup of Greek yogurt, two tablespoons of peanut butter and a pinch of cinnamon.