The advent of smoothies has been a boon for those who want to eat better but are rather picky. Just take that undesired ingredient, smother it in foods whose flavors you actually enjoy, and enjoy its health benefits without a problem. There are a few downsides to smoothies—blenders break down fiber, for example, so you’ll have to add fiber to other meals in your diet—but overall, smoothies are a pretty great way to diversify your diet a bit. If you’re looking to lose a bit of weight, sneaking some fat-burning ingredients into a smoothie has never been easier.
If you’re ready for your smoothies to help you reach your weight loss goals, look no further. Check out the list below, so you can start burning fat with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Avocado itself is made up of mono-unsaturated fat, so how can it possibly burn fat, you ask? Well, avocado’s fat is readily burned by the body, which leaves the metabolism looking for more fat to burn while it works. Avocado is smooth and easy to integrate into many dishes, and it is no different with a smoothie. Wake Me Up, Keep Me Going Green Smoothie is a perfect way to enjoy avocados while having loads of energy that lasts through the morning.
A catachin found in green tea helps increase the metabolism and thus increasing fat burning. Green tea is often found powdered, and thus can be simply added into a smoothie. Speed up your metabolism with our Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie.
Almonds (and other nuts) are full of healthy fats, much like avocado, which cause the same reaction. Nuts are also full of protein and other goodies, so if you can’t eat them on their own, they lend some nice flavor to a smoothie. Bump up the protein with this creamy Almond Protein Smoothie, with 14 grams of quality protein. This smoothie is the perfect pre or post workout drink.
Peanut butter in a smoothie can seem weird and more suited to milkshakes, but the smoothie works just the same, only a little thicker. The thicker consistency can help you feel full longer while the nut proteins are processed by the body. Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie has 10 grams of protein while satisfying that chocolate craving.
Strawberries are the perfect weight loss food. Full of antioxidants and just 49 calories for one cup, this food is delicious in just about any smoothie. Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie is one more delicious way to to get 13 muscle building grams of quality protein.