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7 Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss to Help You Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

If you’re trying to lose weight, making changes in your daily nutrition is paramount. By replacing one meal or snack each day with a healthy smoothie recipe for weight loss, you can boost your metabolism, aid digestion, decrease inflammation in your body and achieve your weight loss goals.

Here are seven smoothies for weight loss to try, each made from healthy, whole foods.

Maple Cinnamon Blueberry Smoothie
View the original recipe here.

If you love blueberry pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, you’ll love this blueberry breakfast smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3 ounces Silk Blueberry Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative (Another option: Chobani Simply 100 Blueberry Greek Yogurt. You may also use plain, but may need additional sweetener.)
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 4 small ice cubes (more for a thicker smoothie)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except ice to the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice and blend until you achieve desired consistency.

Superfood Power Smoothie
View original recipe here.

Full of superfoods such as spinach, strawberries and apples, this is a nutrient-packed, double layer smoothie with no added sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas that have been peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 1 large handful of spinach (about 1 ½ cups)
  • ½ of a large apple (or 1 small apple), chopped
  • 7 large strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Peel apple and blend together with one banana, spinach, ¼ cup almond milk and flax until smooth. Add more milk to achieve desired thickness. Pour equally into two glasses.
  2. Rinse blender and blend together the remaining banana, ¼ cup almond milk and strawberries until smooth. Add more milk to achieve desired thickness. Pour strawberry and banana mixture into the same two glasses on top of spinach and banana mixture. Serve immediately.

Almond Butter Chia Smoothie
View original recipe here.

This four-ingredient smoothie packs a punch of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants making it a great option for breakfast or a snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and frozen
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides

Optional add-ins:

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Maca powder
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Blueberries or choice fruit
  • Spinach or other leafy green

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and blend until smooth.

Raw Banana Bread Smoothie
View original recipe here.

Feeling snacky? Whip up this delicious banana and walnut milk smoothie for a midday snack or meal replacement.

Walnut Milk Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked for at least four hours
  • 3 cups water

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 3 cups walnut milk
  • 2 cups sliced bananas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • Ice (optional to achieve desired texture and consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • Toppings of choice (such as: chia seeds, sliced bananas, pink Himalayan salt, cacao nibs

Instructions:

  1. To make the walnut milk, strain soaked walnuts and place in a blender. Add water and blend on high for about two minutes, or until you have a creamy “milk.” Strain with a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Refrigerate in a sealed container until you are ready to use it. Shake before using, as walnut milk will separate.
  2. Combine walnut milk, sliced bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, maple syrup and ice. Blend until creamy and smooth. Add cacao nibs and blend for 10 seconds. Pour smoothie into glasses and garnish with toppings of your choice.

Strawberry Beet Smoothie
View original recipe here.

This cheerful red smoothie is both filling and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day when you don’t feel like cooking.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped and frozen
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 small/medium beet, scrubbed, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 date or 1 tablespoon of honey to sweeten (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth (about two minutes).
  2. Pour into glass and enjoy.

Note: If you do not have a high-speed or powerful blender, steam and chop beet before blending. Steam for five minutes and cool in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to ensure your smoothie is cold.

Grapefruit Green Smoothie
View original recipe here.

Need an immune boosting smoothie? Try this grapefruit green smoothie that is full of vitamin C and antioxidants to help fight off illness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium grapefruit, peeled and seeded with juice reserved
  • 1 large honeycrisp apple, peeled and cored
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 large ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk, water or orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (optional)
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional liquid as needed to adjust thickness.
  2. Pour into two glasses and serve.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
View original recipe here.

Fuel your body for breakfast with this smoothie that is both healthy and delicious. It tastes just like a peanut butter cup!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 3 tablespoons all natural, creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions:

  1. Place bananas into a high speed blender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients on top of bananas and blend until smooth.
  3. Slowly add more almond milk unto you achieve desired consistency.

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