Losing weight can be quite a challenge because it’s much more than simply cutting out certain foods from your menu. In fact, it’s more about changing some lifestyle habits and this includes setting time for regular exercise and eating a healthy well-balanced diet. Getting enough sleep is also important when it comes to effective weight loss.
Smoothies are becoming increasingly popular in recent years, especially to the healthy-diet seekers. They’re probably the best ways to keep you on the path to weight loss because they make it really easy and tasty to get your daily recommended fruit and vegetable servings. They are also very easy to make, just throw all your ingredients in a blender!
What makes smoothies so great is the thing that they are curbing your appetite while providing a low calorie, high nutrient beverage for you to enjoy.
We’ve provided a list of the most beneficial smoothie ingredients for successful weight loss. Here are the benefits of some important ones:
Ground Flax seed
Flax seeds have a high fiber content, which helps to get rid of toxic buildup in your colons. Flax seeds also make you feel full, so you won’t feel the need to eat as much!
Ginger works as a natural appetite suppressant to help control how much you eat. This wonderful spice also raises your body temperature, thus boosting your metabolism to help you shed those extra pounds!
Hazelnuts are the highest in fiber of all the nuts and, as mentioned earlier in this post, high fiber foods are great for weight loss.
This tangy fruit helps to lower insulin, a fat storage hormone. Half a grapefruit each day before meals can help you lose one extra pound in one week!
Now that you know the benefits, it’s time to enjoy them! On a hot day, you can add some ice to any of these recipes below to make your smoothies a wonderful, chilly treat!
1. Pear Banana Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 bananas, 2 pears, 2 cups of berries, 12 ounces of plain yogurt, ½ cup of hazelnuts, pinches of cinnamon, and 4 tablespoons of ground flax seed.
2. Cucumber Apple Smoothie
Ingredients: ½ cup of hazelnuts, 10 mint leaves, 2 cucumbers, 2 apples, a pinch of ginger, 4 celery stalks, 2 glasses of water and 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice.
3. Apple Banana Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 glasses of water, 2 bananas, 2 lemons, a pinch of ginger, 2 oranges, ½ a cup of almonds and a pinch of cinnamon.
4. Grapefruit Orange Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 mangoes, 2 oranges, 2 grapefruits, 2 bananas ½ cup of almonds and 2 glasses of water.
5. Green Smoothie
Ingredients: A pinch of ginger, 2 green apples, 2 glasses of water, 4 celery stalks and 4 teaspoons of flax seed.
6. Blueberry Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup of pineapple, 2 cups of blueberries, 12 ounces of nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 oranges, 2 bananas and ½ a cup of almonds.
7. Peach Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 cups of skim milk, 2 cups of frozen, unsweetened peaches and four teaspoons of flax seed oil.