To stay healthy, increasing your metabolism is very essential, and having a smoothie as your breakfast, achieves just that. Smoothies fill your tummy better than juices or any other drink. Milkshakes do the same, but their base is only milk, which limits the intake of nutrients. Smoothies offer a better variety, sometimes just a mix of all fruits available in a blender. Now that you know why smoothies are preferred over other weight loss drinks, here are a few recipes that you can try out!
Recipes for Homemade Weight Loss Smoothies
Homemade smoothies are easy to prepare, and usually, you would find all the ingredients at home itself. Smoothies are usually a combination of various fruits and some liquid as a base. However, veggies and dietary powders such as whey protein can also be added. Given below are 5 homemade weight loss smoothie recipes, with easy procedures. If you want to add a sweet taste to any of the following smoothies, use only maple syrup or nectar.
Fresh Fruits Smoothie
A simple recipe for weight loss smoothies would be one where you blend all the fruits you can get your hands on. You can add a little bit of orange juice to make the smoothie a little easy to drink. Balance the smoothie with both, fibrous and pulpy fruits to make it of drinkable thickness. Some of the commonly used fruits are strawberries, bananas, kiwis, grapes, pineapples, plumps, apples and papayas. If you like your smoothies on the thicker side, freeze the fruits before you use them.
Regular Banana & Strawberry Smoothie
Banana and strawberries give you tons of minerals and vitamins. Take a medium banana and one small cup of strawberries. Blend them well with hand instead of using a blender. If you wish to, add crushed ice to this smoothie. Yogurt, the flavor of banana or strawberry, will make the smoothie more thicker and tastier. You can add ingredients such as peanut butter, hemp seeds, orange/pineapple juice (only 1 - 2 tbsp), coconut milk and liquid honey, to make the smoothie more nutritious and tasty.
If you are a 'green smoothie' lover, you're bound to love this one. Take 100 gms of raw, frozen spinach and half a banana. Add some maple syrup and blend this mixture. Though you will be drinking a lot of spinach, the taste of the smoothie is going to be sweet. Adding a little bit of warm water might help to lessen the thickness of the smoothie. You can try nutritious veggies such as cabbage and lettuce as well. Blueberries and pineapples are considered great add-ons with these veggie smoothies.
The New Blend of Coconut Milk
People should follow a diet like smoothies with a blend of coconut milk for breakfast. Natural coconut water, milk and meat can be added to the smoothie. Blended coconut milk with some avocado is a rich breakfast. Add water or little scoop of ice cream, to bring in some additional taste. Almonds and dates can also be added. This smoothie will help you reduce the bad cholesterol, provide you nutrients and increase your metabolism rate. Instead of coconuts, you can use coconut milk powder too.
Fruits + Yogurt/Kefir
Using yogurt and/or kefir is a great option for your smoothie. The fruits adds the necessary nutrients and the yogurt and/or kefir gives a different taste and makes the smoothie bit thicker. Take some 5 whole strawberries, a quarter banana, yogurt, and some maple syrup, to sweeten the taste. Blend this mixture well and have it chilled. Always use 'whole milk' kefir and yogurt in your smoothies. You can keep the mixture to just one fruit or add some more fruits such as blueberries and kiwis.