Fitness, Health

5 yummy smoothie recipes for fat loss and overall health

Smoothies are great for your health. They nourish your body with lots of vitamins and healthy nutrients, allow you to control sugar cravings, great to drink on-the-go especially for those who don’t eat much vegetables.

Some smoothies are better than others because of superfoods that add more nutritional power to it. There are also certain vegetables that benefit your health more than others.

So I wanted to share these recipes I make for myself and my family on regular basis. Smoothies (and smoothie bowls) are great for kids because the vitamins in smoothies strengthen kids immune systems and help them grow healthy. Kids also also often think it’s an ice cream or super yummy drink and love it.

To transform smoothie into smoothie bowl, just add a little less of liquid and top your bowl with homemade granola (recipe in the end of this article), coconut flakes, nuts, and more fruit. You can skip protein powder for kids, unless it’s pure whey or vegan powder that doesn’t have added vitamins (or caffeine and herbs) . You can always substitute protein powder with unsweetened Greek yogurt that gives a great amount of protein.

You don’t have to use every ingredient frozen for a smoothie, but if you’re making smoothie bowl, all the ingredients need to be frozen in advance. If you only have fresh fruit and vegetables on hand, add some ice to your smoothie.

Blend them in a blender till smooth and enjoy.

#1. Blueberry Chia Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • Handful of spinach
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

To keep sugar blood stabilized, avoid “sugar crush” and control cravings.

#2. Green smoothie 

  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds

To bring out the power of greens, Omega-3 and stay full with protein.

#3.  Carrot-orange

  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1/2 navel orange
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup nut milk, unsweetened

Full of immune system-boosting vitamin C and B-carotene for skin health, and protein for muscle.

#4. Chocolate 

  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

This one tastes like dessert. It’s a great idea to drink it when you’re craving something chocolate-ly! Best part, it has lots of antioxidants, fiber and lots of protein.

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#5. Pear and celery

  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 pear, chopped
  • 1 scoop unflavored protein
  • 2 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup nut milk, unsweetened

Celery reduces inflammation, cures bloating, and it is very low in calories. Not everyone likes the taste of it, but in this smoothie you won’t taste it. Pears are also low in calories and high in fiber.

Granola recipe

This recipe includes a lot of superfoods and can be eaten in many ways – as a topper for your smoothie bowl, yogurt, chia pudding, and more. Lightly sweetened with honey, but if you wish you can skip it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup silvered almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp of honey

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees in Fahrenheit.
  • Lightly coat baking sheet with coconut oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Evenly spread them on the sheet.
  • Bake for 20-30 mins until brown and stir every 10-15 minutes.
  • Store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

 

I hope you get on track of making smoothies daily and you’ll see how much they’ll benefit your body.

Nadine

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