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Published on March 27, 2020

20 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss

20 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss

I’m sure you’ve heard of a million different smoothie recipes for weight loss, right? Let’s be honest…they are quick, easy, flavorful, filling, and so delicious! On top of that, you can easily adjust smoothies to meet your macros. Plus, they can make incredible low-calorie subs for some of those sweets you might be craving. 

Maybe you’re wondering, are smoothies good for weight loss?

Yes and no. Smoothies can be great meal replacements and a way to sneak in extra protein! However, they also can lead to lots of unwanted calories if used incorrectly.

You’ve probably heard it said before: Don’t drink your calories. In a lot of cases, that can be true. It’s not necessarily that smoothies or liquid calories are bad, but it can be hard to justify a smoothie as being a meal, even if it has the calories of one. For that simple reason, some people trying to lose weight might use smoothies more as a snack than a meal, and with that could come unwanted weight gain.

That being said, smoothies are generally healthy and can be amazing at curbing cravings! On top of that, the macro profile (portion of carbs, fats, and proteins) can be spot on as well. Sometimes it actually makes more sense to reach for a copy-cat smoothie version of your favorite dessert (made out of whole ingredients that will keep you satisfied) instead of reaching for a dessert that will spike your blood sugar.

Because of these differences, we need to make a distinction between smoothies that are used as a meal vs ones that can be snuck in as a snack:

Meal Smoothies

These should have a mix of fiber, protein, carbs, and fat. These types of smoothies should generally be used as a meal substitute. An 8 ounce smoothie of just fruit isn’t enough to satisfy most people for long. However, this blend of macro-nutrients will ensure your body feels satiated until your next meal.

Why is that? Fiber, protein, and fat tend to be slower to digest, so your body gets a steady trickle of nutrients that will last a longer time. In contrast, pure fruit is easily digested and will quickly boost your blood sugar only to drop it soon after.

Snack Smoothies

These are lower calorie and nutrient dense. In contrast to meal smoothies, these light and fresh smoothies can give you a quick boost of energy. These smoothies are an amazing way to sneak in extra greens and super-foods. However, they aren’t likely to keep you feeling full for long.

Use snack smoothies between meals or when you need a pick-me-up. But be mindful! Too much snacking of any kind throughout the day could still lead to too many calories.

Now that you know the difference between snack and meal smoothies, dig in to my top 20 smoothie recipes! With options ranging from decadent desserts to light and fresh pick me ups, you’ll find everything you need below! It’s time to satisfy your cravings the healthy way!

1. Snickerdoodle Smoothie

Snickerdoodle Smoothie @spabettie

    Is there anything better than that sweet and unique tang of a snickerdoodle cookie? I grew up with this cookie as an infamous family dessert (we even named our rabbits after this favorite treat). However, if you’re looking to bring back that taste without the calories, all hope is not lost! This snickerdoodle smoothie registers at under 400 calories and rings in 14 grams of protein. If your looking to lower calories and sugar, there are also modifications to use stevia or monk fruit as a sweetener instead!

    Check out the recipe here!

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    2. The Best Green Smoothie

      Okay, let’s be real. We all want to add a little more green into our lives. However, sometimes it can be hard to gag down. Change all of that with this 5-star smoothie recipe. Not only is this smoothie incredibly delicious, but it’s also packed with nutrients. Chug those greens the easy way!

      Check out the recipe here!

      3. Detox Smoothie

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        This smoothie is fresh, light, and green, giving your body the nutrient boost it needs. In addition to that, it packs a bonus boost of cilantro, which is said to aid in reducing heavy metal toxicity.

        Check out the recipe here!

        4. Detox Smoothie #2

        Detox Smoothie

          This incredible smoothie recipe not only gives you the ingredients, but also a step-by-step guide to designing your own fantastic smoothie recipes! Once you get a taste of this, you will never want to go back!

          Check out the recipe here!

          5. Easy Weight Loss Smoothie

          Easy Weight Loss Smoothie: Zucchini, Kale, Buckwheat, Baobab, Carrots, Green Grapes

            If you aren’t a fan of bananas, then this one is for you! Instead, this smoothie uses zucchini as a thickening agent and buckwheat to keep you full and satisfied all day long! And for you celiacs out there…yes, buckwheat is gluten free!

            Check out the recipe here!

            6. Creamy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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              Part of the struggle with trying to lose weight and create healthier habits is the struggle of having to give up some of your favorite foods, like chocolate. Say no more. This chocolate mint smoothie is the perfect blend of protein and chocolate to satisfy your cravings for good! Why avoid what you love when you can indulge the healthy way?

              Check out the recipe here!

              7. Creamy Cacao Avocado Smoothie

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                Speaking of chocolate, give this smoothie a go! The blend of avocado and chocolate will keep you feeling satisfied and healthy all day long. Not to mention, the creaminess of this one will blow your mind.

                Check out the recipe here!

                8. Copy-Cat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

                This easy, healthy homemade Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino recipe is low calorie, vegan, and so delicious! Even better than the original and perfect for coffee frappuccino lovers. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

                  Have you ever gone to a coffee shop and felt the agonizing sting of realizing you can’t order anything but a black coffee? I feel your pain. Personally, I am a huge frappuccino girl, and life without my blends sounds agonizing. Is it a smoothie? Technically no. But this recipe could easily double as one! It’s lower in calories, healthier, and still delicious. Feel free to add some collagen for an added protein boost!

                  Check out the recipe here!

                  9. Frozen Fruit Smoothie

                  A glass of frozen fruit smoothie in crushed ice, garnished with berries and mint.

                    Sometimes, you don’t need to venture far past the basics to find your ideal smoothie. With a base of apple juice and yogurt, this smoothie provides the best blend of sweetness and creaminess!

                    Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Strawberry Keto Smoothie

                    Strawberry Avocado Keto Smoothie Recipe with Almond Milk - The best strawberry avocado smoothie recipe needs just 4 INGREDIENTS! You're going to love this paleo keto smoothie with almond milk. And, it's ready in a just a few minutes.

                      Yes! You can still have smoothies while on a keto diet. As it just so happens, berries are very low-carb! In addition to that, this smoothie uses avocado to add an extra boost of creaminess and healthy fats. This one is sure to keep you burning fat all day long!

                      Check out the recipe here!

                      11. Real Fruit Smoothie

                      Real Fruit Smoothie

                        Stick to the basics to get a maximum boost of nutrients! This smoothie gets straight to the point by using the best fruit medleys to blend you the ultimate weight loss drink.

                        Check out the recipe here!

                        12. Citrus Energy-Boosting Smoothie

                        pre workout smoothie

                          Feeling tired and run down? Instead of running to the coffee pot when you first wake up, try running to the blender instead! This amazing smoothie mix is an incredible way to give your body a nutrient boost while giving you the energy you need to get through the day.

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                          Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

                          Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie -- only 3 ingredients in this healthy recipe & it tastes like dessert!

                            This vegan recipe will have you drooling for more! It’s vegan, low calorie, and delicious! What makes it different than any regular strawberry smoothie? The secret is in a butter extract that gives it a rich pastry flavor while keeping it low in calories. If you feel like leaving your chair to blend this one up right away, you are in good company.

                            Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Banana Split Smoothie

                            Glass of our amazing Vegan Banana Split Smoothie with Coconut Whipped Cream and a cherry on top

                              This rich and decadent smoothie will have you feeling like you’re indulging at an old fashioned ice cream parlor. This recipe is absolutely delicious and will have our cravings flying out the window. It stays deliciously smooth and creamy with the banana base and dates for an extra touch of creaminess.

                              Fair warning: this smoothie does have a slightly higher natural sugar content. However, it is much lower than going crazy and diving into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. Of course, if you feel like having a lighter version of this same drink, you can always sub a little banana and dates for zucchini and stevia.

                              Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Skinny Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

                              (Skinny!) Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree

                                And here we have it! Yet another healthy smoothie version of your favorite dessert! If you’re getting sick of eating oatmeal in the mornings, try using it in a shake instead! Because of the high fiber in oatmeal, it helps keep you feeling full and satiated longer while giving the smoothie a fun new texture.

                                Check out the recipe here!

                                16. Pineapple Kale Smoothie

                                Good for you kale smoothie in a glass made with ingredients like bananas, pineapple, and honey which have tons of health benefits

                                  If you’re looking to sneak some extra greens into your day (and let’s be honest, aren’t we all!) this pineapple kale smoothie is for you! Not only are the ingredients incredibly nutrient dense, but they’re also light and fresh. Pineapple is known for helping digestion because of an enzyme it contains called bromelain. Just for that reason, this smoothie can keep you feeling light and energized after you sip!

                                  Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Healthy Shamrock Shake

                                  Tall milkshake glass with Shamrock Shake Mint Smoothie

                                    You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy a good shamrock shake! Also, it turns out you don’t have to be unhealthy for it either! This shamrock shake is made of entirely healthy ingredients and even sports Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost. Have a bowl of yogurt or a shamrock shake? It’s your choice, but I know which one I would go for! And the ingredients turn out to be almost exactly identical at the end of the day.

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                                    Check out the recipe here!

                                    18. Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

                                    straw with creamy Banana cinnamon roll smoothie sticking to it

                                      Once again sporting Greek yogurt for a good protein boost, this smoothie could make an amazing low-calorie meal replacement. It contains yogurt, oats, chia seeds, and fruit, offering a great blend of fiber, protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Not only does it taste fantastic, but it could very well curb cravings while remaining relatively low-calorie and satiating.

                                      Check out the recipe here!

                                      19. Golden Glow Turmeric Smoothie

                                      Golden Glow Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, easy to make!

                                        The sound of having turmeric in your smoothie might make some of you cringe, but it is definitely worth trying. For one, pineapple has such a strong flavor in and of itself that the turmeric’s taste is almost completely masked. Secondly, turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory that everyone should try adding it to their diet. You might be surprised to find out that it is actually pretty tasty as well!

                                        Check out the recipe here!

                                        20. Copy-Cat Disneyland Dole Whip Smoothie

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                                          If you really want to take a taste of magic home, try out this fantastic recipe! Made with only two ingredients, you will get that creamy indulgent taste you love without the sugar or extra calories. Curb those cravings the right way!

                                          Check out the recipe here!

                                          Bonus Smoothie Additions

                                          For an extra weight loss boost, try these fun additions!

                                          Greens

                                          Sneak in greens wherever you can! Smoothies tend to be very flavorful, so you usually won’t even notice a few added greens in there. However, the nutrients will keep you feeling extra energetic throughout the day!

                                          Protein

                                          Add in a small scoop of protein powder to almost any smoothie. Especially if you are looking for a meal replacement, the simple addition of protein powder will ensure you’re staying full throughout the day!

                                          Frozen Zucchini

                                          Did you hear me right? Yes you did! Zucchini is actually a great thickening agent in smoothies. Translation: Less sugar and more fiber! Since zucchini is so low in calories and almost flavorless, you can use it in smoothies for a rich and creamy texture while keeping things low-calorie. Plus, the extra fiber will have you feeling like you had a full meal for way less calories.

                                          Sweetener Subs

                                          Most smoothies use extra honey, syrups, or fruit for their sweeteners. However, that can add up very quickly to unwanted calories. Instead, try subbing low calorie sweeteners like monk fruit or stevia once in a while to cut down on the high sugar count. That being said, avoid artificial sweeteners like Splenda. They won’t do you any good.

                                          Sub Desserts

                                          Try making healthy smoothie renditions of your favorite desserts. We’re only human, and it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet sometimes. Instead of giving something up, find a sub for your favorite meals! In this case, getting that amazing flavor you are craving in the form of a low-calorie smoothie could be just the thing for you!

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                                          Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                          If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                          That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                          Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                          1. Believe It to See It

                                          Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                          2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                          While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                          3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                          Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                          4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                          Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                          5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                          There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                          6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                          It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                          7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                          Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                          8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                          Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                          9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                          Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                          10. Be in It to Win It

                                          Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                          11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                          People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                          12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                          Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                          13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                          You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                          14. Be a One-Off Original

                                          Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                          15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                          Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                          16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                          Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                          17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                          Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                          18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                          We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                          19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                          Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                          20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                          Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                          21. Make Your Own Luck

                                          In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                          22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                          While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                          23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                          Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                          24. Champion in Communication

                                          Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                          25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                          Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                          26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                          To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                          27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                          While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                          28. Live by Core Values

                                          Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                          29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                          Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                          30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                          Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                          31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                          Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                          32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                          Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                          33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                          Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                          34. Change Opens New Doors

                                          People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                          35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                          It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                          36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                          Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                          37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                          When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                          38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                          How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                          39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                          If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                          40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                          Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                          41. Swim Against the Tide

                                          Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                          42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                          More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                          43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                          Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                          44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                          While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                          45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                          Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                          46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                          Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                          47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                          While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                          48. Follow Through

                                          Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                          49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                          We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                          50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                          To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                          So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                          Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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