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When it comes down to losing weight, everyone is always looking for new things to try and aid them in their journey to becoming fitter and healthier. Eating and drinking the right things is the best way to get started on leading a healthier lifestyle.
Making your own homemade smoothies is a delicious way to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, without having to pay a café-level price tag.
In this guide, we’ll be listing the most nutritious and health boosting ingredients to use in smoothies and explain what their individual benefits are, so you can choose the ones that suit your needs.
Finally we’ll be sharing 3 of our top healthy smoothie recipes for you to try out at home!
Health Boosting Ingredients for Weight Loss
There are so many healthy berries that you could add to smoothies but the acai berry is probably the heathiest you can find. It aids weight loss by helping to reduce fat deposits in many participants.
They also boost energy levels, promote heart health, and improves mental function.
These seeds have fast become one of the most popular superfoods. They have a vast amount of benefits and are regarded highly in the health community. Being very high in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
Being a great sauce of protein, chia seeds help build muscle and help make bones stronger. Protein is great at keeping you fuller for longer, too. They also promote digestive health and help treat diabetes, as they are high in fiber and are rich in alpha-linolenic acid.
Spinach & Kale
You can boost your immune system easily by including a large amount of these leafy greens into your smoothies. Both foods are vitamin-fortified and antioxidant-filled which are perfect for adding into your smoothie mix.
This helps you get your daily dose of vitamin C, calcium, folate, and fiber to increase your immunity or to fight off an infection.
Top 3 Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
Acai Berry Smoothie
This acai berry smoothie is packed with health benefits and tastes divine. Enjoy as a healthy snack anytime of the day.
2 tbsp. Acai Berry Powder
¼ cup kale leaves
1 tbsp. almond meal
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup ice cubes
1 cup coconut milk
½ cup frozen/fresh raspberries
½ cup frozen/fresh blueberries
1 tbsp. of chia seeds
½ cup of water
- Keep aside a handful of blueberries to garnish.
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender with ½ cup of water and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with the blueberries you kept to the side and serve.
Acai smoothies are a fantastic natural energy source
Immune Booster Smoothie
Suffered from a cold recently, or feel one starting? Then make yourself this immune system boosting smoothie to give yourself the best chance at prevention and a fast recovery!
1 orange, peeled
1 cup chopped pineapple
Half a peeled kiwi
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale
½ chopped mango
Pinch of lemon juice
1 cup of unsweetened coconut water
Dash of sea salt
- First blend the kale, spinach, unsweetened coconut water, orange and kiwi until smooth.
- Then add the mango, pineapple, lemon juice and dash of salt and blend for a final time.
Chia Seed Breakfast Smoothie
This tasty chia seed and fresh fruit smoothie will get you energized and release a steady flow of energy throughout your day.
1 chopped banana
1 cup frozen/fresh strawberries
1 cup frozen/fresh raspberries
2 tbsp. Chia seeds
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup fat-free plain Greek yoghurt
- Keep a couple of strawberries to the side to garnish after blending.
- Blend all ingredients together until combined and garnish with the leftover strawberries.