The key to weight loss is filling up on low-cal foods that are high in fiber and protein to keep you satiated longer. Pears, berries, kiwi, avocado, greens, and flaxmeal are known for their high fiber content. Throw in some Greek yogurt for protein, and you've got a tangy breakfast that'll keep hunger at bay for hours, which means fewer calories consumed throughout the day.
It's an easy way to sip down 19 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein. Keep reading to learn how to make this 350-calorie weight-loss smoothie.
Halloween treats have their time and place, but if you feel like you can't turn around without grabbing a handful (or two) of fun-size calorie bombs, then a healthier, more satisfying option is in order. Enter these smoothies. From chocolate concoctions to frothy shakes, these nine nutrient-packed smoothies will satisfy your Halloween candy cravings.
If you're looking to sip away the pounds, juice cleanses may not be the best idea. Smoothies, however, could be your best kept weight-loss secret; the blended beverage offers you tons of nutrition as well as protein and fiber to help keep you full until your next meal. Whipping up a smoothie for breakfast will further help you rev up your metabolism first thing in the morning, so here are five smoothies to make in the morning to fill you up as the scale ticks down.
Start your day right with a glass of fat-burning ingredients, like calcium-rich Greek yogurt, almonds, and broccoli, high-fiber strawberries, and spicy cinnamon, among other metabolism-boosting ingredients.
Sweet Spinach Smoothie
Protein, fiber, and calcium make this sweet green smoothie a filling, fat-burning meal. From celeb trainer Harley Pasternak, it's a favorite among starlets looking to reset after an indulgent period.
Vegan Milkshake Smoothie
This high-protein vegan vanilla milkshake smoothie seems like an indulgence but it's not — you'll be excited to know that in this case, having dessert for breakfast is actually an excellent idea.
Apple Flaxseed Cinnamon Smoothie
Adding ground flaxseed to this apple cinnamon smoothie bulks up what's in your cup, making you feel more satisfied. The extra fiber will also keep you feeling full until lunch rolls around. Added bonus: you can make the smoothie the night before to thicken in your fridge overnight.
Chia Berry Smoothie
For added fiber, protein, and thickness, add chia seeds to your next smoothie. They'll keep you full without the need to make a midmorning pastry run. This chia berry smoothie is also packed with antioxidants for your health.
Green smoothies are all the rage, but does the green color and flavor bum you out? Superfood expert Julie Morris knows that not everyone appreciates their morning blend to look like pureed vegetables, so she developed a "green" cherry vanilla smoothie that's not actually green.
Williams-Sonoma just picked up her latest cookbook release, Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing, and Nutrient-Dense Recipes ($17). Julie says it's a sign of the times (and the growing green drink trend) that a store known for its pastry supplies would want to feature a book on superfood-packed smoothies; people love treats like cupcakes but want to find easy, fast, and palatable ways to eat more fruits and veggies. Her cookbook covers tons of enticing smoothie recipes (chocolate chip cookie dough, for instance), but the catch is that all the ingredients are superfoods (aka nutrient-dense foods).
When demoing the cherry vanilla smoothie, Julie shared some tips on smoothie-making technique. Always put the densest fruit first, in this case the frozen cherries. Follow it with lighter greens, almond butter (so it doesn't stick to the blades or the sides of the blender container), and coconut water. Lastly, prevent any powders, in this instance wheatgrass, from sticking to the sides by adding them in last.
This green smoothie truly tastes like a cherry vanilla shake, and yet it contains a salad's worth of the good green stuff. Keep reading for the recipe.
After a long, sweaty run, you need to refuel and rehydrate fast. Whip up this quick coconut-water recovery smoothie from ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, who is also a spokesman for ZICO. Packed with electrolytes, protein, and carbs, this mild-tasting smoothie is delicious without being overpowering.
"It's probably my favorite recovery beverage," says Dean, who recommends you opt for pure, unsweetened coconut water for the best balance of electrolytes and sugars.
Read on to get the recipe!
Skipped your apple today? Don't worry — you can always grab a fruit smoothie! Or not. Touted as having a day's worth of fruit and veggies in one bottle, these popular on-the-go snacks aren't always what we hope them to be, while others fit the bill. Keep watching to see when a fruit smoothie makes sense and why sometimes it's not very different from popping open a can of soda.
Fresh spinach is the ultimate superfood. High in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and fiber, this good green stuff should definitely be incorporated into your diet whenever possible. Snacking on healthy spinach dip is one way to enjoy, but we love blending this leafy green into our smoothies. It bumps up the nutritional value tenfold — and you can't even taste it in the following six blends.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
This not-too-sweet pumpkin and spinach smoothie relies on the clean, slightly sweet taste of pumpkin puree as a base. This is perfect for someone who wants to start with a fresh and seasonal smoothie that doesn't necessarily taste like dessert.
Avocado Aloe Spinach Smoothie
Detox deliciously with this green power smoothie. In addition to nutrient-rich spinach, this drink hydrates with coconut water and aloe vera juice and flushes out toxins with fresh lemon juice. The addition of creamy avocado brings anti-inflammatory omega-3s to the mix.
Chocolate Spinach Smoothie
Chocolate and spinach may not seem compatible, but this chocolate spinach superfood blend proves that they're a match made in smoothie heaven. Enjoy this smoothie as a snack or as a replacement to dessert.
See even more spinach goodness after the break!
The next time you plan on preparing vegetables, don't dip them — sip them! Although the thought of gulping a bright veggie drink may seem a bit scary, take our word for it: it is surprisingly tasty. But, if the taste alone doesn't convince you, then know that a single serving offers far more greens and fiber than you would normally eat — fighting off the midmorning hunger and that dreaded sugar crash. Replace your morning bagel with one of these 12 recipes for an extra pep in your step. Unlike with the bagel, you won't regret it.
On days when you don't have time to get fancy with breakfast, gluten-free protein shakes are a great way to fuel before heading out the door. With endless smoothie recipe ideas, mixing a protein powder with either almond or rice milk and then getting creative with add-ins easily makes a nutritious meal on the go. Keeping the g-free sipper in mind, we found six tasty options that even the grain-tolerant wouldn't mind adding to their morning shake!