Jumpstart Your Weight Loss With Healthy Smoothies!
Whether it’s the anxiety of bikini season in the summer, or shedding a few pounds to fit into the perfect suit for a special evening out, trying to get rid of your love handles and tummy pudge can be quite the battle. It’s tempting to reach for sugary or salty snacks that are high in fat and calories when you’re hankering for something to eat, but instead of dumping all those additives in your body, why not trim inches off your belly and satisfy your stomach with some of these delicious, healthy smoothies?
The Afterparty Special
If you’re bloated from a long night out eating and drinking, drink a blend of papaya, cucumber and pineapple to nourish your body and get rid of any toxins from residual alcohol in your body. The rich fiber content of pineapple will make it all go away in no time, and pineapple is chockfull of antioxidants and vitamins to replace anything you lost from one too many beers. The sodium bloating is easily fixed by the papaya, which has enzymes that aid digestion.
The Banana Beauty
Feeling like treating yourself, but a candy bar is out of the question? Blend up some bananas, cinnamon, chia seeds and almond or soy milk to give your sweet tooth the taste it craves without putting a dent in your diet progress. Bananas are rich in potassium, cinnamon speeds up your metabolism, and chia seeds are a good source of omega-3, which promote a healthy complexion and help control hunger. This recipe will keep you full until your next mealtime!
The Apple Breakfast Blend
If you’re on the go and need something packed with nutrients to give you energy for a long morning, whiz up apples, cinnamon, non-fat Greek yogurt, some honey and almonds in your blender for a power smoothie like no other. Apples are a good source of fiber and promote dental health. That non-fat Greek yogurt has plenty of protein to stave off hunger pangs, and probiotics to ensure tummy health, among a whole host of other benefits. The almonds have many disease-fighting minerals and are high in dietary fiber as well.
The Green Giant
If your binge at the buffet table has left you guilty and several pounds heavier, there’s nothing like a green smoothie to put you back on track. Blend together a winning combination of avocado, spinach, non-fat Greek yogurt and pears or apples to get you back on the road to weight loss. Avocados are nutrient-dense, with over 20 vitamins and minerals, and have only monounsaturated fat—the good kind that keeps your hair shining but won’t make your hips expand. Spinach is rich in antioxidants and is full of—among many, many others—Vitamins A and K, making this a great way to put more greens in your diet if you’re a fussy eater. Kale is also a popular substitute for spinach in smoothies, so if you have some of this superfood in your pantry, it’s just as good to drink once blended!
The Berry Booster
For those who want a smoothie that’s super-low in calories but delivers a strong hit of flavor, blend some strawberries and blueberries with a little honey—throw in some non-fat Greek or vanilla yogurt as well for some creaminess and protein, if you like! Strawberries are very high in Vitamin C, and along with blueberries, can give your body plenty of antioxidants which stave off the aging process, prevent cancer and keep your skin glowing. All of this without the guilt of added sugar means you can enjoy this throughout the day!
Banish weight guilt with these amazing smoothies—when you pair these with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you’ll be shedding the pounds at a reasonable rate. Prepare for a new wardrobe, because before you know it, you’ll be dropping clothing sizes without sacrificing your love for good food!