Summer is quickly approaching which means it’s time to bring out the beach chairs from the garage, buy a new bikini or pair of board shorts, and plan a trip to the beach with family and friends. There’s only one more thing left to prepare and that’s your beach body! We could all afford to lose a few pounds and it doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself in the gym doing endless amounts of cardio while following a restrictive diet.
Smoothies Help with Weight Management
One way to help you lose extra weight and fat is by making healthier food choices. When it comes to diet food, you can’t go wrong with smoothies. Smoothies are easy to make, take little time to prepare, and there are so many different flavor combinations you can try. This simple smoothie recipe should be added to your weight loss diet plan because it’s filled with essential nutrients, will help keep hunger at bay, is easy to make, and of course, the taste is incredible. Let’s go over some of the key ingredients that will help boost weight loss and make this smoothie taste oh so delicious.
Add Protein for Satiety
For many, Greek yogurt is a staple in weight loss diets. There are two main differences when it comes to Greek yogurt and regular yogurt. First, Greek yogurt is much thicker which makes it an excellent choice for smoothies. Second, the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat) are different. Greek yogurt is higher in protein, lower in carbs, and lower in fat when compared to regular yogurt. Increasing your protein intake will help boost your metabolism while the carbs and fat will lessen the calories of your smoothie. (1)
Another ingredient that will aid in fat loss is avocados. Avocados are one of mother nature’s healthiest foods. They’re rich in healthy fats especially monounsaturated fats which has many positive health benefits. For fat loss, the healthy fats will help you feel full longer. Hunger is always a problem when it comes to dieting but this ingredient will keep you satiated. It also adds a sweet, creamy texture to your smoothie that we know you’ll love.
The last two ingredients we want to highlight are frozen strawberries and frozen spinach. Not only are these two ingredients loaded with essential nutrients and minerals to keep you healthy, they will also make your smoothie taste absolutely incredible! The sweetness and tartness of the frozen strawberries will make you forget that you’re even on a diet. Additionally, the frozen spinach helps balance out the sweetness perfectly.
As we’ve said, this is an extremely easy recipe and only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. All you have to do is put ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup of frozen strawberries, ½ cup of frozen spinach, 2 tablespoons of chopped avocado, ½ tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of honey, and ½ to 1 cup of ice in a blender and blend until smooth. You also have the option of blending in 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with the ingredients or you can also top your blended smoothie with the chia seeds. With the chia seeds on top, your smoothie will have a crunchy top layer which many people love. We highly recommend trying it out.
Thanks to delicious, easy-to-make, and healthy smoothie, you never have to dread going on a weight loss diet again. In fact, you might even look forward to it!
Mind-Blowing Spinach Smoothie for Fat Burning and Weight Loss
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
½ cup milk
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen spinach (or 2 cups fresh spinach)
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp chopped avocado
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.