Superfood smoothie recipes are a great tool for weight loss. They’re full of nutrients, can replace a meal, are basically a meal you can take on the go. So even if you’re pressed for time, you can still eat well. Plus, they’re delicious and simple to customize to your specific tastes.
It’s almost impossible to make a smoothie unhealthy. Not entirely impossible though, make sure you leave out the ice cream (that would make it a milkshake) and try not to add too much sugar.
On the other hand, there are many things you can add to a smoothie to make it more healthy than you’d think. Blend up some greens such as spinach, kale or spirulina (blue-green algae) for a tasteless and healthy addition to your weight loss smoothie.
Here are five ingredients you need to add to your homemade smoothies, with other things that will go great with them. When you hear superfood smoothie recipes, you probably think of some exotic ingredient.
In fact, a superfood merely means a nutrient-rich beneficial food. All of the below ingredients can be considered superfoods and they’re easy to find in your local supermarkets.
5 Incredibly Tasty Superfood Smoothie Recipes
Here are 5 of the most delicious superfood smoothie recipes tried by me and my close friends:
1. Coconut Oil
A more recent food trend, coconut oil has taken the cooking world by storm. But would you think of putting it in your smoothie? Its neutral flavor and composition of healthy fats makes it a perfect addition to a delicious healthy smoothie.
Studies have shown that adding coconut oil to your diet helps reduce belly fat. The addition of good fats to your smoothie also helps you with satiety, making you feel full and eat less over the course of the day.
Combine half a tablespoon of coconut oil with a handful of berries, a cup of water, half an avocado and a tablespoon of honey to make a delicious weight loss smoothie full of great nutrients.
The typical smoothie ingredient, banana adds a lot more than flavor. Bananas, especially when frozen, add a creamy texture to smoothies.
They’re a great source of fiber, which can help regulate digestion and keep you feeling full, as well as potassium.
Consuming bananas on a regular basis has been shown to reduce bloating.
The best reason to add bananas to your smoothies, however, is that they taste great. If you drink green smoothies, adding a banana to the mixture can offset the often grassy taste spinach or kale contributes.
Make a delicious meal replacement smoothie by mixing a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter, a handful of blueberries, a handful of spinach, and a cup of milk of your choice.
3. Chia Seeds
Not just for growing anymore, chia seeds have become a popular part of the healthy diet. These tiny little black seeds add protein and fiber to anything they’re added to.
When exposed to liquid, they somewhat solidify, and can help your digestion. The gel they turn into can help move things along in your digestive system, while also taking up room in your stomach, making you get hungry slower.
Chia seeds are completely tasteless and often go unnoticed, so they make a great addition to any smoothie. Try adding a tablespoons of them in any of the previously introduced superfood smoothie recipes.
4. Cayenne Pepper
One of the most surprising ingredients you can add to your superfood smoothie recipes is cayenne pepper. It can make a huge difference when it comes to weight loss smoothies.
The burn in cayenne pepper is attributed to capsaicin, which has been shown to boost metabolism. Eating capsaicin daily has been proven to help with fat loss.
Adding a tiny bit of cayenne pepper to your smoothie will boost your metabolism and help you lose weight faster.
Try just ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a green smoothie with spinach, avocado and any other fruit of your choice. If you like the small kick, try adding a bit more the next time.
Like cayenne, cinnamon is another spice which has been proven to have effects on weight and belly fat reduction. It reduces bloat and fat as well as controls blood sugar.
Cinnamon has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar, keeping your insulin from spiking.
This is, as you can imagine, a good thing to have in a sweet smoothie. Cinnamon adds a nice warm flavor to your smoothie as well.
Slice up an apple and add it to a blender with a banana and ¼ cup of Greek yogurt. Then sprinkle in half a teaspoon of cinnamon and other spices if desired, such as ginger and nutmeg, to complete the apple pie flavor profile.
These are only a few of the great ingredients you can add to a weight loss smoothie. You can also use Greek yogurt, dry oats, flaxseed, and numerous other ingredients.
Add one of these to your favorite superfood smoothie recipes, or use more than one in a new combination altogether.
Smoothies are great for experimenting and finding the exact taste that works for you. If you enjoy the taste, you’re far more likely to keep up a healthy habit.
Just remember that a weight loss smoothie only works if the calorie count is within your daily numbers for weight loss. Adding weight loss ingredients to a smoothie will not negate the extra calories you’ve eaten for the day, including the smoothie itself.