Green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to lose weight quickly. I have been drinking them almost every day for over 4 years and still like to use them when I’m feeling bloated or feel a cold/flu coming on.
Also called detox smoothies, fruit smoothies or vegetable smoothies, these easy green smoothie recipes make a deliciously easy way to get all your nutrients… through a straw!
The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases, and these recipes are a great way to get those servings
What is a Green Smoothie?
A green smoothie recipe is a blended drink that mainly contains vegetable greens or fruit, or a combination of both. They are an easy way to flush your body of toxins, get lots of healthy nutrients, and lose weight fast.
Green smoothies are often green or bright green and may not exactly look like the most delicious meal, but if you do it right you’ll not only love these simple green smoothies, you’ll crave them!
Your hunger will not only be satisfied, you’ll feel great and lose weight as well.
Key Point: A green smoothies is a blended mixture of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. The green vegetables gives it its distinctive color.
Green Smoothie Benefits
Because green smoothies contain all the edible parts of the plant, not just the juice, they are healthier than fruit or vegetable juices. When juices are extracted from fruit or vegetables, the fiber portion of the plant is removed. Green smoothies also contain a large amount of water, which helps boost your metabolism.
When you eat fruits and vegetables in the raw state you get double the nutrients, because when you cook food it loses half of the vitamins and nutrients.
Green smoothies are easy to make. You don’t need any special equipment, just a regular kitchen blender.
Green smoothies are also cheap (if you make them at home). While a vegetable smoothie at a juice bar may set you back up to $7, a homemade green smoothie may only cost you $2 – $3 on average. Shop at your local farmer’s market and save even more money while getting the freshest fruit and vegetables possible.
If you’re not a fan of drinking something “green”, try starting out with baby spinach in all your green smoothies. A spinach smoothie recipe has a very mild flavor and will naturally add vitamins and boost your metabolism. You won’t even know it’s in your smoothie, all you will taste is the fruit. Over time, try swapping half of the spinach for kale or chard.
Key Point: Green smoothies provide vegetables and fruits in their rawest form, so you get all the benefits and nutrients of the whole plant, including lots of fiber.
How to Make a Green Smoothie
Green smoothie recipes are really easy to make.
Step 1 – add all ingredients to blender
Step 2 – blend until smooth
Step 3 – enjoy
If you like your green smoothie colder, you have two ways to do that:
- Freeze the fruit, or buy frozen fruit.
- Add 1/2 a cup of ice.
To make a green smoothie, all you need is a blender, and not even an expensive one, I’ve been using my $20 blender for a number of years and try as I might I haven’t broken it yet!
The 10 Best Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss:
Here are some of the best green smoothie recipes I have found. I encourage you to try different ingredients and find the ones you especially like because the goal is to drink these green smoothies as often as you can.
#1. Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie
This is a twist on a classic green smoothie recipe. It’s a spinach smoothie recipe which blends perfectly with the delicious flavors of strawberry and oranges (always a yummy combination). Smoothies with spinach are some of my favorite green smoothie recipes.
The metabolism boosting secret is the almond milk, which contains extra protein and creaminess. Studies have shown that protein increases the thermic effect of food (TEF) due to the extra calories required to digest it. This causes a rise in your metabolic rate
Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 orange peeled
- ⅓ cup strawberries
- 1 cup raw spinach
- 1 cup almond milk
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