Ideas For The Perfect Weight Loss Smoothie

The typical western diet consists of highly processed foods loaded with too much salt, sugar and fat. It’s not surprising that obesity is becoming widespread, no pun intended. To improve your metabolism and lose weight you need to eat more natural and non-processed foods. You can do this by making your own weight loss smoothie.

Smoothie recipes are really versatile. This is what makes them so useful when you are trying to manage your weight because  you can control the ingredients you want to put in your smoothie. If your goal is to shed excess pounds, you can make a healthy low-calorie weight loss smoothie.

Commercial smoothies are everywhere but they are not the best way to lose weight. Many commercial smoothies can easily contain 400 to 700 calories, most of them from sugar or artificial sweeters. They are often made with syrups and fruit flavors. Foods that are high in simple carbohydrates. Like most commercial smoothies will cause blood-sugar levels to rise rapidly and then fall quickly to extremely low levels, this will leave you feeling tired and weak. And this is the reason why I always recommend homemade smoothies.

Healthy Homemade Smoothies

When you make your own smoothie, you can add whole fruits and minimize the sweetness. The extra fiber from fruits will make you feel full longer. In addition, fiber helps to control the release of sugar into the blood. This results in more stable blood sugar levels. You also have the option to add low fat milk, yogurt, protein powder, wheat germ, nuts and other healthy ingredients.

Healthy Fruit Smoothie for Weight Loss

Health experts recommended a minimum of 2 cups of fruit (or 5-a-day) in the daily diet.  Therefore, making a low-calorie fruit smoothie for your snack should be as easy as blending together 1/2 cup frozen strawberries and blueberries with 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup low fat yogurt and 2 teaspoons honey. Add some ice cubes for a thicker smoothie. One serving of this fruit smoothie contains less than 200 calories.

Whey Protein Smoothie

Proteins help with weight loss because they raise your metabolism and make you feel full. Whey protein powder is derived from milk and is lactose-free and fat-free. In addition, whey protein is very easily assimilated into the body, making it the protein of choice for bodybuilders and other people who want to build lean muscle mass. A single serving of whey protein provides 80 to 100 calories.

To make a whey protein smoothie for weight loss, blend a scoop of whey protein powder in 1 cup skim milk or fruit juice. Add a few ice cubes for a shake-like texture. You can use flavored whey protein powder for variety.

Low-calorie Dessert Smoothie

You don’t have to skip dessert just because you are trying to lose weight. Make an all-natural smoothie by blending 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp almond butter and 1 cup almond milk. You’ll get a thick smoothie with about 225 calories and 7 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

Below you can find other tips that will help you lose weight and make your perfect weight loss smoothie. Use a variety of fruits and vegetables for different flavors and better all-around health.