Overdoing the indulgences can easily leave your body and mind feeling sluggish, not to mention resulting in the pounds creeping back on as well. If you need to give your body a kick start, try a 3-day cleanse with one of our delicious smoothie recipes for weight loss.
A smoothie cleanse is easy to do; you just need to replace two meals with a smoothie, eat one healthy meal, and ensure you drink plenty of water. You can prepare them ahead of time, bottling them and keeping them chilled until you are ready to drink them. This makes them ideal to take to work or for a post-workout boost, and let’s face it, what better way to chill out after a great workout than by kicking back on a hammock with a cool, refreshing smoothie?
70% of the meal you prepare each day needs to contain vegetables and lean proteins, providing your body with the nutrients it needs in a well-balanced meal. A chicken salad or steak with grilled vegetables and a baked potato is just one example. Avoid white flour and processed foods too – they won’t do your body any favours at all.
Snacks are not off limits, you’ll be pleased to hear. A bonus of a smoothie cleanse is that you can eat as many raw vegetables and fruit as you wish.
How to Make Smoothies:
Smoothies are very quick and simple to make. All you need to do is add the ingredients to a blender and blend until they smooth. Simple!
If you want to make your smoothie ice cold you can freeze the fruit prior to using, or add half a cup of ice before blending together with the ingredients. Some ingredients should definitely be avoided – adding a scoop of ice cream isn’t going to put you on the right track!
As well as the smoothie recipes below, we have also rounded up some of the best ingredients for weight loss that will inspire you in creating your own smoothie recipes too.
Using a powerful blender such as a NutriBullet or similar makes easy work of extracting the goodness from fruit and veg in their entirety including the pips, which often contain additional nutrients.
Top Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
Smoothies are a quick and convenient way to detox and increase your fruit and vegetable intake. If you are not quite sure which combinations taste great, try one of our top smoothie recipes for weight loss right here…
Green Protein Smoothie
- 2 cups of mixed greens such as spinach, chard or kale.
- 1 medium banana
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk.
Apple Berry Smoothie
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or water
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 large apple
- 1 cup of mixed berries such as blueberries, strawberries or raspberries.
Banana Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 cup of water
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 apple
- 1 small banana
- I cup of pineapple
Apple and Kale Smoothie
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- 1 tbsp. flax seed
- ½ green or red apple – cored and chopped
- 1 chopped stalk of celery
- 1 ½ cups of chopped kale
- ¾ cups of ice
- 2/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Banana Strawberry Kale Smoothie
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 cup of chopped kale
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of plain yoghurt
- 1 banana
Coconut Pineapple Kale Smoothie
- 2 cups of chopped kale
- 1 cup of coconut water
- 1 cup of pineapple
- 1 banana
- ½ chopped avocado
- 1 apple – chopped, cored and peeled
- 2 cups of kale or spinach – chopped and stemmed
- 1 ½ cups apple juice
Add water to achieve consistency desired.
These smoothies not only help you to lose weight they also offer your body a natural cleanse. What is your favourite smoothie combination? We’d love to hear your delicious recipes so leave a comment and let us know your smoothie recommendations!