Saturday, July 8, 2017

5 Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss

This recipe article, 5 Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss, aims to help you start on a diet filled with fresh greens. This article offers a variety of green smoothie recipes that incorporate only greens and fruits, those that use non-dairy milk and yogurt, and even grain-filled smoothies (sometimes called ‘thickies’) that are easy to follow and will hopefully encourage you to begin and carry on a healthy and effective way to lose weight.

5 Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss



1. Gleaming Green Spinach and Lettuce Smoothie

Yield: 2 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce (or about 1 head)
  • 2 cups chopped spinach leaves (about half of a large bunch)
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup diced apples (about ½ medium sized whole)
  • ¼ cup diced pear (about 1 medium sized wholes)
  • ½ cup sliced banana
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup water

Gleaming Green Spinach and Lettuce Smoothie


Preparation:

1. Wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly before handling them.

2. Put romaine lettuce, spinach and water together in a blender. Process at low speed until mixture becomes smooth.

3. Add celery, apple and pear. Blend mixture at high speed.

4. Lastly, add the banana and lemon juice and puree until well blended.

5. Pour into glasses and serve fresh.

Variation:

Add ½ cup each of parsley and cilantro for an even greener smoothie. Using stems are okay, but chop them so they do not ruin your blender or smoothie maker.

Add an inch of ginger to recipe for an extra zing.

Smoothie fact:

This smoothie is 7 parts green vegetables and 3 parts fruit, so this will help you put more greens into your diet than you normally could in one sitting. This well-mixed green smoothie is easy to digest, which will make your body absorb more vitamins and minerals. Plus, this smoothie is amazingly filling, so it will keep you from reaching for that carbohydrate packed snack just to pacify your hunger pangs.


2. Energy Booster Spinach and Collard Greens Smoothie

Yield: 1 glass

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh collard greens
  • 4 whole medium sized oranges
  • 3 cups pineapple chunks

Energy Booster Spinach and Collard Greens Smoothie


Preparation:

1. Squeeze out the juice from the oranges. Use this fresh juice as liquid base for blending the spinach and collard greens together. Blend at slow speed until smooth.

2. Add the pineapples to the orange and greens mixture and blend at high speed until well mixed.

3. Pour and serve immediately.

Variation:

Want this smoothie to double as a cold thirst quencher? Add 6 ice cubes into the mix and blend until smooth.

Can’t find collard greens? Take it easy by replacing with a cup of chopped kale.

Smoothie fact:

Packed with fruits and vegetables that are rich in minerals, proteins and vitamins A, C, E and K, this smoothie is a surefire energy booster that will allow your body to function at an optimal level. That’s real, green and mean energy in a glass!



3. Minty Papaya Green Smoothie

Yield: 1 glass

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups spinach leaves
  • 2 cups cubed ripe papaya
  • 1 cup cubed pear
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries (dried or fresh)
  • 10 fresh leaves of mint
  • 1 cup filtered water

Minty Papaya Green Smoothie


Preparation:

1. Pour water into blender. Add papaya first, followed by the pear, berries and then mint leaves. Add the spinach last.

2. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until the smoothie turns into an even and creamy consistency.

3. Serve fresh.

Variation:

Substitute papaya with an equal part of banana and you will still have a creamy smoothie.

Pour smoothie into an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator overnight to make a refreshing morning smoothie meal replacement.

Smoothie fact:

This smoothie recipe packs in an abundance of protein, folate, magnesium and potassium. It is also high in vitamins A, B1, B6, C and K.

Aside from its high nutritional value, ripe papaya is also a good creamy fruit base to your smoothie.


4. Green Piña Colada Smoothie

Yield: 4 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped dandelion greens
  • 4 cups fresh ripe pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup shredded coconut meat
  • 4 tablespoons dried pitted dates
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Green Piña Colada Smoothie


Preparation:

1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Remember to put the liquid first and the greens last. Add ingredients in between.

2. Blend on high speed until a creamy and smooth puree is achieved.

3. Pour into glasses and serve.


Variation:

For a nutty taste, add 4 tablespoons raw cashew nuts to the recipe. Just be sure to choose the right cashews (plump, uniform in color, smells nutty and sweet) and always soak them first to remove enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.

Smoothie fact:

Dandelion greens may be bitter when eaten raw, but adding this super green vegetable to the mix will make your smoothie taste like it has alcohol in it. Best of all, dandelion greens are said to be the ultimate detox and cleansing green because it is a great liver cleanser.


5. Kiwi Green Smoothie

Yield: 1 glass

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped kale leaves
  • 1 cup chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped Swiss chard leaves
  • ½ cup sliced ripe bananas
  • ½ kiwi fruit
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • ½ teaspoon maca powder
Kiwi Green Smoothie


Preparation:

1. Wash all ingredients thoroughly. Prepare as directed in the recipe.

2. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth.

3. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

Variation:

Replace water with same amount of unsweetened coconut water for extra alkaline in your green smoothie.

If kiwis are not in season, substitute it with mango or papaya.

Smoothie fact:

Adding nutrition supplements like bee pollen and maca powder in your green smoothie will increase health benefits that your body will acquire from your mix.

RELATED: 6 Detox Smoothies Recipes To Cleanse Your System

Being fit and trim does not necessarily mean depriving yourself of essential nutrients and the actual joy of eating. Reduce your caloric intake but take in as much nutritious, satisfying and delicious foods as you can lay your hands on. The journey to weight loss can be done with green smoothies that will keep you satiated and healthy.
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