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Smoothies For Weight Loss: 7 Best Ingredients To Shed The Kilos

Get in shape with these 5 smoothie ingredients!

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Smoothies are the simplest, yummiest and most effective way of packing up all the nutrients you need to sip on the go, which makes them even more attractive for people with hectic or flux schedules.

Further to the creative freedom at your disposal to make them as delicious and as appealing as you want (a good banana and papaya smoothie is really pleasing to the eye!), smoothies are also a great tool for weight loss.

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Also known as breakfast shakes, green smoothies or detox smoothies (that, by the way, also depends on how you prepare them, a misguided recipe can actually lead to weight gain!), they are relatively low in calories and can sustain you for quite some time.

This freedom to get creative with different ingredients to mix for your taste also comes with exciting opportunities for learning how to create a balanced smoothie. Which is, in a nutshell, being able to balance out the amount of protein included, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and nutrients.

But there’s more.

If you really get into the consistent game of sticking to smoothies as a consistent element of your dietary lifestyle, you will soon find yourself being able to toss in elements that support and accelerate your weight loss by boosting your metabolic rate and giving you a good fix of energy while sustaining you for relatively long bouts of time!

Therefore, you can shed some serious weight simply because you get all the required nutrients in one glass without the additional or empty calories.


Side Note; What I love about having them for breakfast is how I don’t feel as bloated or as heavy as I do after having a traditional breakfast with eggs, meats and carbs. You kinda feel fresh with the confidence boost of having started your day right, a positive state of mind which can set in motion an equally positive chain of healthy choices for the rest of the day. 


The Best Ingredients For Weight Loss

As you might already know, food in itself does not really guarantee miraculous weight loss. We’ve talked about this. It’s actually more about everything else that happens inwith and around the healthier options that counts for the optimum health and weight loss results. While smoothies and tried and true vehicles to improved health and weight loss, knowing what to include and what to avoid is key.

  • AVOCADO
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We call it the magic fruit for good reason. While most of its peers in the fruit world consist mainly of carbohydrates, avocado is high in healthy fats.

And according to  Healthline.com, they also come with absolutely no cholesterol or sodium, and they are low in saturated fat. Avocados are already loved for their ability to promote positive hair growth, enhancing the skin and lowering cholesterol levels. The fact that they also make for a creamier smoothie makes them essential. With the good dose of healthy fat, avocados will keep you feeling fuller until the next meal.

  • BERRIES 

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Some people still function from the notion that healthy food options have to be dull and bland. Berries, any kind, pack so much flavour that they alone disprove this myth. They enhance the savour without the excess sugar and calories. The good people at Eating Well document the fruit’s reputation, highlighting the positive effects that include blueberries being packed with antioxidants that can help preserve a sharp memory as you get older.

All berries; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries come with ample fibre, a nutrient that is important for a healthy digestive system. That makes these really great for a nutritious breakfast shake!

  • CAYENNE PEPPER 

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Cayenne pepper is one of the most powerful natural ingredients for losing weight. It suppresses the appetite, enhances the metabolic rate and helps dissolve fat. Therefore kicking your day off with some cayenne pepper in your smoothie guarantees you an extended sense of fullness and satiety. Your trips to the fridge to ‘check out the scene’ just won’t be as much.

  • COCONUT OIL
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Now any excuse to include coconut in whatever you consume is a pretty smart decision for optimal health, weight loss, glowing skin, improved hair growth and a ton of energy! You can use it to cook, create organic pastes to be applied directly on the scalp and on your skin, and, as a superfood for the ultimate weight burning smoothie. Coconut oil keeps you satiated (feeling full), energised and feeling light.

  • GREEK YOGHURT 
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Greek yogurt adds the smooth texture and sour taste that will give any combination of ingredients just the right kick! I love what it does to the strawberry smoothie, in which you blend strawberries with basil leaves, almond milk, a teaspoon of milk and greek yoghurt for a lush and yummy, desserty smoothie treat! While dairy products fall in the list of no-no ingredients for weight loss in smoothies and elsewhere, this Greek yoghurt is the better option. It contains higher levels of protein, which promote satiety and leaves you energetic for longer. Stick to the full-fat, plain ones. Things tend to go downhill once you go ‘flavoured’.

  • LEAFY GREENS 
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Smoothies provide the perfect opportunity to blend the most nutritious foods without the risk of piling up excess calories, and leafy greens are right up on that list. Spinach, kale, dandelion and romaine lettuce are all low in calories and quite high in fibre.

  • TEA/WATER/ICE

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Substitute the dairy products and fruit juices with healthier options whenever you can. Tea, water and ice are better options to give your smoothies good consistency. Try healthy teas, which are a whole world to dive into. Rooibos and Hoodia Tea is really good as an appetite suppressant. There are many fruity, herbal teas you can use instead. Green tea packs healthy nutrients that can aid weight loss.

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