Dec 272016
 

For healthy weight loss to occur we need to reduce our intake of calories which means we should focus on eating foods that are high in nutrients, but lower in calories. If they taste great and can satisfy our biological hunger, that’s even better. That’s why smoothies are the perfect “meal” when you are trying to eat healthier while dropping a few pounds.

Here are just a few ways that incorporating smoothies into our daily diet can help us reach our nutritional goals:

How Smoothies Can Help You Eat Better And Lose Weight

Smoothies are Packed with Nutrients: You can pack a lot of nutrients in your smoothies with ingredients like fresh or frozen berries, assorted fruits and plenty of dark, leafy greens vegetables. For an added kick, substitute coconut water instead of plain water to maintain the consistency you desire while at the same time adding essential minerals and electrolytes.

Smoothies Can Fill You Up Without the Calories: By using ample amounts of leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and chard, you can create a smoothie that’s both low in calories and high in fiber, which helps give you that feeling of being “full” without eating a huge meal. Cucumbers, peppers, and even tomatoes can help add more dietary fiber to your smoothie without adding unnecessary calories and limiting the amount of sugars. Sugars, even if they are all natural, tend to be digested relatively quickly, leaving your body craving more in a short amount of time. For cutting down on sugars even more, try to use fruit sparingly and opt for low sugar varieties like berries for best results.

Smoothies Are Versatile Part of a Balanced Diet: One of the great things about smoothies is that that are no hard and fast recipes you must follow, meaning you can add virtually any ingredient you prefer to them. It also means that you can use your smoothie as a way to address deficiencies in other parts of your diet. Just include additional ingredients to fill any nutritional holes you may have. For example, if you know your other meals for the day will be lower in protein, you may add a scoop of protein powder or perhaps some peanut butter to compensate. If you’re lacking in healthy fats, use half an avocado and some flax seed meal in your smoothies.  It is also a great way to ensure that you will always have your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

Smoothies Are Simple to Prepare: Healthy meal prep doesn’t get any easier than it does when making a smoothie. Just pick your ingredients, measure the servings needed, and put it all in the blender. In just a few quick seconds you’re ready to go. Even clean-up is a snap with nothing more than a quick rinse, then blending a bit of hot water and soap to clean out the smoothie maker. The only dishes left to clean are the glass you served it in and maybe a the knife and cutting board you used to chop up your produce.

Smoothies Taste Great: Of course, if you do them correctly, smoothies can be also be a very delicious treat. Finding out the best combinations of ingredients that suit your tastes may take some trial-and-error, but if you keep an open mind, you will surely find what flavors are your favorites that you don’t mind drinking on a regular basis as a delicious and nutritious addition to a healthy diet.

  87 Responses to “How Smoothies Can Help You Eat Better And Lose Weight”

  1. Smoothies were definitely one of my favorite go to’s. My favorite thing about them though was that you could hide vegetables in them and still not have that vegetable-y taste about it

  2. Filling me up without calories is the perfect idea. Plus who doesn’t love smoothies and all the great fruits and different veggies you can put in them.

  3. I love starting my morning with a smoothie. It definitely helps with weight loss but also just makes you feel good in general! A good juicer or blender is important.

  4. I think that will be my challenge. Finding the right combination of ingredients to make the smoothie taste good. I’ve made fruit smoothies before, but not with veggies.

  5. I love this!! Smoothies are a favorite of everyone in my house, such a great way to to stay on track and they taste amazing as well!

  6. I love having smoothies for breakfast. I don’t really get hungry in the mornings so smoothies are a great way to sneak in some nutrition and not snack before lunch when I do get hungry!

  7. Smoothies are one of my favorite snacks and breakfasts of all time. I can throw a bunch of stuff in the blender and then drink a delicious beverage!

  8. I completely agree! I love packing them with nutrients. Adding greens etc.

  9. I love making smoothies. They are not only delicious but you can pack them with so many healthy options to make them a healthier option for your daily nutrition.

  10. I love having a healthy smoothie after a workout. Sometimes I use that protein powder stuff because it’s good for muscle repair. But definitely use fresh fruit and greek yogurt often too. So yummy

  11. I wouldn’t mind making a few more smoothies with fiber and protein. Getting kale in my diet would be much easier with smoothies.

  12. I’ve never found smoothies to be filling enough so I appreciate your input that it’s the leafy greens that make the smoothie fill you up like a regular meal. I will definitely try this when I get home … and stumbled for easy reference. Thanks

  13. It is so true that smoothies can indeed help you lose weight and eat healthier. This is something I was thinking about doing to lose some weight before summer. Smoothies are great for kids that are picky eaters too. Thanks for sharing the information.

  14. I’m a huge fan of smoothies. When you use good ingredients, they can give you a huge boost of vitamins, protein, healthy fats, and more. AND they don’t taste healthy, which is always a good thing.

  15. This is a good post, well-researched and accurate. Smoothies make a big difference in your energy levels as well – at least, they do for mine.

  16. I’m a sucker for smoothies I just picked up some fruits yesterday and will be planning a couple for the rest of the week.

  17. Me and my daughter BOTH really love smoothies!

  18. I didn’t realize that smoothies were so good for us. I’ll have to start making more. I just bought my mom a blender so she could make some after she tried one of mine.

  19. Love smoothies and for the longest time used to have them every morning for breakfast. They do help in weight loss because there are so many fruits that are packed with digestive enzymes that help break down food you eat throughout the day.

  20. I really need to start drinking more smoothies! I do love them, i just need to remember to buy everything i need for them next time at the store. My kids enjoy them too which is great. Thank you for reminding me of this, i am adding it to my New Year’s resolutions.

  21. I always assumed smoothies were just a delicious treat. I am totally down to doing something for weight loss! Every time I feel snackish, I tend to gravitate to the junkiest food.

  22. I used to make smoothies all the time for myself, usually for breakfast. They are so great with the nutrients. I havent done one in a LONG time, but think I should get back on track with them again soon!

  23. Very informative post! Smoothies are easily my favorite healthy snack. I would love to see a post in the future where you share your favorite smoothie recipes. I’m always looking for new combinations.

  24. I love smoothies! I suck at making breakfasts in the morning, and smoothies are an easy and healthy option for me!

  25. The whole “smoothies taste great” thing was something I doubted for a very long time, lol. But I learned to always make sure and always do a 2:1 ratio with bitter greens and sweet fruits to avoid “pucker face”. Great post for everyone looking for detox and weight loss inspiration!

  26. I just had a green protein detox smoothie this morning. It was surprisingly much better than I thought it would be and I didn’t mind the taste at all. Here’s to hoping I see some of that weight loss.

  27. I need to start making smoothies after my workout. I plan on starting to eat healthier next week.

  28. My kids LOVE smoothies. Even my 18 month old asks me to make them daily. It is great for little kids since it is hard to get them to eat a lot of fruits and veggies most days. When I put them into a smoothie, they get them all at one time and are happy drinking it!

  29. I loooove drinking smoothies in the morning for breakfast. They are so filling and keep me satisfied until snack or lunch time! Thanks for all this awesome info on why they are good for weight loss!

  30. I love smoothies, too! They can definitely fill you up without the calories and theres are so many ingredients you can add to them. It’s one healthy food I can give to my kids that they think is “dessert.”

  31. I plan to make more green smoothies in the new year.

  32. I’ve been needing to get a new blender that can chop up leafy greens. Been eyeballing the ninja! Haha this post has motivated me to start having smoothies this week tho! Thank you!

  33. I love smoothies especially if I’m having an on the go kind of day!

  34. I can drink smoothies all day, every day and that makes me so happy!! Thank you for this, now I’m even happier!

  35. I don’t have smoothies very often! I should have them once in a while. I know I enjoy the fruit ones.

  36. I love smoothies, but usually I put unhealthy items in them. I need to start putting healthier options in my smoothies!!

  37. I used to have smoothies all the time but I have not had one in a while. I always feel better when I have one though so its time to have one again!

  38. The fact that they’re quick and easy to prepare and make is one of the many reasons I LOVE smoothies so much! They’re my favorite breakfast and snack food – it’s one of the only things I like to have in the morning! So yummy!

  39. I am a big fan of detoxing with smoothies. I’ve done the Dr Oz 3 day cleanse a few times and it works great for resetting. You have to be careful with the sugar content but adding good fats like avocado, coconut oil or nut butter helps along with protein powders. http://www.sochiclife.com/dr-oz-3-day-detox-cleanse-day-1/

  40. Smoothie is my kind of breakfast because it’s healthy and tasty at the same time.

  41. I enjoy mixing fruits when I am making my smoothie and it’s really yummy and refreshing. This is such a brilliant tips.

  42. I know I probably say this every year but I would totally hop on board the smoothie train for my 2017 goals. There are so many recipes to get inspired from!

  43. I am so ready to get back to my regular fitness routine, which includes a daily post workout smoothie. I love adding in leafy greens for extra vitamins too!

  44. I need something to help kick off my weight loss routine. My biggest problem would have to be the sweets. I think this will help me conquer the sweet tooth. Thank you.

  45. Smoothies are my go to. I find they work best for me for breakfast and/or lunch. I am make a zillion flavor combos.

  46. I am so in agreement with you on all the reasons! I love my smoothies. I like to make up packs and freeze them to make it even easier to make every day

  47. I love smoothies! I really need to start making them again!

  48. I love making smoothies every morning, it’s really healthy and refreshing Love your tips!

  49. I struggle eating in the morning because I am up and on the go so fast. Smoothies would be a great way to get some energizing nutrients into my morning!

  50. I used to have a green smoothie for breakfast every morning. It was a real treat because it filled me up and provided so many health benefits. Reading this post has really inspired me to start making them again.

  51. I love smoothies!!!!!! I really should start making them again! I’ve gotten pretty lazy lately

  52. A vegetable smoothie. Interesting. I’m used to fruit smoothies that I got to give this a try.

  53. Really should try smoothies!

  54. I love Smoothies. I make them all the time and I am always trying to sneak in veggies into my fruit smoothies not just for me, but my kids who love to “share” with me.

  55. I love the TASTE of smoothies but it’s the texture that always gets me. I need to find one that I can stomach because they’re so healthy for you!

  56. I believe these can be very helpful with one’s diet program.
    For example, one meal replacement can be very effective.

  57. i love smoothies! i get very full so quickly, so most of the time, i smoothies all the fruits/veggies in a day easier for me to drink all of them at the same time easiyl and fast

  58. We love smoothies in our home! I make one for my kids everyday!

  59. I love a smoothie after a good workout! It’s a great way to boost my system when it’s in recovery mood. Would love to have seen linking to the facts you’ve provided.

  60. Smoothies definitely can help you lose weight, especially green ones. I can confirm that myself!

  61. I love making smoothies for healthy choices. This one I will have to try out!

  62. Yes! I love smoothies, definitely will drink this one 🙂

  63. I’m a big fan of smoothies. You can sneak in so many veggies in one smoothie. Plus it’s a great way to get all your servings of fruits and veggies in one meal.

  64. I love fruit smoothies and I agree, it can help you lose weight. For me, it helps me energize after a good workout.

  65. I will let my friends read this. What a very helpful post!

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  66. My diet is so poor and I have to say that smoothies save the day every time as can put so much into them so I get the goodness that I wouldn’t from eating as I struggle with many foods

  67. My toddler and I LOVE smoothies. We make one every afternoon full of spinach and veggies. That way if we ate poorly during the day so far, we can make up for it and have an afternoon pick me up!

  68. I just love smoothies. I usually make it with fresh fruit and I just got this protein mix called Isagenix

  69. Smoothies have a lot of benefits and it’s awesome that it’s super easy to make as well. There are so many combinations from green veggies to different kinds of fruits! I really love making smoothies!

  70. I actually loves movies. I invested in a ninja have use them to lose weight. And you’re right they do taste great!

  71. I love smoothies, but they can have TONS of calories in them. Have to watch out for that.

  72. I love having smoothies for breakfast! They really are such great and conveniently healthy meals!

  73. Smoothies are a great way to get your greens too! That’s how I get my kids to eat their spinach and kale.

  74. I love smoothies, and how quick and easy they are to make. I usually throw a few of my fave fruits in them and have it on the go. They taste great and are good for you, what’s not to love?

  75. I love green smoothies. They are delicious and so good for you. I definitely need to try and lose some weight this year. I haven’t been able to give myself the time to do it, but I have to this year!

  76. I love smoothies and its health benefits! And it’s the perfect on-to-go meal when you don’t have time to sit down and eat. Can you tell I’m a city girl? 😉

  77. This is some great information! I may just have to start making smoothies!

  78. I just started doing a lot of protein smoothies for my kids and I. I love that I can throw so many things in there without them even knowing!

  79. We love smoothies at our house – It is such a good way to get some good food into my kiddos with out them throwing tantrums about it.

  80. I plan to try eating smoothies for breakfast a few times a week this month. I am going to pack it with greens and some protein powder. I have no idea if I will be able to stick with it, but I am going to give it a try!

  81. We drink a smoothie every morning. We add peanut butter powder. Its delicious!

  82. I am a huge smoothie drinker — but more than smoothies, I juice!!! Either way, it is a great way to get your daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.

  83. When I was pregnant with my daughter, smoothies were my go to meals. They are fast and delicious. And not to sound gross but easy when and if it came back up! LOL

  84. We have a lot of smoothies. They are great! I like them a lot. Isaak not usually a fan, but he still has to drink what we give him.

  85. Smoothies are so awesome for weight loss because you can pack so many veggies and fruits into them, and they’re so filling!

  86. When I first had my little guy, I drank smoothies like they were going out of style. I think I overdid it actually, because I started to hate smoothies. One of my New Year’s goals is to drink more smoothies, hopefully getting more nutrients than I normally would.