If you think about weight loss, the odds are that the first things that come to mind aren’t necessarily rich and flavorful foods. This helps to explain why the weight loss smoothie has become such a popular choice among dieters. It combines nutrients and weight loss friendly ingredients, while still being creamy and tasty (when done right).
That said, some ingredients are better than others in a weight loss smoothie. After all, what two things in this world are created equal? Therefore, if you want to get the very most out of your smoothie, you need to make sure you’re choosing ingredients that taste great (or that are easy to hide) but also those that will help your body to blast through all that excess fat.
The following weight loss smoothie ingredients are some exceptional additives that you can add to your blender along with your favorite fruits and most healthful yogurt. Even better, you’ll get some awesome benefits without having to back it down like a shot, while plugging your nose.
• Chia seeds – there’s a reason for all the hype around this ingredient. They are a fantastic addition to your morning smoothie. Just a tablespoon will boost your fiber levels right away. Beyond that, they’re also a powerful source of omega-3s (great anti-inflammatories) and they will help you to feel fuller for a longer period of time. This will help you to get through your morning much more easily.
• Broccoli – another great source of fiber, this inexpensive veggie will fill you up without warping the flavor of your favorite fruits that have also made their way into your smoothie recipe. Broccoli can be used either raw or quickly steamed. Steamed provides a more smooth texture, but if you don’t mind a rustic feel to your morning smoothie, go for raw.
• Green tea – caffeinated or decaf, this is a fantastic source of antioxidants that is highly refreshing. Use it as a substitute for the water you usually add to your smoothie. Just try to ignore the murky color it may add to lighter colored smoothies. If that is a turn off to you, just use it in smoothies that are based on dark colored fruits.
• Ground flaxseeds – this is a great ingredient to give some serious oomph to your smoothie. With ground flaxseeds, you’ll boost fiber and omega-3 levels while including an ingredient that combats inflammation, improves digestion, reduces cholesterol and even promotes bone health.