Are you looking to lose weight drinking healthy weight loss smoothies? Smoothies are a great way to make sure you are getting all of your nutrients simply and easily in one glass.
I mean c’mon, what good is it to be skinny if you’re compromising your health while getting there? It’s actually a lot easier than you’d think to go from “healthy weight loss smoothie” to “sugar-filled glass of thick juice.”
It is so important to make sure that you’re making yourself healthy, balanced smoothies that have all the right levels of nutrients in them, especially if you’re planning on replacing meals regularly with them, instead of only doing 1-2 per week!
As you’ll see from the list below, it’s entirely possible to create your own delicious weight loss smoothie plan, with something new every day to keep things interesting! Bring on the easy weight loss smoothies and bring on the happier, healthier you!
Pairing this with a good exercise regimen is a sure-fire way to help you shed fat and slim down.
You can also get the fastest results going on an all smoothie diet!
How To Make Weight Loss Smoothies at Home
What do you need for delicious, filling weight loss smoothies? You will need all of the ingredients the recipe calls for and a way to blend the ingredients together. If you already have a blender, you are all set.
When making a weight loss smoothie at home, we always use our NutriBullet because it works so well.
Eating all of these healthier foods is a great choice, but it can also be expensive. We have some great tips to help you keep your grocery budget in check once you start making these super weight loss recipes regularly.
Do make it a point, though, to make your smoothies per the recipe instructions to be sure that you are actually making healthy fruit and vegetable smoothie recipes for weight loss, instead of what may as well be high-calorie fruit-flavored desserts.
It really doesn’t take much to throw off the macros of these recipes and get too much sugar (which typically means weight gain, among other negative side effects) or simply end up with nutritional deficiencies over time, which comes with its own host of problems.
In general, you’ll want to follow these guidelines:
- Keep your finished serving size around 8-10 oz for a thicker smoothie (those cute, tiny mason jar glasses you always see in smoothie pictures ARE on purpose and not just for looks – they’re the perfect size for portioning out your smoothie!). If your smoothie is far more water-based, you might be able to get away with a 16-oz smoothie depending on the exact ingredients. This will keep your calorie levels under control, and also help make you’re not getting too much of any vitamins in your drink, which believe it or not can cause problems for your health.
- Assuming you’re following a healthy diet outside of eating smoothies and you’re aiming for 5 servings of fruits and 5 servings of veggies per day, then limit yourself to no more than 2 servings of fruit per smoothie serving. The reason for this is to avoid a “sugar-rush” from too much fruit in one sitting (which can cause your insulin to spike), as well as let your body take it’s time to absorb as much goodness as it can, without your system being “rushed” to digest so much as once.
- Sugar is sweet. Therefore super sweet smoothies are, sorry to say, too sugary to be as healthy as possible. You can split your finished smoothie in half and water it down to help reduce your sugar intake (although you do likely lose some nutritional value this way), and definitely make a note to add fewer sugary foods and sweeteners next time. Replace sweetened milk with unsweetened, avoid adding things like honey, and try to pair a high-sugar-content fruit with a low-sugar-content fruit instead.
- Keep the protein levels to a reasonable amount (by making a point following recipes). Unless you’ve been specifically advised by a professional, licensed nutritionist to eat an insane amount of protein for some reason, there is such a thing as too much protein, both at once and in a day.
(You can read more here about how to make sure a smoothie is healthy AND effective for weight loss.)
Weight Loss Smoothie Recipes
Whether you’re looking for green smoothies for weight loss, detox smoothies to shed belly weight, weight loss smoothies with protein powder, or even weight loss smoothies for breastfeeding moms, it’s a guarantee that you can find something that will work for you!
Enjoy these 10 weight loss smoothie recipes that will keep you healthy and satisfied.
*Make it a point to keep track of the nutritional and caloric value of these smoothies versus your recommended daily calories (you can use this calorie calculator to get a baseline to work from).
If you find that you’re constantly feeling too full, or if you’re not losing weight despite portion control, you likely need to increase your exercise and/or reduce the size of your smoothie meal.
(Make sure you talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen!)
Beet Detox Smoothie Delight
Found on Ilona’s Passion
Have you tried beets in a while? Why not try beets in a smoothie mixed with fruit.
Beets are high in folate, potassium, and fiber, to name a few, making them excellent for your health (and making this a great option if you’re looking for a weight loss smoothie for breastfeeding)!
They’re also high in vitamin C, which is good to keep you healthy and help fight off sickness.
Immunity Boosting Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie
Found on The Pretty Bee
Feeling like you are starting to get sick? I work in a school so I constantly feel like I might be coming down with something.
The Pretty Bee has created an immune-boosting smoothie which is perfect for weight loss because it will keep you healthy.
The last thing you want is to be on a weight loss journey and have your health turn on you. Drink this when you’re feeling any immune system changes.
Since pregnancy lowers your immune system capabilities, this is also another great weight loss smoothie for breastfeeding moms. You’ll know you’re getting great nutrition AND doing extra to help protect you and baby from germs!
Anti-Inflammatory Red Smoothie
Found on iFoodReal
A lot of people don’t realize how much inflammation in different parts of your body can affect your weight loss efforts. Mixing a smoothie like this in once in a while is a great way to make sure that the inside of your body is getting the attention it needs to keep working in tip-top shape, too!
Healthy Pineapple Smoothie with Banana
Found on Savory Tooth
Mixing vegetables in with your smoothie is an excellent option – the only thing better than a super healthy smoothie for breakfast is one that helps you get those pesky vegetables out of the way sooner!!
This simple smoothie has just 5 ingredients. It is a little higher in calories, but worth it with all the healthy ingredients.
This is the perfect choice for seeing excellent results not just in weight loss, but in overall health improvement.
Grapefruit Citrus Ginger Smoothie
Found on Natalie’s Happy Health
There’s a reason people always think “eat grapefruit for breakfast” when they think of diets and weight loss.
Here’s a MUCH better (tastier!) way to do the same thing with an easy to make smoothie!
Recently, I have been loving ginger! Interestingly, it’s a natural appetite suppressant, which means it will help curb your appetite and make you feel fuller longer, making this recipe just about the perfect, filling weight loss smoothie!
Skinny Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
Found on Beyond Frosting
I feel like this is the PERFECT smoothie recipe for fall — I’ll be craving my favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte but it’s SO full of sugary calories! This recipe would be ideal for getting my pumpkin fix on, but still putting weight loss and health first!
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Found on On Sutton Place
I feel like this might be just about the most ideal weight loss smoothie recipe ever — it’s super simple to make, it’s got the perfect taste and texture, and it uses ingredients that are SO affordable, no matter the time of year! (Let’s face it — berry smoothies are delicious but berries are definitely expensive!)
Found on Dinner At The Zoo
I love that you can feel like you’re already on that tropical vacation that you’re trying to slim down for….while you’re still working on slimming down!
Mix this smoothie into your weekly smoothie menu so you get a tasty little dose of extra motivation to lose weight before your next vacation!
Fresh Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie
Found on Nutrition In The Kitch
People go crazy for a good detox program, and with good reason — it works! The only problem with most of the detox programs is that they focus more on results than on the actual health value of what you’re putting into (or rather, not putting into) your body.
A good detox weight loss smoothie is an excellent way to get the same benefits but while being sure that you’re taking good care of yourself at the same time!
Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie
Found on Culinary Hill
I think by now we all know that green smoothie recipes for weight loss and detox DO work. The only hard part to swallow is the thought of putting spinach in your smoothie.
I have to be honest with you. A while back I tried spinach in my smoothie. I thought it was all I was going to taste. The opposite actually happened — it was so flavorful and the spinach mixed in so smoothly!
Spinach is absolutely packed with great nutrients, making this superfood smoothie one your body will thank you for!
Green Detox Smoothie Recipe
Found on Healthier Steps
Ah, the dreaded “green smoothie.” Something about smoothies in this color seems to make people run the other way, but as I said before, it really is DELICIOUS! I don’t understand why the green color makes us all hesitant to try it, but I promise you, again, that you’ll honestly be hooked after just one taste!
Layered Mixed-Berry Green Power Smoothie
Found on Whole and Heavenly Oven
How cool is this double-decker drink? The first layer is blueberries and raspberries, and the second layer is kiwi and mango. This recipe also calls for vanilla protein powder. We love Designer Whey Protein Powder and a little goes a long way.
If you’re wondering how to make smoothies with frozen fruit, this is definitely the first one I’d recommend you try. You could even make this weight loss smoothie without protein powder for a healthy, summery drink at your next party!
Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Smoothie
Found on Nutrition Twins
It’s a fact that the thicker your smoothie is, the more satiated (less hungry) you’ll feel when you’re done eating it!
There’s just something in our brains that makes us put together that food is thick (and maybe even needs chewing), so if you can have a nice rich smoothie like this but still maintain the weight loss benefits from it, it’s a big win!
Blue Banana Smoothie
Found on Eat Right
There’s something about blueberries that makes just about everyone happy. They’re tasty, just the right amount of sweet, and have just the right amount of other nutritional values to make them earn their title of “superfood!”
Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Found on Daily Smoothie
If you’re looking for another weight loss smoothie with simple ingredients, then look no further!
This is also another superfood smoothie! Blueberries have great antioxidants in them that you won’t get with other foods.
Adding in oatmeal makes this the perfect on-the-go weight loss smoothie for breakfast!
Oh yeah, are you wondering if any of these recipes will tell you how to make a smoothie with yogurt? Although you could probably use any kind, this recipe, in particular, uses Greek yogurt – as if it didn’t have enough amazing healthy ingredients, to begin with!
Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake
Found on Oh My Veggies
Raise your hand if you enjoy a delicious, possibly-chocolate-flavored, rich coffee as a tasty treat to start your day! (I’ve got both of mind raised.)
Replace that calorie-heavy latte or iced cappuccino with this chocolate breakfast shake and you will see a big change in your health but without any loss of taste! You could even add a pinch of instant coffee if you truly need the caffeine “pick-me-up.”
French Toast Breakfast Protein Shake
Found on Dashing Dish
Wait… I thought this list was for weight loss? It is! How delicious does this french toast smoothie sound and look? With a flavor like this, this has to be THE weight loss smoothie for picky eaters!
Not to mention that at only 180 calories, this smoothie is a great meal replacement to help save your calories for later.
On second thought, I might save this delicious recipe to be dessert and sneak this weight loss smoothie before bed!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
Found on Cooking Classy
All of my three favorite flavors mixed together into a delicious smoothie. Is there a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter? When a banana is added to the mix it puts the flavors into a super blast.
With a rich flavor and thick texture, you might forget that you’re not drinking a milkshake! This delicious weight loss smoothie with almond milk gets taken up a notch if you substitute with vanilla almond milk!
Classic Vanilla Weight Loss Smoothie
Found on Lucille Roberts
On the rare chance that you don’t much care for chocolate but you’re still looking for a more milkshake-like weight loss smoothie, then this is truly the perfect recipe for you!
You could easily toss in a few berries to tweak the flavor to become something a little more “colorful,” so this is a great recipe to keep handy as a good “base” recipe!
Nut Lovers Cashew Date Smoothie
Found on Downshiftology
The look of this cashew date smoothie makes me think of a drink from Starbucks. However, in this weight loss smoothie, it contains dates.
Dates are great for weight loss because the high fiber helps keep you regulated.
But wait, because this recipe gets even better. Whether due to necessity or to choice, if you’re dairy-free…this recipe is too! Try it out this weekend!
Cake Batter Smoothie
Found on The Seasoned Mom
Yes, you read that right. Yes, it’s actually a healthy smoothie because it’s sugar-free and only takes 5-ingredients.
Yes, I’ll wait while you read it again a few times, drool, clean that up, and come back.
The secret ingredient here? Cake Batter flavored protein powder. Why did I not know that this existed before now?!
BONUS: 3-Ingredient Breakfast Smoothie Ideas
Need a quick three-ingredient weight loss smoothie to make before heading out the door? This list from Focus Fitness is incredible with so many different options. I definitely pinned this one for later!
Found on Focus Fitness
Wow, I want to go make all of these! Anyone who is looking for some great weight loss, fat cutting, healthy smoothie ideas has so many different options and flavors to choose from. Happy blending!