I once read a quote that said ‘When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you do good’. The basis to achieving a lot in life lies in how you look, more importantly how you perceive yourself which is why there are so many motivational books written to assist people in how they can be the best version of themselves. One of the number one causes of a poor self image is weight gain. Excessive weight gain is caused by a number of factors including consuming too many processed foods, stress and not eating enough foods that the body needs. To be able to start reversing all these effects and start changing your body from the inside out it is important to adopt new lifestyle habits. One of the best habits that you can adopt is to add green smoothies to your meals. Green smoothies, that is a smoothie where the main ingredients consist of your basic greens such as spinach, kale, brocolli, cucumber etc. Combining these vegetables with some fruits and seeds or superfoods results in a proper balanced meal. Green smoothies are an easy and tasty way to increase you intake of nutrients and vitamins.
The Best Weight Loss Smoothie Foods
All fruits and vegetables are going to be great for weight loss, but there are a few that stand out. Foods that are low in calories and high in fibre are going to kickstart weight loss, such as apples (with skin), goji berries, blueberries, pomegranates, pears (with skin), strawberries, bananas, oranges, celery, cucumber, carrots, sprouts and all leafy greens. For extra health and good omega fats, you can add nuts and seeds such as almonds, cashews, chia, hemp, flax seeds (linseed), pumpkin seeds, sesame and sunflower seeds. There are so many different combinations that you can make, its an interesting and tasty way to get rid of extra, unwanted centimetres. Plus, it takes away the craving if you have a sweet tooth like me.
Green smoothies are an ideal fat burning food as they are nutrient-rich, loaded with fibre and low in fat. However, there is an art to making a weight loss smoothie. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect weight loss smoothie.
Avoid using dairy products in your smoothies. This includes otherwise “healthy foods” like yogurt and milk. You can get enough calcium from other fruit and vegetables that you don’t need to add milk or yogurt.
Try to use very little to no sweeteners. Refined and concentrated, processed sugar will hinder your ability to lose weight. Ripe bananas or other sweet, ripe fruit will sweeten your smoothies without presenting a problem for weight loss. Agave syrup, table sugar, honey and other concentrated sugars will turn a healthy, weight loss smoothie into a sugar bomb. If you absolutely must add a sweetener to your smoothie, try dates. However, wean yourself off of them as soon as you can since dates are a dried food with concentrated sugars.
Avoid using store-bought fruit juices or plant milks. These processed drinks are full of added sugars and preservatives. If you want fruit juice in your smoothie, squeeze your own juice from fresh citrus or make your own almond milk. It’s very easy to make most nut milks with a blender and a strainer or nut milk bag.
Avoid canned or packaged foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens are packed full of fibre, and full of micronutrients that boost your metabolism. Canned and packaged contain added additives that are used to preserve the food that are not very healthy for you.
Add superfoods. Superfoods are not only good for you but they enhance the taste of smoothies. Superfoods such as goji berries, lucuma powder maca root powder and cacao powder are a good investment for your health.
Don’t rely only on green smoothies for weight loss. Green smoothies can certainly help you lose weight, but a long-term change in diet and lifestyle will give you the health results you are after for life.
Drink up, lose weight, look good, feel good and do good!