Trying to lose weight? If so, you've probably notice that all of the weight-loss foods you've tried might not be the tastiest. Thankfully, these smoothies recipes are both proven to aid in weight loss and super delicious!
Cucumber Pear Smoothie
Using cucumbers in smoothies can be very refreshing. The cucumber does not have a strong flavor, so it really takes on the other ingredients you are using. Try blending a half of cucumber, leaving the peel on, along with a pear and squirt of lime juice, using water if needed for blending.
Fruity Cucumber Refresher
Sticking with the use of cucumbers, try adding to a half of cucumber a banana, green apple, pear and a handful of spinach. To this I might add some vanilla extract for a boost of flavor. Freezing your bananas ahead of time leads to your smoothie being frosty and cold, just make sure to peel them before sticking them in the freezer.
Peanut Butter Banana
Peanut butter is a good form of protein, especially if it is natural. Try using a spoonful of peanut butter, along with a frozen banana and a spoonful of cocoa powder. Blend this with your choice of milk and a teaspoon of instant coffee granules for a kick in the morning.
Sticking with peanut butter you could blend it with along with strawberries, a banana and your choice of milk. You can always use soy, almond or rice milk if you wish. To this add a few ice cubes for a frosty treat reminiscent of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Many greens that you might not think of can be used successfully in a smoothie, and deliciously too. Take for example using kale in a smoothie and the health benefits that come from doing so. You could take a handful of kale, along with a green apple, banana and your favorite juice for the liquid.
Butternut Squash Smoothie
How about butternut squash, yes you heard me right. Cubed cooked squash along with vanilla soy milk, vanilla extract and some spices would prove very tasty. You could try cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice.
Another smoothie that reminds me of fall involves using cinnamon. Try a banana, yogurt, vanilla soy or almond milk and a dash of cinnamon. Tasty.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
How about a smoothie with pumpkin? Take some pumpkin puree, along with an apple, a banana and some milk of your choice. Whirl that in blender with some honey and pumpkin pie spice, adding a few ice cubes if you desire it to be frosty.
For those of you who like tropical flavors, orange juice is a good place to start. To this you could add mango, fresh pineapple and coconut. Don't forget the umbrella straw.
Green Tea Fruit Smoothie
Brew some green tea and use for your liquid in a special recipe. To this add a banana, handful of blueberries and a couple ice cubes. Having a frozen banana in this would make it extra creamy.
Kiwis add such a flavorful punch. Try putting one or two in a smoothie with banana pieces, fresh pineapple and some light juice or water. It will taste like summer in a cup.
Raspberry and vanilla is a wonderful flavor combination. Fresh or frozen raspberries, vanilla yogurt and a little vanilla extract would be a comforting smoothie to enjoy on a hot day. The raspberries are reminiscent of berry patches all summer long.
Very Berry Smoothie
Using a mixture of berries can also be very good. Try using blueberries, strawberries and raspberries along with some vanilla yogurt and a splash of milk. Try using both fresh and frozen berries as each will give a slightly different consistency.
How about using steam cooked beets? Blending those with some strawberries and a banana would be delicious. Use a bit of soy milk or yogurt for a creamy consistency.
Peach and Carrot Smoothie
Last but not least we could use some frozen peaches and some semi cooked carrots. Puree this together with yogurt and your choice of milk, adding a sweetener of your choice, such as honey or maple syrup. Incorporating a handful of blueberries would be a nice twist.