All natural, delicious and good for you too; what else could it be but a green smoothie. You’ve probably heard all about their benefits, but did you know they’re tasty too? Here we’ll introduce you to going green and help you out by helping you get to know our top picks for the best green smoothies for weight loss.

Mean green machine

If the thought of green juice doesn’t sound all that mouth-watering, you’re not alone. Some people find it difficult to get used to the idea of drinking spinach and other green things, but we assure you once you try it, there’s no going back.

Green smoothies have lots of pluses, and that includes being tasty. Many fitness gurus and celebs swear by green smoothies for weight loss, as a boost to their immune system (especially during the winter months), and simply as a healthy way to fill the body with some delicious nutrients.

All-around, green smoothies can be pretty darn good for you.

Smoothies and losing weight?

delish smoothie

But, before we get into the recipes, let’s explore one misconception. You might’ve heard of the green smoothie diet for weight loss, where you replace your meals with the green liquid.

So, first things first, let’s bust this fitness myth!

While smoothies might be an “effective” way to drop the pounds quickly, we don’t recommend replacing all your food with them. When trying to lose weight, follow the “quick off, quick on” rule. If you substitute your meals for smoothies, once you start to eat normally again you’ll quickly regain any weight you dropped.

That said, if done right green shakes for weight loss can be an effective way to drop the pounds. Let’s find out how.

How to drink your smoothie?

 

drinking a green smoothie

While the actual drinking of the smoothie is simple––open mouth, lift the glass, and drink–– knowing when to drink your green smoothie to maximize its weight-loss effects is essential.

Here are the best times to drink green:

  • As part of your morning breakfast. Consider adding seeds, flax or other grains to bulk it up. Maybe think about making your drink into a smoothie bowl.
  • As an afternoon snack. Stop those midday hunger pains dead in their tracks with a green smoothie.
  • After a workout. Help your body regain its energy in a healthy way with lots of green vitamins.

Green smoothie ingredients

celery and ginger smoothie

We’ve said it before, once you go green, you’ll never go back. So, while we’ll give you a few recipes to get you started, to become a true connoisseur you’ll need to know the basics about which green smoothie ingredients create the best taste.

The bare necessities

These are the key ingredients behind any green smoothie, if you’re going green you’ll be using at least one of these with every mix.

  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Coconut milk

Yummy extras

And are the tasty additions that can be added to personalize your drink to suit your tastes.

  • Melon
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Wheatgrass
  • Apples
  • Lime
  • Kiwi
  • Pears
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Chili

Don’t be afraid to experiment; it might take some time to perfect the recipe and find a flavor that satisfies your taste buds.

Top 5 green smoothie recipes

healthy beverage

The part you’ve been waiting for, these are our top five recipes to get you going on the green juice.

All you need to do is add the ingredients below into a blender, set it to go, and enjoy!

Recommendations:

For a more liquidy drink, add an extra 250 ml of water, or if you’d prefer a thicker experience try adding some flax or grains to bulk it up a bit and turn your green smoothie into a bowl.

1. Anti-bloat wonder

Perfect if you’ve overindulged and need to get back to your virtuous, beautiful self.

  • 1 banana
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 250ml orange juice

2. Mojito madness

A refreshingly sinless addition to your day.

  • 1/2 banana
  • A handful of spinach
  • A handful of mint
  • 1 juiced lime
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey to sweeten

3. Green tea garden

Discover a whole new side of the great outdoors with this all-natural potion.

  • 1 banana
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1 cup of green tea
  • 1 cup of melon
  • 1/2 cup pineapple

4. Avocado dream

Smooth, creamy and delicious; a perfectly comforting (and healthy) drink.

  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 250 ml pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple

5. Tropical paradise

Designed for when you’re feeling a bit exotic and ready to try new flavors.

  • 1 apple
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 250 ml pineapple juice
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