5 best Green Smoothie Recipes for Quick Weight Loss

5 best Green Smoothie Recipes for Quick Weight Loss

Green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to lose weight quickly. I have been drinking them almost every day for over 4 years and still like to use them when I’m feeling bloated or feel a cold/flu coming on.

Also called detox smoothies, fruit smoothies or vegetable smoothies, these easy green smoothie recipes make a deliciously easy way to get all your nutrients… through a straw!

The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases, and these recipes are a great way to get those servings.

Even kids love green smoothies! My daughter loves the Crazy for Kale Smoothie (recipe below) and of course has to have her own jar.[wp_ad_camp_1]

What is a Green Smoothie?

A green smoothie recipe is a blended drink that mainly contains vegetable greens or fruit, or a combination of both. They are an easy way to flush your body of toxins, get lots of healthy nutrients, and lose weight fast.

Green smoothies are often green or bright green and may not exactly look like the most delicious meal, but if you do it right you’ll not only love these simple green smoothies, you’ll crave them!

Your hunger will not only be satisfied, you’ll feel great and lose weight as well.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Key Point: A green smoothies is a blended mixture of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. The green vegetables gives it its distinctive color.

Green Smoothie Benefits

Because green smoothies contain all the edible parts of the plant, not just the juice, they are healthier than fruit or vegetable juices. When juices are extracted from fruit or vegetables, the fiber portion of the plant is removed. Green smoothies also contain a large amount of water, which helps boost your metabolism.

When you eat fruits and vegetables in the raw state you get double the nutrients, because when you cook food it loses half of the vitamins and nutrients.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Green smoothies are easy to make. You don’t need any special equipment, just a regular kitchen blender. You can purchase a Vitamix blender if you’re really serious about making green smoothies every day.

Green smoothies are also cheap (if you make them at home). While a vegetable smoothie at a juice bar may set you back up to $7, a homemade green smoothie may only cost you $2 – $3 on average. Shop at your local farmer’s market and save even more money while getting the freshest fruit and vegetables possible.

If you’re not a fan of drinking something “green”, try starting out with baby spinach in all your green smoothies. A spinach smoothie recipe has a very mild flavor and will naturally add vitamins and boost your metabolism. You won’t even know it’s in your smoothie, all you will taste is the fruit. Over time, try swapping half of the spinach for kale or chard.

Key Point: Green smoothies provide vegetables and fruits in their rawest form, so you get all the benefits and nutrients of the whole plant, including lots of fiber.[wp_ad_camp_5]

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Green smoothie recipes are really easy to make.

Directions:

Step 1 – add all ingredients to blender

Step 2 – blend until smooth

Step 3 – enjoy

If you like your green smoothie colder, you have two ways to do that:

  1. Freeze the fruit, or buy frozen fruit.
  2. Add 1/2 a cup of ice.

To make a green smoothie smoothie, all you need is a blender, and not even an expensive one, I’ve been using my $20 blender for a number of years and try as I might I haven’t broken it yet!

Special Tip: If you’re serious about green smoothies, I recommend you check out our list of best smoothie blenders. A good smoothie blender encourages you to drink more green smoothies, and the health benefits are worth splurging for.[wp_ad_camp_4]

The 10 Best Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss:

Here are some of the best green smoothie recipes I have found. I encourage you to try different ingredients and find the ones you especially like, because the goal is to drink these green smoothies as often as you can.

#1. Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie

This is a twist on a classic green smoothie recipe. It’s a spinach smoothie recipe which blends perfectly with the delicious flavors of strawberry and oranges (always a yummy combination). Smoothies with spinach are some of my favorite green smoothie recipes.

The metabolism boosting secret is the almond milk, which contains extra protein and creaminess. Studies have shown that protein increases the thermic effect of food (TEF) due to the extra calories required to digest it. This causes a rise in your metabolic rate.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 orange peeled
  • ⅓ cup strawberries
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk

#2. Scrub Yourself Clean Green Smoothie

This is one of my favorite recipes for a detox smoothie flush. Not only does it taste really delicious, but it also helps boost your metabolism, too!

Broccoli is an extremely healthy vegetable, often referred to as a “super veggie”. It’s high in many nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, potassium and iron. Broccoli also contains more protein than most other vegetables, which gives you an extra metabolic boost.

Scrub Yourself Clean Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup almond milk

#3. Purple Passion Green Smoothie

This Purple Passion Green Smoothie recipe is a spinach smoothie recipe that’s full of antioxidants thanks to the strawberries and blueberries. The flavors all blend perfectly into a really delicious, mellow, creamy weight loss smoothie that’s also got a fun purple color.

Strawberries are packed full of vitamin C, naturally increasing metabolism. They are also a natural anti-inflammatory, making them perfect for enjoying after a workout, reducing muscle soreness, opening up breathing passages and reducing bloat.

Purple Passion Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water

#4. Grown Up Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

This is another really good recipe if you’re just starting out with green smoothies. The flavor is divine, and you can hardly taste any of the spinach, since smoothie with spinach tend to be milder tasting. You mostly just taste the banana and strawberry flavors with a hint of vanilla. Fruit smoothies recipes generally taste mostly like fruit, and this is one of the best green smoothie recipes I know.

Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious. They provide several essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion, heart health and weight loss.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Grown Up Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

#5. Apple Pie Green Smoothie

This is a really healthy vegetable smoothie recipe that has a very unique taste thanks to the apple pie spices and vanilla. It’s one of my favorites to make in the Fall to remind me of apple pie.

Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C and various antioxidants. They are also very filling, with a relatively low calorie content. Studies show that eating apples can have a lot of health benefits.

Apple Pie Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 apple peeled and cored
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water