Meal preparation is the most time consuming part of dieting. When you’re planning to lose weight, you not only want to cut down on the calorie consumption but also, on carbs and sugar. Reducing the amount of food you eat can leave you feeling empty and hungry all day, and also might lead to lack of certain nutrients and vitamins in your body. Finding something that is low calorie, tastes great and is satisfying at the same time can be challenging, that’s when smoothies come into the picture. These delicious, fresh drinks, not only fill you up but are also packed with the nutrients and freshness of fruits and vegetables. Most popular, readily available smoothies can pack several grams of sugar, which renders them useless if you’re trying to lose weight through a healthy diet. However, most of these healthy smoothies can easily be made at home with just a quick blend. Here are the top 10 healthy smoothies to shed those extra pounds without having to comprise with the taste or serving size.

10. Carrot Ginger Smoothie

 

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If you’re looking for healthy snacking options, carrots always come in handy. Carrots make a great diet food because they’re low in calories. Also, they are rich in fiber and contain lots of vitamins- A, C, B3, B6, E and K. Vitamin C from the carrots can help you burn more fat during exercise. They are also packed with lots of iron, magnesium and potassium. Despite of their rough texture, they can be easily blended into a smooth consistency using a high power blender.

Here’s what you need-
  • 2 cups chopped carrot
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

First, to make the carrot juice, simply add carrots and blend until it gets a smooth creamy consistency. Put this pulpy mixture in a cloth and squeeze out the juice in to a jar. The carrot juice can be stored for up to 2-3 days, though it’s best to use it fresh. Take 1 cup carrot juice and 1 cup almond milk, add the turmeric and ginger, and blend. Keep in refrigerator for a few minutes and enjoy.

9. Banana Blueberry Smoothie

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This combo of banana and berries is rich in vital nutrients that are not only healthy for your skin, nails and hair, but also provide an energy boost. It’s a healthy dose of vitamin B and C. Banana mixed with berries, makes this smoothie rich in fiber and potassium. This deep purple, low calorie smoothie is an ideal post workout drink. Low fat yogurt will add calcium and probiotic bacteria to support a well functioning digestive system.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1/2 Cup plain yogurt (low fat)
  • 1/2 Cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 Whole banana

In a blending jar, first take the blueberries and crush them with a quick blend. Frozen blueberries make it easier to crush them into a fine paste-like consistency. Chop the banana into the blender and blend well until you get smooth paste. Now, add the yogurt and some cinnamon if you like and blend once more. Your cool appetizing drink is now ready.

 8. Pineapple Detox Smoothie

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Pineapple is one such sweet delicious tropical fruit that can easily blend with many other fruits like banana, mangoes, coconut etc. Pineapple has abundance of vitamin A and C, making it a great addition to any weight-loss regime. Ginger in the drink adds spice and spikes your metabolism, and flushes out waste. Cayenne pepper, which also helps in regulating blood sugar, when combined with the others can create a lethal fat loss weapon.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 unripened banana (frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1-2 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup water

First of all, you might be wondering, why frozen unripened bananas? It’s because unripe bananas have resistant starch, which is difficult to digest, hence it makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time.

Take the pineapple chunks, the banana chops, ginger, pepper and blend it, add water slowly as required. Blend until you get a smooth consistency.

7. Cherry Pie Smoothie

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Cherries are a high fibre food and excellent vitamin C food source. This delicious cherry smoothie will cost you only a little over 100 calories. The fresh frozen cherries, non-fat yogurt, oats, and vanilla extracts make it taste like a dessert. The cherry keeps sugar craving in check, by managing the ghrelin- hunger hormone. This drink is full of protein, naturally sweet and gluten free for you to enjoy.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1 Cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • Some vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of salt

Blend the frozen cherries smooth. Add oats and blend again, to make sure there are no lumps. Add the yogurt, vanilla extract and salt, blend until you get a creamy smooth consistency. Enjoy your sweet treat.

6. The Green Detox Smoothie

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Kale and spinach might not be a go to choice for breakfast for most of us. On the other hand, simply juicing these leafy vegetables might help you in swallowing them down but takes away all the healthy fiber. This refreshing and health boosting smoothie with pear, mint and ginger helps in blending the bitter taste of kale or spinach, is very rich in nutrients and is full of fiber which is great for cleansing the colon!

Here’s what you need-
  • 1 stalk kale or  1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 inch peeled ginger
  • 1 sprig mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup pear (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. You can add more water to suit your preferred consistency. It’s best to drink this smoothie every morning for healthy digestion and glowing skin.

5. Blueberry Butter Smoothie

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These sweet and satisfying blueberries are high in water and full of fiber. As a bonus, they are also very rich in anti-oxidants. Yogurt takes more time to leave your stomach, making you feel fuller for longer. Plus, it helps you burn more calories as you digest the protein from the yogurt. And since we are using nonfat (low-fat or low-sugar types) yogurt, you don’t need to worry about consuming extra carbs or sugar.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 unripened banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non fat)
  • 3 dates, pitted and quartered

Combine the ingredients in the blender and purée on high speed. You can add ice cubes if you like. There really is no wrong way of doing it. You can add some salt if you like.

4. Tropical Avocado Smoothie

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This recipe contains no added sugars and is brimming with nutrition. This low calorie, vitamin rich fruit can shrink your waist and can provide you with the kind of fat that is good for your body. It is also, one of the best hunger-squashers out there. Eating half a fresh avocado with lunch can help you decrease the desire to eat for hours afterwards. What better way than to have a refreshing smoothie made of avocados.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 ripened banana

Shred the spinach into the blender, add all the other ingredients as well. Blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed until very smooth.

3. Vanilla Cranberry Smoothie

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This smoothie is super easy and fast to make. To make the smoothie all you need is some cranberry sauce and skim milk. Cranberries are an excellent source of antioxidants. They are less sweet and less acidic than many citrus juices and you can mix it with other beverages to enjoy it in a variety of ways. Even if you drink 1-2 glasses of pure cranberry juice daily, it can help you drop the extra pounds much more easily.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup non fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Keeping the promise, easy as a pie. Just toss in all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. You can add a tbsp honey if you want to sweeten it a little more.

2. Pear Power Smoothie

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This fruit, rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber is a perfect one to add to your smoothie. Pear is one of the superfoods, if you are trying to lose weight. Pear has hunger-fighting pectin, a soluble fiber that helps slow digestion, which keeps you fuller for a longer period of time. And, while cinnamon has great digestive properties, it helps with weight loss by regulating the breakdown of carbohydrates and the production and use of insulin by the body, it also warms up the drink and blends in with crispy flavor of pear.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1 very ripe pear
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Simply chop the banana and the pear in the blender and blend them in a paste like consistency. Add the cinnamon and milk, and blend until smooth.

1. Green Apple Pie Smoothie

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This is essentially, your apple pie in a glass except, this smoothie contains no added sugar and instead of giving you belly rolls, it helps reduce fat. The smoothie is so tasty that you won’t even realize if you even added some spinach to it.

Here’s what you need-
  • 1 big green apple, chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plain non fat yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Stop the blender and scrape down sides of blender as needed. Your extra thick and creamy smoothie is ready.

When trying to use smoothies to drop weight, always remember that liquid calories “count”. Fresh fruit drinks can serve as an amazing weight loss tool, but if you are eating a full lunch, as well as a 200 to 300 calorie drink on the side, you’re likely looking at taking in more calories than you ought to in order to create a caloric deficit. It is essential to maintain a healthy balance between diet and exercise for healthy and long tern weight loss.