Our favorite smoothies for weight loss that are both healthy and delicious!
10 Best Smoothies for Weight Loss (That Taste Amazing Too!)
During college I used to order a smoothie from our campus smoothie bar almost every day. Like many people I assumed that they were healthy and good for weight loss.
Then I read the ingredients….and WOW! Some of those supposedly “healthy” smoothies contained up to 800 calories each.
Lesson learned: all smoothies are not created equal and they are definitely not all good for you!
The best way to find good smoothies for weight loss or to provide your body with lots of real nutritional benefits is to make them yourself. That way you know exactly what is inside your glass!
The following smoothies are our personal favorites — they’re tried and tested — not only are they healthy, but they taste amazing too!
How to Use Smoothies for Weight Loss
When I enjoy a smoothie, I do so in place of breakfast (these smoothies all have lots of nutritional goodness to provide energy to start your day) or as a healthy snack.
We tried to include a variety of different smoothies to fit in with a variety of eating styles and diets – from low calorie to high protein. Every smoothie recipe on the list might not work for you, but hopefully you’ll find plenty of inspiration!
For example, if you’re following a low-calorie diet, the rich paleo smoothies might eat up a large chunk of your daily allotment. However, on a paleo diet you don’t usually count calories, so it would be a perfect fit in that case!
The key is to find a smoothie that fits your specific dietary needs. I’ve tried to make it easy for you by highlighting what each smoothie recipe below offers with “key benefits” listed.
Charcoal Detox Smoothie
Why we love it: Believe it or not, this jet-black smoothie tastes like tropical paradise! Charcoal is known for its cleansing and detoxing benefits, and the fruits provide antioxidants, potassium, and immune system support.
Key benefits: detox/cleansing
Protein source: Add vegan protein powder for a plant-based boost.
Best Tasting Green Protein Smoothie Ever
Why we love it: A green protein smoothie that looks AND tastes amazing! (No slimy green smoothies here!) Super creamy so it tastes like a treat, but it’s actually a full serving of veggies. Gluten free, dairy free, and free from refined sugars or artificial sweeteners.
Key benefits: high protein, nutritional support
Protein sources: hemp protein powder, chia seeds
Strawberry “Superfood” Collagen Smoothie
Why we love it: Enjoy the collagen-boosting benefits of bone broth, in a way better tasting drink! Tastes like dessert, but with zero added sugar. Lots of vitamins, minerals, calcium, and fiber – your body and skin will thank you! Only 150 calories per glass.
Key benefits: nutritional support, collagen, low calorie
Protein source: collagen protein powder
Paleo Pina Colada Smoothie
Why we love it: Loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals and sweetened While it’s not a low-calorie drink, it fits perfectly into the Paleo plan (no counting calories necessary!)
Key benefits: nutritional support, Paleo diet friendly, high protein
Protein sources: protein powder, coconut
Vegan Berry Beet Smoothie
Why we love it: A true superfood smoothie with noticeable detoxing effects! Beets contain antioxidants like betaine and pectin, which help remove and clear toxins from the liver and body.
Key benefits: detox/cleansing
Protein source: Add vegan protein powder for a plant-based boost
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Why we love it: You’ll find two different sources of protein in this PB banana smoothie, so it’s perfect for re-feuling after a hard workout. Plus it tastes decadent, so you feel like you’re getting a real treat!
Key benefits: high protein
Protein sources: Greek yogurt, peanut butter
Pumpkin “Green” Smoothie
Why we love it: Real pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with fiber, Vitamin A, and phytosterols (which may prevent cancer). Pumpkin also provides healthy carbohydrates (energy) without a sugar buzz.
Key benefits: nutritional support, energy
Protein source: Add your favorite protein powder or even chia seeds for a protein punch!
Beet & Greens Smoothie
Why we love it: Beets are loaded with nutrients, touted as miracle food with benefits ranging from increasing your sex drive to curing cancer. This smoothie is a vibrant color, frothy, and delicious – it’s great for your skin too!
Key benefits: nutritional support, high protein
Protein source: egg
Healthy Peaches & Cream Smoothie
Why we love it: This breakfast smoothie is full of healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, all of which combine to provide lasting energy and keep you feeling full. Plus it’s kid-approved!
Key benefits: high protein, energy
Protein source: Chia seeds
Tropical Detox Smoothie
Why we love it: This tropical smoothie is packed with nutrients! There’s tons of Vitamin C, plus omega-3’s, antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, potassium – to name a few. But the real “secret” is turmeric, which offers anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neural-boosting properties.
Key benefits: detox/cleansing, high protein
Protein source: Chia seeds
Our Favorite Smoothie Essentials:
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- High-powered blender — We went through a couple cheapie blenders before we finally splurged on a Vitamix. It’s an investment, but they last practically forever and work SO much better than anything else. You can save a LOT of money buying a certified refurbished Vitamix like we did.
- Protein powder — A quick scoop of protein powder adds a boost to any smoothie, and some of them even provide an extra creamy texture and flavor. Our favorites include Vega plant-based protein powder (my fav), Healthy Height for kids (the girls love it), and Dymatize Elite Whey Protein (my husband’s choice).
- Chia seeds — Another quick way to add protein and nutrition to your smoothie!
- Smoothie Preserving Travel Bottle — Keep your smoothie fresh while at the office or out and about.
Be sure to bookmark this list of our favorite smoothies for weight loss to try them all!
What are your favorite smoothie ingredients or smoothie making tools? Share your tips in the comments below!
*Disclaimer: This post is based on my own experience; I am not a medical professional. While we love these recipes and incorporate them into our own healthy lifestyle, we cannot guarantee weight loss results for anyone else.
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