Along those same lines, I am a big fan of breakfast smoothies. Breakfast smoothies alone will not help you to lose weight but they can be a great part of any diet. I prefer smoothies that you make at home yourself, but if you’re really pinched for time, then you could probably use a commercially manufactured smoothie – just make sure you check the ingredients and calories that it contains.
How Do Breakfast Smoothies Contribute Towards Weight Loss?
Breakfast smoothies are a great, easy and convenient way to kick off your day in a healthy way.
A lot of people don’t like to eat breakfast, and a smoothie is often more palateable to them than something crunchy like toast. Smoothies are very convenient if you’re in a rush in the morning – simply grab your travel mug full of that nutritious smoothie, and step out the door.
It can also be difficult to get enough nutrients through your meals. Starting off your day with minerals and vitamins is a great way to keep your body happy. Many cravings are caused by nutritional deficiencies. For instance, cravings for chocolate are often caused by a magnesium deficiency, while sugar cravings are sometimes caused protein deficiencies.
So – definitely try to get in all those pesky minerals first thing! Most of the time we eat unhealthy foods because we want to, not because we’re really hungry.
A smoothie contains healthy vitamins and minerals because of its high fruit and veggie content. Those fruits and vegetables will slowly release energy as well – this can prevent unstable blood sugar levels, which is usually the major contributor behind sugar cravings.
It can be hard to chomp down a vegetable and fruit first thing in the morning, especially when you’re pressed for time – grab a healthy breakfast smoothie instead.
Breakfast Smoothies For Weight Loss
A breakfast smoothie will contribute towards your weight loss so long as it’s healthy and keeping within your calorie goals for breakfast.
This means – don’t buy a sugary, commercially manufactured drink and then pretend you’re losing weight with your breakfast smoothie! If you must buy a commercially manufactured breakfast smoothie, but one that is low calorie and has low sugar and fat content – something like the Biggest Loser or Weight Watcher shakes would be ok. However, they don’t contain fruits and veggies like your homemade smoothies, so I personally think that it’s best to make your breakfast smoothie at home for optimal health benefits.
Of course, just because you made your smoothie at home doesn’t mean that it will help you lose weight if you pack it full of sugary and fatty ingredients! Try to avoid using too much sugar in your smoothie, and steer clear of icecream, full cream milk, and other fatty and unhealthy things like jams.
Also, don’t have a massive jug of smoothie just because you like the taste. Try to have no more than one cup or a 12 oz serving of the smoothie, this should ensure that you’re not having too many calories.
How to Lose Weight With Breakfast Smoothies: Diet Breakfast Smoothies
If you want to have breakfast smoothies as part of a healthy diet, that’s great and it will help you to lose weight. However, weight loss breakfast smoothies are not a miracle weight loss solution – nothing is.
The key to losing weight with breakfast smoothies is to not drink too large a serving and to keep the ingredients healthy. There are many sugar-free smoothie recipes; if you must add sugar, try not to add more than a tablespoon (and even that sounds like too much to me!) You can add natural sweetener like stevia if you’d like, but please don’t use other artificial sweeteners like Splenda and others that contain aspartame; those things are really really bad for your health.
How to Make a Healthy Breakfast Smoothie For Weight Loss aka the Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie Guide!
Making a breakfast smoothie that will contribute towards your weight loss goals is really very easy. All you need are: a blender or juicer, some fruits and vegetables, a chopping board and knife to cut up those fruits and veggies, and some kind of liquid base like water, juice or yoghurt.
I prefer to use water or yoghurt. Of course you can also use low-fat milk, almond milk or soy milk – basically any kind of healthy liquid.
These are the steps to making your healthy diet breakfast smoothie:
- Pour the liquid base into your blender. Usually one-third cup of liquid is enough for one serving. If this is your first time following a particular recipe, and it doesn’t state how much to use, you can always add a little less initially, and then add more later if you’d like.
- Add some leafy greens. Kale, spinach and lettuce are great options. Victorai Boutenko, the author of “Green for Life” says that drinking a dose of leafy green veggies in a smoothie is like having a healthy blood transfusion. The chlorophyll found in the vegetables is like human plasma. According to Boutenko, it’s been found that people who have a daily liquid serving of green leafy veggies lose a few pounds every month without changing their lifestyle in any way. Of course – if you are just starting to have smoothies, add a little bit of green to start out with and gradually increase the serving, since the green veggies can taste a bit strong.
- Prepare your fruit(s) and add them to the mix! Remember to peel them if they have a tough skin and get rid of large seeds.
- Add any additional ingredients – like flaxseed oil, wheat germ, oats or anything else that you’d like to add in order to add even more nutrients, or simply to add some flavour.
- Blend everything together. How long you blend the ingredients will depend on the kind of juicer or blender you have, and what kind of consistency you like your smoothie to be. Some people like their smoothie to be really smooth (I’d fall into that category!) while others like it to be a bit chunkier.
- Drink your smoothie! Try to drink your smoothie immediately after making it. Fruits and vegetables lose some enzymes after they’re cut, so try not to leave the smoothie lying around for too long. However, if you must, you can store your smoothie in the fridge – it won’t go bad for another two or three days.
- Remember to clean up! If you’re heading out the door this won’t be possible, but if you get a chance to, clean up your blender or juicer immediately. I’ve found that you can also soak your blender base and blades in water, so that it doesn’t get that dried cakey thing going which makes cleaning up so much more difficult (hope that made sense!)
The Best Breakfast Smoothie For Weight Loss – If You’re In A Rush
If your mornings are always crazy, it might sound a bit difficult for you to make a smoothie each morning. You might be tempted to just buy an instant smoothie mix – but don’t do that!
You can make the smoothie-making process easier by preparing things ahead of time. Lay out the blender at night, and chop up and prepare your fruits; I know it’s not ideal but it’s better than buying a ready-made smoothie.
Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipes
Here are some awesome healthy breakfast smoothie recipes:
Berry Breakfast Smoothie
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1 cup pomegranate (cranberry is an okay substitute)
- 2 cups ice
Banana Crunch Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 cup milk (remember to use skim or 1%)
- 2 Tbs. of honey or sugar-free honey substitute
- 1/2 cup granola
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 1 cup milk
- 1 banana
- 2 Tbs honey
- 3/4 cup granola
- 1/2 cup ice
Mixed Fruits Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 apple
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup tofu
- 3 tablespoons unsalted natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Juice
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
Enjoy your smoothie! And remember to leave a comment sharing your smoothie tips and recipes
“Green for Life”; Victoria Boutenko; 2005
About Alisha: Alisha is a Melbourne-based blogger who is happy to have lost a lot of weight recently! She is now trying to be more fit and lead a more healthy lifestyle. In this blog she shares tips for losing weight quickly and easily. You can read more about her on the "My Story" page.