Delicious Smoothies for Weight Loss

You’ve no doubt heard the saying that you shoudln’t drink your calories. But done right, smoothies can be your secret weight-loss weapon. Here, you’ll find eight perfect blends if you’re trying to slim down. Sip on these genius drinks for a snack or a small breakfast to get your fill of vitamins and nutrients that’ll keep your body in fat-burning shape.

Honeydew Mint
At only 92 calories, this antioxidant-packed smoothie is sweet enough to satisfy sugar cravings and filling enough to curb your hunger. Figs add satiating fiber and naturally sweeten the healthy blend. Plus, mint aids digestion, which fights bloating.

1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup water
1/2 peeled lemon
3/4 cup honeydew melon
2 dried figs
3 fresh mint leaves

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Coffee Banana
The caffeine in coffee can boost your metabolism, suppress hunger, and help you push yourself harder at the gym. On top of that, the probiotics in yogurt help your digestive system stay on track—i.e., prevent bloating.

1/2 cup ice
3/4 cup brewed coffee
1 large banana, frozen
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp cacao
1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Watermelon Cucumber
Eating fruits and veggies with high water volume can help you drop pounds by filling you up and keeping you hydrated. And since strawberries, cucumber, and watermelon contain lots of H2O, they’re the perfect smoothie combo if you’re trying to slim down. Adding in some kefir—a fermented yogurt drink with 15 to 20 times the probiotics found in yogurt—keeps your immune system in tip-top shape.

1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen
1/2 cup cucumber, sliced
1/2 cup strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup Kefir
4 fresh mint leaves

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Pumpkin Spice
This sweet fall-flavored drink contains fiber-packed pumpkin to help to keep you full and curb snacking. (Did you know you can find canned pumpkin any time of year?) The cinnamon in this drink has been linked to controlling blood sugar, which keeps you from craving refined carbs and sugar. And though the combination of cinnamon and vanilla extract make this smoothie taste like it’s full of calories and sugar, it’s completely skinny jeans-friendly.

1/2 cup ice
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of nutmeg

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Green Smoothie
This super hydrating, low-cal smoothie contains loads of nutrient-rich veggies and monounsaturated fatty acids from avocado, which have been shown to help burn belly fat. The hint of cayenne pepper gives this drink a little kick and makes you feel fuller longer while amping up your metabolism. In other words, this one should be your new weight loss go-to!

1/2 cup ice
3/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup chlorophyll water
1/2 avocado
1 cup spinach
1/4 cucumber
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Strawberry Beet
This pink smoothie contains the dairy substitute that’s been missing from your life: rice milk. The low-cal liquid has a mildly sweet flavor and is the perfect complement to strawberries and beets. Speaking of which, some of the compounds in beets have been linked to increased athletic performance—making this an ideal pre-workout drink.

1/2 cup ice
1 cup rice milk
1 medium sized beet, steamed
1 cup strawberries, hulled

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

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