Smoothies are a delicious way of staying healthy and getting trim. From chocolate to the classic green option, we’ve found five low-carb smoothies that taste great and help you to lose weight.
Chocolate peanut butter smoothie
Opting for a smoothie that’s geared towards weight loss doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy something sweet. Chocolate peanut butter smoothies are low in carbs, and full of protein and flavonoids.
To keep the calories of your chocolate-based smoothie as low as possible, you should get the darkest chocolate possible – preferably organic. Dark chocolate helps improve your blood flow while you lose weight, and wonderful brands like Lindt have a great variety for you to choose from.
As far as food groups go, green is good – maybe even god. People have known this for generations so it’s no surprise that a green smoothie is great for you. Why? Because it’s a low-carb way of helping you to lose weight.
You can pick from many different smoothie recipes (a quick search will show you hundreds), but most contain one or more of these staple green vegetables:
The green vegetables in forest shade smoothies are rich in protein and low in carbs. Protein is great for a weight loss program because it fills you up, meaning you will have a lower appetite than on a high carb diet.
Cinnamon almond butter breakfast smoothie
Having breakfast is key to a successful weight loss program, it stimulates your metabolism and makes it easier for your body to burn calories. A cinnamon almond butter breakfast smoothie lets you start your day with a drink that makes it easier for your body to lose weight.
Almonds are loaded with proteins that lower your appetite, and mono-unsaturated fats that reduce your BMI. Cinnamon boosts our metabolism and brings down your bad (LDL) cholesterol. To give yourself a breakfast smoothie that’s as smooth as it is healthy, use the Optimum 9200A Next Generation Smoothie Maker — it’ll cut through tough almonds in seconds.
Red velvet smoothie
When is a green smoothie not a green smoothie? When it’s a red smoothie. The red velvet smoothie might share its name with a sugary cake, but it has many of the benefits you get from a low-carb green smoothie.
Along with beets and cacao, a red velvet smoothie contains avocado, milk, vanilla, and sweetener. Red velvet smoothies are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, as it contains no meat-based products and you can select vegan-friendly milk.
Cacao is a superfood that lets you keep some of the (un)sweeter things in life – it’s unsweetened raw cacao powder. Cacao is rich in flavonoids, which means this low-carb smoothie combats the ageing process while you lose weight.
Few fruits have fewer carbs than strawberries. Strawberries are high in fibre, rich in protein, and loaded with weight loss aiding phenolic antioxidants. A strawberry smoothie is a delicious way to help you lose weight.
Use low fat (or almond) milk, half a punnet of strawberries, one teaspoon of honey, and half a cup of yoghurt to make your smoothie. If you want to really cut down on calories, you can replace the yoghurt with Greek yoghurt.
If you want to lose weight it can’t be a chore, or feel like you’re depriving yourself of too many of the things you like. Having a smoothie is a delicious way that lets you lose weight, while treating yourself to something sweet. Buy a blender, start your weight loss program today and let us know which smoothie you like best!