While working on a smoothie weight loss plan, I came to realize that many of the smoothies on this blog are complicated. Well, complicated in the sense that they have a lot of ingredients and there’s a large variety of smoothie recipes.
Variety and tasty weight loss smoothies is what I want in this blog. It’s important to me that the recipes here are delicious and hopefully encourage you to try ingredients you haven’t before in smoothies.
When I first started drinking smoothies around 5 years ago they were fruit-only smoothies with protein powder. They were as basic as they could be and, frankly, the protein powder is what saved me from blood sugar spikes all that fruit could have given me.
I thought they were good tasting, but as became more comfortable/confident in making smoothies I started to experiment with ingredients.
My smoothie world opened up to endless possibilities.
All those ingredients can make a much more interestingly flavored smoothie and help to balance the nutrition.
Anyway, back to the smoothie weight loss plan. I was trying to create weekly smoothie plans (4 weeks worth) with shopping lists from the recipes on this blog. Week 1 ended up with 47 ingredients.
I’m thinking that would be a bit overwhelming to someone who is new to smoothies. And probably overwhelming to anyone, really. Aren’t smoothies supposed to be easy?
So… The smoothie weight loss plan is now being created using much simpler recipes. I also thought I should focus on adding simpler recipes on this blog, too.
Don’t worry. I’ll still create decadent tasting smoothies with a variety of ingredients. I’ll just add more simpler ones, too.
This strawberry raspberry green smoothie is simple, filling and delicious. Adding ginger gives it a kick, but it’s optional. The oats help to make it more filling and thicker but they are not necessary – especially if you’re using protein powder.
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C. One serving contains more vitamin C than an orange. They have a unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients providing cardiovascular support and improved blood sugar regulation.
Raspberries are high in vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. Raspberries also have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Spinach has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is also a great source of fiber and protein – both help to make you feel fuller faster and longer.
Spinach has many health benefits including anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, bone, and antioxidant benefits. It is packed with vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium and B vitamins. It is also high in calcium, potassium and fiber.
Oats are a healthy thickener to add to any smoothie. They blend well with any smoothie flavor because of their very mild nutty taste. Oats are loaded with fiber, which can help with weight loss (they help keep you full for longer), stabilize blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, prevent constipation, and boost energy.
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Strawberry Raspberry Green Smoothie
- 1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tsp ginger (optional)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (optional) or gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup spinach, packed
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 3/4 cup water if using fresh fruit. Add more if using frozen fruit until you get the desired consistency.
- 4 to 5 ice cubes if using fresh fruit
For extra fiber add 1 – 3 tbsp ground flaxseeds. Learn how to use flaxseeds in smoothies here.
For extra fiber, protein and calcium add 1 tbsp chia seeds. Learn how to use chia seeds in smoothies here.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Want to know what I use to create these delicious smoothies? Visit my Resources page to learn more.
If you’d like to try other thickeners in smoothie check out my guide 23 thickeners to use in smoothies.
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