19 Jun 2015, by Lee Sandwith
I’m a major fan of a good smoothie, not just because they can be highly nutritious and super tasty, but because I consider them to have played a major role in my transformation from fat to flat.
During my mission to educate myself on nutrition and weight loss I came across a book called The Abs Diet which, whilst I don’t entirely agree with everything it advocates, first introduced me to the idea of using smoothies as an aid to weight loss.
In order to lose weight comfortably, being properly satiated is essential and, if done right, a good quality smoothie can serve to fill you up, keep your calories under control and deliver a nutritional knock out punch to keep your body firing.
Personally, for the majority of the time at least, I prefer to eat proper meals but if I’m running short of time and need an energy boost before or after a workout I’ll reach for the blender and conjure up an awesome smoothie.
To give you an excuse to dust off the old smoothie maker, here are 5 of my favourite ‘must try’ smoothie recipes.
Chocolate and smoothies are like a match made in heaven and this one from the guys over at Builtlean caught my eye a while back. At just over 300 kcal, this one not only tastes amazing but it provides a generous helping of protein courtesy of the whey. The blueberries and flax seed are awesome ingredients as they both boast impressive nutritional profiles. Check out the full recipe for the full nutritional details.
This is hands down my favourite smoothie and comes straight out of the ingfit healthy recipe archives. It’s pretty high in terms of calories but provides a very nice serving of protein making this an ideal post-workout meal replacement. If you make the right choice, peanut butter can be super healthy it healthy, especially a sugar free, organic peanut butter.
According to Greatist, this awesome little number is ideal for breakfast, packed with antioxidants and a treat for both your taste buds and your body. It sports a fine array of ingredients such as Oatmeal, Blueberries and Cinnamon so it’s a major hit in my opinion. Check out the full recipe for more info.
Here’s another favourite of mine from our very own healthy recipes archives. I’m a major fan of dates and they are simply amazing in smoothies. This one is very well balanced from a macronutrient perspective and is so good it tastes like dessert. Check out the full recipe for the full nutrition breakdown.
This is much healthier than it sounds, especially if you opt for skimmed milk instead of cream. If you use a non-dairy alternative, such as almond milk or rice milk, this one gets the vegan stamp of approval. The original recipe includes the option to sweeten with either stevia, sugar or agave; personally I think it’s sweet enough as it is but if you do need to add something try either stevia, agave or honey, definitely not sugar!
* * *
main image courtesy of Cooking Classy