Nowadays, everyone wants to get slim and fit the easy way. However, you should know that there is no such thing. In order to get fit, you must control the food you eat, change some of your lifestyle habits, as well as exercise regularly. Skipping any of those will make the effect of the others irrelevant. Controlling the food you eat is perhaps the most difficult to follow. After all, you’ll have to only eat healthy foods and forget about junk foods like chips, fries, ice cream, and pizza. However, there is a way to make eating healthy easier and that’s by making smoothies. You can mix a lot of healthy foods in a single smoothie and make it delicious. Smoothies, depending on its ingredients, have beneficial effects on your body including detoxifying, rejuvenating, and slimming. Here are four slimming smoothie recipes that can aid your diet.
Mango Smoothie Surprise
Mangoes are an incredibly delicious and healthy tropical fruit. It makes a great main ingredient for a smoothie as its sweetness can overpower other tastes.
- ¼ cup of mangoes (cubed)
- ½ cup of mango juice
- ¼ cup of ripe avocado (mashed)
- ¼ cup of fat-free vanilla yoghurt
- 1 tbsp. of lime juice
- 1 tbsp. of sugar
- 6 ice cubes
- (optional for extra protein) 2 scoops of protein powder
Simply blend all ingredients together until the texture becomes smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve with a slice of mango.
Nutrition per serving: 298 calories, 55 g carbohydrates, 47 g sugar, 9 g fat, 5 g protein, 1.5 g saturated fat, 54 mg sodium
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Although peanut butter may not sound healthy, it is actually rich in protein and can help you slim down as long as you choose the low-fat variety. The banana complements the taste and gives you a healthy dose of potassium. Overall, it’s just like a peanut butter and banana sandwich—perfect for an after-work-out drink.
- 6 ice cubes
- ½ cup of peanut butter (preferably low fat)
- ½ cup of milk (non-fat or low fat)
- ½ of one banana
- (optional) 1 tbsp. of protein powder
Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until the texture becomes smooth. Transfer into a glass and serve with the other half of the banana.
Almond Orange Smoothie
Apart from being loaded with vitamins and nutrients, coupling citrus fruits with almond can provide your body with a good boost of antioxidants. These ingredients can help lower your cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and improve your cardiovascular health while also helping you slim down.
- 1 cup of vanilla flavoured almond drink
- ½ cup of orange juice
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp. of honey
- 6 ice cubes
To make the smoothie, start by juicing the lemon and lime. You’ll need all the juice from one of each fruit. Freshly juiced fruit is your best option, so don’t juice them unless you plan on making the smoothie immediately. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend together until smooth.
Nutrition per serving: 148 calories, 29 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g protein, 2 g fibre, 191 mg sodium
Berry Oat Breakfast Smoothie
Oats can be very hard to eat at times no matter how healthy and great they are for slimming down. Some people just can’t stand eating oatmeal alone, so the best alternative is by mixing it with another ingredient. Making a smoothie out of oatmeal and berries is the perfect way to drown out the taste and texture of oatmeal without losing its nutrients while also getting the extra benefits from the berries.
- ½ cup of old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup of frozen berries
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/3 cup of vanilla or greek yoghurt
- 3 tablespoons of honey (or to taste)
- ¼ cup of ice
Use a combination of berries to get more benefits and to make it more delicious. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey if you want it sweeter or add more milk if it is too thick.