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8 Delicious Weight-Loss Smoothies

  • The Countryman Press 2015

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Spinach and Avocado

    Half an avocado per serving makes this smoothie totally worthy as a meal replacement. To make it even more filling (and flavorful), Cassie Johnston—whose new cookbook Chia, Quinoa, Kale, Oh My! is out now—adds peanut butter.

    Makes 2 servings

    1 avocado, pitted

    1 cup fresh spinach

    1 large ripe banana

    1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

    1 cup milk

    Handful of ice cubes

    Blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed until very smooth.

  • The Countryman Press 2015

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Banana Cream Pie

    This smoothie, also from Johnston, might taste like dessert—but with a half a cup of Greek yogurt in each serving, it's a much better alternative to doughnuts and coffee cake.

    Makes 2 servings

    1 large ripe banana, frozen

    1 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 tablespoons honey

    1/3 cup unsweetened nut, soy, or cow's milk

    Handful of ice cubes

    Graham cracker crumbs, crushed, for garnish

    Combine banana, yogurt, vanilla, honey, milk, and ice in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top before serving.

  • The Countryman Press 2015

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Chocolate Chia Cherry

    Johnston put together this killer antioxidant duo of dark chocolate and cherries to make this smoothie feel extra decadent. But chia seeds turn it into a nutritional powerhouse—just a tablespoon packs 2 grams of protein and more than 5 grams of fiber to keep you full till lunch.

    Makes 2 servings

    1 cup unsweetened nut, soy, or cow's milk

    2 tablespoons chia seeds

    1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

    2 cups pitted, halved cherries

    1 medium-size ripe banana

    4 to 5 ice cubes

    Combine ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Blend on high speed until everything is smooth.

  • The Countryman Press 2015

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Mixed Berry Cobbler

    Go for coconut milk in this antioxidant-rich mixed berry recipe by Mimi Kirk, author of the new cookbook The Ultimate Cookbook of Modern Juicing, for plenty of healthy fats to keep you satiated.

    Makes 1 serving

    1/2 cup almond, hemp seed, or coconut milk

    1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

    1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

    1/2 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen

    2–3 Medjool dates

    Blend all ingredients in order listed until smooth.

  • The Countryman Press 2015

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Peach Milkshake

    Research hints that adding 2 tablespoons of coconut oil—made up of medium-chain fatty acids that may help speed up your metabolism—to your daily regimen will help you burn more calories. In this recipe, Kirk adds 1 teaspoon of the oil for a satiating effect.

    Makes 1 serving

    1 cup almond or hemp seed milk

    1 cup fresh or frozen peaches

    1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice

    1/2 frozen banana

    1 teaspoon coconut oil

    Blend all ingredients in order listed until smooth.

  • Toby Scott

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Banana and Coconut Water

    Avocado and hemp seeds both deliver protein in this recipe by Christine Bailey, author of this month's smoothie recipe book, Supercharged Juice & Smoothie Recipes. The smoothie also contains raw cacao nibs and wheatgrass, which both deliver magnesium, a chemical element essential for energy production that athletes tend to not get enough of.

    Makes 1 serving

    1/2 banana, chopped and frozen

    1/4 ripe avocado, pitted

    1 small handful spinach

    1 handful frozen berries

    1 1/2 teaspoons shelled hemp seeds

    1/4 teaspoon wheatgrass powder

    1/4 cucumber, chopped

    1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs

    Scant 1 cup coconut water or water, plus extra if needed

    Chop banana and place in a freezer bag. Seal and freeze overnight until solid. Put banana in blender with remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding a little more water if necessary.

  • Toby Scott

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Berry, Flaxseed, and Pomegranate

    Another recipe from Bailey's Supercharged, this one offers healthy fats, protein—and a big brain-boosting benefit. Bailey spikes the smoothie with the ancient Chinese herb gingko, which may help improve cognitive function and prevent memory loss.

    Makes 1 serving

    1 small handful blueberries, fresh or frozen

    3 strawberries, stalks discarded, chopped

    2 teaspoons shelled hemp seeds

    1 teaspoon acai berry powder

    1 tablespoon goji berries

    1/4 teaspoon gingko powder

    1/2 teaspoon flaxseed oil

    1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

    1/4 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped

    Scant 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, coconut water, or green tea

    Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

  • Francine Zaslow

    Weight-Loss Smoothies: Mellow Yellow Protein

    In her new book, Raw Energy in a Glass, Stephanie Tourles has a delicious protein-rich smoothie made of hemp seeds, almond butter, and mango, plus a splash of vanilla extract.

    Makes 2 servings

    1 1/2 cups purified water

    1 cup fresh or frozen mango, pitted, cut into chunks

    2 medium or 3 small frozen bananas, cut into 1-inch chunks

    1/4 cup raw hulled hemp seeds

    2 tablespoons raw almond butter

    1 tablespoon raw honey

    1 teaspoon natural vanilla

    Put water, mango, bananas, hemp seeds, almond butter, honey, vanilla, and salt in a blender and blend on high until very smooth and silky, 60 to 90 seconds.

    Excerpted from Raw Energy in a Glass by Stephanie Tourles, used with permission from Storey Publishing