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56 Smoothies for Weight Loss

By Linnea Zielinski, Dana Leigh Smith, Cassandra Talmadge and Olivia Tarantino

Deceptive dietary devils or a quick, easy way to get essential nutrition? Yes, and yes.

That's the problem with a shake or smoothie ordered from a restaurant or quick stop: you never quite know what's lurking under the lid or whether it's going to hurt your weight loss efforts. Popular chains can pack well over 100 grams of sugar into a drink you down in 20 minutes. No wonder you're reaching for a snack an hour later. Make one at home, however, and you can pack in vitamins, minerals and satiating fiber you would otherwise miss. Plus, it's probably the only way you're ever going to eat raw spinach with breakfast.

In this collection, you'll find something to satisfy every craving from a hearty breakfast to a classic pie-inspired dessert. Since we've taken care of scouting the nutritional winners, all you have to do is pick a recipe, start the blender and enjoy.

Berry Oat

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 280 calories, 4.9 g fat (2.3 g sat fat), 3.3 g fiber, 35.9 g sugar, 10.6 g protein

Sometimes you're just not in the mood for oatmeal, no matter how good it is for you. This recipe blends plenty of antioxidant-rich blueberries with oats to ensure you still get the benefits and stay full all the way through to lunchtime. Just make sure you're using one of our 9 Best Yogurts for Weight Loss in your at-home version.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.


Chocolate Peanut Butter
Banana Breakfast Shake

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 346 calories, 19.2 g fat (4.2 g sat fat), 7.8 g fiber, 19.9 g sugar, 11.1 g protein

Frozen bananas and peanut butter team up to give this drink a rich, milkshake-like consistency that will make you think it's sinful. When you use unsweetened almond milk, though, it's packed with protein without sky-high sugar counts found in other smoothies.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

The Green

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 278 calories, 3.2 g fat (0.8 g sat fat), 15.3 g fiber, 26.5 g sugar, 8.3 g protein

We used the blogger's favorite combo of vibrant, fresh parsley and mint in our calculation, and ditched the coconut water for plain old H2O. You'll save over 15 grams of sugar by making the same swap. Start the day with this sip and you're well on your way to getting all your vitamins and minerals—deliciously.

Get the recipe from The First Mess.


Serves: 1
Nutrition: 454 calories, 7.0 g fat (5.6 g sat fat), 15.1 g fiber, 70.4 g sugar, 3.5 g protein

Swapping in unsweetened coconut milk for the canned variety will save you over a day's worth of saturated fat without sacrificing the nutty, tropical flavor and creamy texture. The sugar in this drink comes entirely from raspberries and a banana, natural sources that are a healthy way to indulge. Top your drink with a tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (we calculated for it) and a drink umbrella for the full experience.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

Green Detox

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 122 calories, 0.3 g fat (0 g sat fat), 6.2 g fiber, 10.9 g sugar, 4.9 g protein

Packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, this choice isn't meant to be a meal, just a health booster. Mint, pear and ginger keep the kale from being too bitter and blending it rather than juicing ensures you get a filling dose of fiber with your nutrients.

Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.

Apple Pie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 273 calories, 7.4 g fat, 27 g carbs, 5.5 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 26 g protein

Pink Lady apples are among the most nutrient-rich varieties, according to a study at the University of Western Australia. This combo adds the apple with vanilla and cinnamon flavors to give you a uniquely autumnal fruit drink.

Get the recipe from The 25 Best-Ever Zero Belly Smoothies.


Blueberry Almond

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 585 calories, 37.8 g fat (4.1 g sat fat), 7.0 g fiber, 26.6 g sugar, 18.6 g protein

If you're looking for meal-replacement choice, look no further. This one's overflowing with protein from rich almond butter and antioxidants from frozen blueberries. With over 18 grams of protein and a hefty dose of fiber, cravings won't come crawling back an hour later.

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

Chai Pumpkin

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 267 calories, 3.3 g fat (0.6 g sat fat), 8.3 g fiber, 31 g sugar, 3.8 g protein

For those of who choose pumpkin over apple when it comes to your holiday pie selection, there's a healthy recipe for you, too. The warm spices from chai tea infuse pumpkin puree and bananas with the just-baked flavor you love without all the sugar and butter. The best part? You can have it way more than twice a year, guilt-free.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.

Raw Chocolate

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 437 calories, 19.5 g fat (4.4 g sat fat), 11 g fiber, 34.7 g sugar, 12.4 g protein

Raw cacao is different from that supermarket chocolate in two very important ways: it's packed with powerful antioxidants and boasts a surprisingly high amount of fiber. Paired with a portioned amount of honey, it's as sweet and indulgent as what you're used to, except it's actually good for you.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

Raw Banana
Bread Shakes

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 307 calories, 20.2 g fat (2 g sat fat), 6.9 g fiber, 12.6 g sugar, 9.3 g protein

You'll get all the warm, comforting flavor of the weekend breakfast staple without any of the flour or butter when you pick this recipe. Plus, walnuts boast healthy omega-3s, protein and fiber to keep you satiated.

Get the recipe from The First Mess.


Serves: 2
Nutrition: 261 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 399 mg sodium, 54.3 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 31.5 g sugars, 12.1 g protein (Calculated with NF Plain Greek Yogurt, skim milk, and organic cake mix)

Cake and diet are two words you never hear together. The cake, for starters, is full of endless amounts of sugar and empty calories. And if that weren't enough, it's smothered in moussey or creamy fat-laden frosting. But luckily for you, we’ve found the skinny on cake, so next time those sugar cravings hit, blend this up instead. When prepared using nonfat greek yogurt, skim milk and organic cake mix, it has just 261 calories, plus 12 grams of satiating protein and no fat in a one-cup serving. Just remember to consume this one in moderation and preferably not for breakfast—it’s still a dessert!

Get the recipe from Le Creme De La Crumb.


Serves: 1
Nutrition: 256 calories, 3.7 g fat (0.8 g saturated), 14 mg sodium, 56 g carbs, 8.6 g fiber, 31.8 g sugars, 4.4 g protein

Worried about all those holiday goodies? Banish bloat and fight abdominal fat with this detox drink. Banana, pineapple, lemon juice, fresh ginger, and cayenne pepper combine to create a lethal post-holiday fat loss weapon. The recipe calls for a frozen banana, but we suggest throwing it in the freezer before it’s ripened. Why? Prior to ripening, bananas are rich in resistant starch, which literally resists digestion, passing through the small intestine without being digested causing to prolonged feelings of fullness and more efficient fat oxidation. In fact, one study found that replacing just 5 percent of the day’s carbohydrates with a source of resistant starch can boost post-meal fat burn by up to 30 percent!

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.



Serves: 2
Nutrition: 160 calories, 5.4 g fat (2.2 g saturated), 182 mg sodium, 30.2 g carbs, 5.8 g fiber, 18 g sugars, 3.2 g protein (calculated with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and raw cocoa powder)

Eating sweets when you’re trying to lose weight may seem counterintuitive, but according to Maria-Paula Carrillo, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., "a little sweet treat on occasion can help keep those cravings in check and allow you to follow your weight-loss or weight-maintenance regimen." Plus, almond milk, banana, dates, raw cacao and coconut create a smoothie that’s better than any brownie you’ve bitten into. To truly take control over your cravings, indulge in them! This recipe has just 160 calories and 5.2 grams of fat, plus 6 satiating grams of fiber per serving.

Get the recipe from Begin With Nutrition.


Serves: 4
Nutrition: 227 calories, 3.9 g fat (<1 g saturated), 63 mg sodium, 41.4 g carbs, 5.6 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 8 g protein

This recipe is like a drinkable Larabar. It uses just 5 wholesome ingredients—cocoa powder, dates, oats, coffee and bee pollen—to create a nutrient-dense drink that themed around what this blogger calls "nature’s perfect food," bee pollen. This recipe is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber and flavonoids, which have been shown to reduce stress and relax blood vessels. It also contains less than 4 grams of fat and just 63 milligrams of sodium.

Get the recipe from Begin With Nutrition.


Serves: 1
Nutrition: 264 calories, 5 g fat, 26 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 29 g protein

Ginger packs high levels of health-boosting phytonutrients. But use fresh ginger: Chances are you bought that powdered ginger in your cabinet three years ago when you made a pumpkin pie, and it’s been losing potency ever since. To keep fresh ginger on hand, break it into small chunks and freeze it, then allow to defrost before grating.

Get the recipe and watch a video on how to mak it from our Zero Belly Smoothies team.


Serves: 1
Nutrition: 286 calories, 1.6 g fat (0.3 g saturated), 69.7 mg sodium, 68.4 g carbs, 6.2 g fiber, 38.3 g sugars, 6 g protein

We know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and we're willing to bet that a concoction that serves up nearly three days' worth of vitamin C ( 289%) and four days' worth of vitamin A (414%), will keep him far, far away. Aside from banana, kale, apple cider vinegar and ice, this recipe calls for cinnamon. Sprinkling in this brown stuff can shrink your waist, reduce cravings and provide more appetite control—all things we need following holiday eating! But don’t worry—to gain even a pound on Thanksgiving, you'd have to eat a total of 5,100 calories of turkey and stuffing.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.


Serves: 2
Nutrition: 223 calories, 1.7 g fat (0.9 g saturated), 42 mg sodium, 50.8 g carbs, 5.1 g fiber, 38.4 g sugars, 4.1 g protein

Sip your way to a six pack with this tasty flavor. Researchers at University of Michigan found that after a 90-day trial, rats fed a blueberry-enriched diet showed significantly reduced abdominal belly fat than the control group(http://www.eatthis.com/6-health-benefits-blueberries). In other words, blueberries, a key ingredient in this recipe, can help you metabolize stubborn belly fat. Plus, their fiber content prevents mindless munching by keeping you fuller longer!

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.


Serves: 4
Nutrition: 188 calories, 5.9 g fat (1.2 g saturated), 29 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 22.8 g sugars, 2 g protein (calculated with unsweetened coconut milk)

Inspired for kids, this recipe contains no added sugars and is brimming with nutrition. A plethora of fruit and unsweetened coconut milk combine to create a flavorful drink that looks just as good as it tastes. Plus it delivers 154% of recommended daily vitamin C, 6 grams of fiber and just 29 milligrams of sodium. Getting kids to eat healthy foods is no easy task, but with this recipe, you just might be able to get them to drink them! Try adding Greek yogurt to sneak in extra protein.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.



Serves: 2
Nutrition: 248 calories, 4.2 g fat (<1 g saturated), 92 mg sodium, 43.4 g carbs, 6.9 g fiber, 26.8 g sugars, 15.5 g protein (calculated with chia seeds)

Replenish depleted glycogen stores after spin class with this gluten-free and vegan recipe. No matter how hard you hit the gym, if your diet is void of proper nutrition, it undermines all that work(http://www.eatthis.com/fitness-experts-share-their-post-go-to-workout-snack). This recipe is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and protein. It contains just 4.2 grams of fat and under 250 calories, making it the perfect post-pump meal.

Get the recipe from Simple Green Moms.


Serves: 2
Nutrition: 187 calories, 6.8 g fat (<1 g saturated), 91 mg sodium, 30.1 g carbs, 4.3 g fiber, 15.2 g sugars, 3.7 g protein

You know what to eat after a vigorous workout, but do you know what to eat before? A study printed in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that consuming foods rich in the amino acid L-arginine, like almonds, can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts. This recipe calls for raw almond butter, comprised of almonds and salt, an essential nutrient for athletes who lose large amounts during perspiration. Plus it contains another exercise superfood—potassium-rich bananas!

Get the recipe from Simple Green Moms.


Serves: 1
Nutrition: 255 calories, 12.3 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 183 mg sodium, 39.1 g carbs, 7.8 g fiber, 15.9 g sugars, 6.7 g protein

If you love peanut butter and banana (who doesn’t), try this one. According to Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition, cashew butter has a slew of health benefits "such as helping your body relieve various conditions like constipation, insomnia, headaches and muscle cramps, as well as regulating the immune system and supporting brain function." Bonus: Cashews also contain biotin, which will help you achieve lustrous locks.

Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.


Serves: 1
Nutrition: 170 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 271 mg sodium, 26.3 g carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 19.7 g sugars, 7 g protein

Nonfat greek yogurt, honey, almond milk, vanilla extract and cranberry sauce? This is a new one—even for us. How many times, aside from Thanksgiving, do you crack open a jar of cranberry sauce? But with just 170 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 53% of daily calcium, we have more than one reason to.

Get the recipe from Recipe Runner.


Serves: 2
Nutrition: 144 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 73 mg sodium, 31.1 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 20 g sugars, 6 g protein

Blackberries are rich in vitamin K, manganese, and the antioxidant lutein. Plus with 7.6 grams of fiber per cup, they're one of the best fibrous weight loss weapons! And don’t forget to use an unripe banana to get the slimming benefits of resistant starch. This recipe contains honey so you won’t taste the bitterness.

Get the recipe from Recipe Runner.

Grasshopper Pie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 245 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 196 mg sodium, 48.9 g carbs, 8.3 g fiber, 36.6 g sugars, 13.5 g protein (calculated with skim milk)

Fresh spinach and mint leaves create the green hue of this pie-inspired shake. Besides color, these greens carry loads of healthy vitamins and thylakoids, compounds found in spinach that have been shown to reduce cravings and promote weight loss. A grasshopper pie isn’t complete without the chocolate, and the added cocoa powder has antidepressant powers due to the presence of polyphenols, according to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Get the recipe from Sift and Whisk.


Pear Power

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 332 calories, 14.1 g fat (3.2 g saturated), 25 mg sodium, 50.3 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 30.5 g sugars, 6 g protein

The fall harvest produces many well-known superfoods, like pumpkins and apples, but this recipe utilizes the commonly overlooked pear. This seasonal fruit earns its super-status because it's rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, and hunger-fighting pectin, a soluble fiber that helps slow digestion. The cinnamon adds an extra anti-inflammatory punch to warm up the crisp notes of the pear.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

PB&J Protein

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 446 calories, 14 g fat (2.1 g saturated), 236 mg sodium, 46.3 g carbs, 9.5 g fiber, 22.9 g sugars, 32.4 g protein (high fiber, very high protein, 50% DV vitamin C.)

If you’re a big fan of the classic childhood sandwich, you’ve got to give this recipe a try—it’s like sipping a little bit of salty-sweet heaven through a straw. Blending frozen berries with all-natural peanut butter, vanilla protein, rolled oats and soy milk helps create the protein-packed delicious taste—without tons of excess calories. If you’re not a fan of soy milk, feel free to sub in any type of unsweetened milk you prefer. It won’t alter the taste or nutrition profile much.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

Avocado and Lime Green Tea

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 365 calories, 20.8 g fat (4.2 g saturated), 31 mg sodium, 44.1 g carbs, 13.3 g fiber, 21.3 g sugars, 5 g protein (calculated with 2 tbs ginger)

If you’re not into green juice, why not try a green smoothie instead? This blogger packs healthy greens into this recipe, from broccoli, to parsley, to zucchini, to kale. Green foods are considered superfoods because they contain a high amount of antioxidants, plenty of vitamin C (136% DV!), and essential phytonutrients for detoxification. Pile on the added benefits from catechins, the antioxidant found in green tea that hinders the storage of belly fat, and you’ll leave breakfast feeling slim and refreshed.

Get the recipe from To Her Core.

Strawberry Beet

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 165 calories, 7.3 g fat (6 g saturated), 80 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 2 g protein

If the bright pink color doesn't wake you up, the increased blood flow to your muscles after gulping it down will! The nitrates found in beets thin out your blood so it can flow more easily to hard-working muscles, increasing endurance and lowering blood pressure. According to a study conducted at Kansas State University, researchers found that tossing back a 2.4 oz shot two hours before a sweat session can help you reap the muscle-building benefits. If you’re working your way to a flat belly in the gym, make sure to add this recipe to the list of pre-workout snacks.

Get the recipe from Vegu Kate.

Grapefruit Green

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 156 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 70 mg sodium, 37.7 g carbs, 6.1 g fiber, 24.5 g sugars, 2.5 g protein

We don’t know about you, but green drink can often become monotonous. Brighten up your green routine with this Grapefruit Green choice. Loaded with fiber, potassium, and manganese from the apple and banana - which adds a creamy, natural sweetness - this shakeis livened up by the addition of tart grapefruit. Even better, using its juice to thin it out helps to keep this drink light and refreshing.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 403 calories, 7.3 g fat (2.1 g saturated), 230 mg sodium, 67 g carbs, 7.6 g fiber, 50.8 g sugars, 18 g protein (calculated with non-fat milk)

Who needs carrots when you have this? This Pumpkin Pecan Pie flavor provides a whopping 583% of your daily vitamin A needs along with 18 grams of protein. Next time you’re craving an extra slice of pie, whip this up for a healthy alternative.

Get the recipe from Sift and Whisk.


Digestive Aid

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 133 calories, .9 g fat (0 g saturated), 120 mg sodium, 25.8 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 14.4 g sugars, 4.4 g protein

This one combines the bloat-busting properties of ginger, fennel and spirulina with hydrating fresh mint, cucumber, and coconut water for a light treat that aids your digestive system. Spirulina is a blue-green algae dietary supplement that's rich in protein. A study published in World Journal of Dairy and Food Sciences found spirulina effective in growing cultures of the helpful probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus while killing harmful gut bacteria. Paired with the flat-belly effects of ginger, this spirulina smoothie will help get rid of bloat and gas so you can feel slim and lean.

Get the recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen.

Clementine Sunshine

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 150 calories, .1 g fat (0 g saturated), 274 mg sodium, 33.6 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 30.3 g sugars, 6.8 g protein (calculated without additional add-ins)

This creamsicle-inspired shake is sunshine in a glass. Even with only four ingredients (clementines, ice, almond milk, and salt), this drink still offers around 240% of your daily value of vitamin C and has almost no fat.

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate.

Key Lime Pie Breakfast

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 166 calories, 2.1g fat (0 g saturated), 127 mg sodium, 31.7 g carbs, 3.3 g fiber, 20.8 g sugars, 8.4 g protein (calculated with NF Key Lime Greek Greek Yogurt and no extras)

This low-cal treat is the perfect addition to your morning routine. Adding a mango heightens this shake’s tropical flavor and sweetness to perfectly complement the tart lime. Instead of whipped cream, top this off with a little lime zest - the skin of limes is rich in D-limonene, a compound that has been shown to soothe heartburn and acid reflux.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron.

Matcha Mint Chip

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 288 calories, 18.8 g fat (2 g saturated), 152 mg sodium, 31.3 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 5.2 g protein

This green delight earns its bright color from mint leaves and matcha powder, a tea that bursts with anti-aging antioxidants and powerful metabolism-boosting compounds. Unlike the ice cream flavor — which uses sugar and milk — this shake is sweetened by ripe bananas and made creamy with avocado and almond milk. Top it off with cacao nibs as a sugar-free sub for the chocolate chips, and this drink will quiet your chocolate cravings and leave you energized.

Get the recipe from Vegu Kate.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cup

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 250 calories, 11.9 g fat (2 g saturated), 237 mg sodium, 35.8 g carbs, 7.1 g fiber, 15.7 g sugars, 8 g protein (calculated with organic peanut butter)

Anything with "healthy" and "peanut butter cup" in its name sounds like a trick, but this is actually a surprisingly slimming treat! With 46% of your daily calcium needs and 8 grams of protein, this can double as breakfast or dessert. Looking to boost the protein content for a post-workout snack? Using peanut flour instead of peanut butter and you’ll also cut the fat content in half.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

Kale Ginger Detox

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 308 calories, 4.3 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 241 mg sodium, 67.8 g carbs, 8.4 g fiber, 33.3 g sugars, 7.2 g protein (calculated with 2 tsp of raw honey)

If your holiday season has been filled with butter-loaded dishes and sweet treats (whose hasn’t?), lucky for you, this is the perfect way to reset your system after weeks of fat and sugar abuse. With nutrients like immune-boosting cinnamon, bloat-banishing ginger, heart-healthy chia seeds, fat-burning bananas, and fiber-rich blueberries, this is a perfect balance of warm and fresh flavors that will leave you feeling refreshed, clean, and satisfied.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.


Blueberry Coconut Lime

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 209 calories, 6.4 g fat (1.8 g saturated), 120 mg sodium, 31.9 g carbs, 5.2 g fiber, 19.4 g sugars, 11 g protein (calculated with unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

This recipe boosts your metabolism because it is loaded with protein (greek yogurt) to burn calories when paired with exercise, fiber (almonds) that elevates your metabolic rate because it makes your body work harder to digest, and blueberries that are loaded with the metabolism-boosting antioxidant anthocyanin, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron.

Matcha Shake

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 340 calories, 5.8 g fat (0.8 g saturated), 209 mg sodium, 67 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 39 g sugars, 11.1 g protein (calculated with chia seeds)

For an incredible start to your morning, this drink is smooth and creamy from the soy milk and banana, and brightened by the watermelon. Adding chia seeds adds a healthy dose of omega-3s. To get the most bang for your nutritional buck, sip this before a workout—matcha contains compounds called catechins that can help trigger the release of fat from your body’s cells and speed up the liver’s ability to turn stored fat into energy.

Get the recipe from Healthy Happy Life.

Carrot Pear Lavender

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 256 calories, 2.2 g fat (0 g saturated), 125 mg sodium, 62.9 g carbs, 11.2 g fiber, 42.2 g sugars, 1.7 g protein (calculated with cashew milk)

We’re loving the unlikely flavor combinations from this blogger. She mixes fruit (pear) and vegetables (carrots) in an appealing and refreshing way. This recipe will make your body and mind happy: the carrots act to keep you satisfied thanks to their high water content, antioxidants and vitamins, while the lavender will help to boost your mood and reduces fatigue.

Get the recipe from Passionately Raw.

Green Apple Pie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 371 calories, 9.8 g fat (1.2 g saturated), 45 mg sodium, 56.4 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 40 g sugars, 17.8 g protein

This silky smoothie tastes like apple pie in a glass. Rather than resorting to milks or sugary bananas, it’s is made creamy by silken tofu and packs in 18 grams of protein without the added protein powder.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.

Radish Detox

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 197 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.2 g saturated), 191 mg sodium, 32.6 g carbs, 9.2 g fiber, 18 g sugars, 6 g protein (calculated with unsweetened coconut milk)

We’ve traditionally leaned on superfoods like kale, spinach, and bananas in our health drinks. Instead, this recipe employs a more underrated healthy food: radishes. Although radishes are untraditional ingredients, this low-cal drink reaps the benefits of both the radishes and the leaves, which include being able to reduce levels of bad cholesterol and insulin and boost good LDL cholesterol, according to a Japanese study.

Get the recipe from Passionately Raw.

Kiwi Basil

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 365 calories, 1.8 g fat (0 g saturated), 23 mg sodium, 91 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 46.8 g sugars, 5.2 g protein

Take a step out of your comfort zone with this incredibly quirky combo. This creamy sip is mellowed by the basil and banana, but zesty from the grapefruit and kiwi. Certainly satisfying your sweet tooth with 46 grams of sugar, the natural sweetness won't bloating your belly. The tropical kiwi fruit is the reason this recipe has vitamin C, which helps the body oxidize fat during moderate-intensity exercise, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Get the recipe from Healthy Happy Life.


Raspberry Coconut

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 316 calories, 12.7 g fat (6.7 g saturated), 34 mg sodium, 48.8 g carbs, 17.2 g fiber, 20.5 g sugars, 6.3 g protein

Need to cool down after a hot day at the beach or killer workout? Lap up this refreshing, tropical-inspired drink. The best part? The raspberries used the give it its signature flavor are packed with polyphenols, powerful natural chemicals that aid rapid weight loss and even stop fat from forming!

Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life.

Vanilla Date

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 443 calories, 5 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat,, 240 mg sodium, 74 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 48 g sugar, 28 g protein (calculated without optional second banana and two dates)

No time to sit down to eat after your sweat session? Whip up this drink as a delicious, indulgent-tasting post-workout meal. After a workout, the body craves a combination of fast-acting carbohydrates and protein to jump-start the recovery process, and this provides just those very nutrients. Though the sugar count looks high, all of the sweet stuff is coming from the fruit, so as long as you don’t have a health condition like diabetes, there’s no need to sweat it!

And to boost the effects of your workout further, check out these 20 Weight-Loss Secrets from Insanity Trainer Shaun T!

Get the recipe from Simple Veganista.

Spiced Butternut Apple

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 188 calories, 1.6 g fat (0 g saturated), 36 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 6.5 g fiber, 25 g sugars, 4 g protein (calculated with 1/2 tsp raw honey)

Thanks to the squash, bananas and apple blended into this fall-inspired cup, this drink provides a major hit of nutrients, including vitamins A, B6, and C, which has been shown to fight off cortisol, a hormone that causes belly fat.

Get the recipe from Food Fitness Fresh Air.

Almond Butter Spinach

Yields: 1 large serving
Nutrition: 254 calories, 12 g fat (<1 g saturated), 229 mg sodium, 34.3 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 22.4 g sugars, 7.6 g protein. (calculated without optional flax or chia seeds)

Bicep-building spinach and almond butter (one of the most potent belly-fat bouncers of the food world) makes this sweet and creamy shake a nutritional powerhouse. And thanks to the addition of pineapple, you won’t taste the leafy greens in your cup in the slightest.

For more ways to shrink your gut, check out these 25 Weight Loss Tips From The World's Fittest Men.

Get the recipe from What's Gaby Cooking?.

Superfood Power

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 220 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated), 68 mg sodium, 47.2 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 25.4 g sugars, 4.4 g protein (calculated with optional flax seeds and unsweetened almond milk)

Filled with a plethora of superfoods, and bursting with a light, refreshing flavor, this dairy free, high-fiber smoothie is far from ordinary. Aside from its double-decker, Instagram-worthy appearance, this sip calls for two of our Best Fruits for Fat Loss: apples and strawberries—it doesn’t get much better than that!

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

Raspberry Cheesecake

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 320 calories, 11.5 g fat (6.4 g saturated), 172 mg sodium, 43.8 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 28 g sugars, 13 g protein (calculated with unsweetened soy milk)

A typical slice of raspberry cheesecake from a restaurant can have an upwards of 930 waist-widening calories, with the majority of those coming from sugar and fat—not what you want to be eating if you’re trying to work off those love handles. Next time a dessert craving strikes, make this instead. It may not taste exactly the same, but it’s close enough to satisfy your taste buds.

Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.


Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein

Yields: 1 large serving
Nutrition: 406 calories, 1.7 g fat (<1 g saturated), 121 mg sodium, 84.7 g carbs, 8.2 g fiber, 55 g sugars, 20 g protein (calculated with cocoa powder)

To axe the added sugar from this recipe, swap the suggested Chobani Black Cherry yogurt for a plain Greek variety and use cocoa powder in lieu of chocolate syrup. Then, to amp up the cherry flavor, add an extra handful of those heart-healthy, slimming cherries.

Get the recipe from Baking Addiction.

Chai Gingerbread

Yields: 1 large serving
Nutrition: 405 calories, 8.4 g fat (<1 g saturated), 147 mg sodium, 64.2 g carbs, 13 g fiber, 29.4 g sugars, 24.1 g protein

Kick off the holidays right, with this high-fiber, protein-rich sip, inspired by the season's signature flavor: gingerbread! Free of the excess fat and added sugars typically found in gingerbread treats, this chai-infused, vitamin C-packed concoction will do right by your body.

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Get the recipe from In It 4 The Long Run.

Cinnamon Roll

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 219 calories, 2.7 g fat (0 g saturated), 96 mg sodium, 41.9 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 21.3 g sugars, 8.2 g protein.

There’s no denying that a cinnamon roll makes for a mouthwatering breakfast, but it’s not a meal that will keep you satiated or fuel your flat belly efforts. When you whip this up you’ll get the sweet, slightly-burnt flavor you love, without derailing your diet. That’s what we call a win-win!

Looking for additional recipes to kick off your morning right? Take a look at these 45 Best-Ever Chia Seed Pudding Recipes for Weight Loss!
Get the recipe from Family Fresh Meals.

Cilantro Apple Post Workout Smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 237 calories, 12.9 g fat (<1 g saturated), 48 mg sodium, 27.7 g carbs, 6.2 g fiber, 19 g sugars, 8 g protein

Cilantro gives this post-workout sip an unexpected flavor twist that’s sure to keep you coming back for more.

Get the recipe from Purely Twins.

Maple Cinnamon Blueberry

Nutrition: 253 calories, 4.2 g fat (<1 g saturated), 111 mg sodium, 50.4 g carbs, 7.4 g fiber, 35.6 g sugars, 8.1 g protein

Inspired by the flavors of a backwood cabin and blueberry pancakes, food blogger Brianne created this sippable treat for your tastebuds. The recipe calls for for a dairy free yogurt alternative, which can easily be substituted with a dairy-based yogurt to amp up the calcium count. We’re fans of Chobani Simply 100 Blueberry Greek Yogurt, so much so infact, that we named it one of our 25 Best Yogurts for Weight Loss.

Get the recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips.

Eggnog Smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 175 calories, 1.6 g fat (0 g saturated), 91 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 15.9 g sugars, 4.4 g protein

If you want to accelerate your holiday weight gain in the spirit of Santa, a classic eggnog is sure to do the trick. With ingredients like sugar, eggs, whipping cream, and bourbon, Nog is the worst thing to happen to eggs since Humpty Dumpty. One cup can easily exceed 350 calories and 10 grams of saturated fat. Our suggestion? Celebrate the season with this Christmas-inspired treat instead. Not only will doing so cut your calorie intake in half and keep nearly 9 grams of artery-clogging fat out of your body, it will also provide a quarter of the day’s calcium and an alphabet of vitamins needed to keep you healthy through the chilly winter.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.


Hawaiian Piña Colada

Yields: 1 large serving
Nutrition: 215 calories, 0.5 g fat (<1 g saturated), 65 mg sodium, 65 g carbs, 5.8 g fiber, 33.2 g sugars, 6 g protein

Every afternoon should be celebrated with a colorful umbrella drink—whether or not you’re basking in the tropics. Take a mental vacation with this piña colada flavored creation, complete with a cheery cherry on top.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

Blackberry Cinnamon

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 220 calories, 3.3 g fat (0 g saturated), 111 mg sodium, 43.2 g carbs, 10.5 g fiber, 26.7 g sugars, 9 g protein (calculated with nonfat plain Geek yogurt)

Packed with belly-filling fiber and manganese, a mineral that’s essential for energy production, this recipe is sure to satisfy your desire for a decadent dessert while simultaneously keeping those pre-lunch munchies at bay.

Looking for more healthy breakfast options? Check out these 50 Best Overnight Oats Recipes!

Get the recipe from Well Plated.


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