Blending up greens may sound like a lot like slurping up grass. However, these recipes flawlessly blend veggies to the point of invisibility. And when it comes to weight loss, the more greens you can stomach, the better: According to studies at Baylor College of Medicine, dieters who consumed 8 ounces of plant-based juices a day over a twelve-week period lost roughly 4 pounds more than dieters following the exact same plan without the drinks. Summer bodies are made in the winter, so if you won’t take our advice, take the experts', and blend up these AH-mazing not-so-green smoothie recipes.
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA GREEN SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 185 calories, 12.5 g fat (2.4 g saturated), 220 mg sodium, 15.6 g carbs, 3.3 g fiber, 7.2 g sugar, 7 g protein
Any PB addict knows that the savory stuff makes everything better. We’d smear it on our lives if we could. And this recipe is no exception. For which jar to choose, check out The 36 Top Peanut Butters—Ranked.
Get the recipe from Southern In Law.
MANGO CARROT GINGER SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 118 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 108 mg sodium, 24.6 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 21.6 g sugar, 4.5 g protein
Even though you might not taste them here, carrots deserve way more credit than they get. Aside from their vision-protecting reputation, the (usually) orange vegetable boosts immunity, promotes vibrant skin, reduces cholesterol, boosts oral health, protects the heart, improves digestion, increases cardiovascular health, and detoxifies the body, thanks to a plethora of vitamins and minerals. All that in one glass? Talk about a kickstart to your day!
Get the recipe from Culinary Ginger.
PINK SUNBUTTER SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 203 calories, 4.2 g fat (0 g saturated), 93 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 6.5 g fiber, 29 g sugar, 7.4 g protein
Can’t eat nut butter? No problem. Sun butters pack in more gut-friendly fiber, muscle-soothing magnesium, and detoxing vitamin E than the nutty kind. Plus this recipe contains flax seed, which neutralizes acids in the body and aids digestion.
Get the recipe from Coffee and Quinoa.
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 193 calories, 11.4 g fat (9.2 g saturated), 73 mg sodium, 23.9 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 11.7 g sugar, 3.2 g protein
Although a slice of pie (or two) will do no favors for your six-pack, this drinkable version has all the makings for a toned belly. Fat-blasting coconut milk, satiating Greek yogurt, and blood-sugar stabilizing-pumpkin (preventing excess cals from turning into fat) — a slimmer you can be just sips away.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 152 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 22 mg sodium, 38,2 g carbs, 3.7 g fiber, 33 g sugar, 1.3 g protein
When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol, which over time can produce belly fat. Vitamin C however, counteracts body-goal-sabotaging cortisol. One serving of this recipe packs in 88 percent of your daily quota.
Get the recipe from Happy Healthy Mama.
BLUEBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 141 calories, 4.4 g fat (<1 g saturated), 16 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 3.7 g fiber, 13.3 g sugar, 3 g protein
What name and appearance don’t tell you is that there is cauliflower hidden in this slim smoothie. And that happens to be one of the most nutritionally transforming foods, thanks to its low calories and high nutrient content. Boasting amounts of vitamins C and B, as well as fiber, the cruciferous veg is a great detoxifier and body regulator.
Get the recipe from Harriet Emily.
SUPER GREEN BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 94 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 42 mg sodium, 23 carbs, 4 g fiber, 9.3 g sugar, 3 g protein
When it comes to smoothies, ingredient options are endless. We love that this one contains inflammation-fighting and vision-protecting grapes, tummy-calming ginger, and cinnamon, which helps stabilize blood-sugar levels, preventing any case of the impulsive eats.
Get the recipe from Kate’s Plates.
HIDDEN VEGETABLE CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 189 calories, 6 g fat (3.7 g saturated), 97 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 3.6 g fiber, 24 g sugar, 6.5 g protein (calculated without salt)
You can slurp your way to bliss with this chocolatey smoothie, naive to the fact that you’re taking in a serving of veggies or two. Not only is butternut squash packed with potassium and fiber, it’s also rich in carotenoids that fight heart disease, asthma and arthritis while promoting healthy vision and skin. What’s more? This recipe is sweetened with honey, which fights allergies, improves sleep, boosts energy, soothes cold sores, and even increases sex drive!
Get the recipe from My Suburban Kitchen.
SWEET POTATO PIE SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 156 calories, 2.5 g fat (1 g saturated), 104 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 11 g protein
Yep, you’re not seeing things — another pie smoothie is on this list. Sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, Greek yogurt and maple syrup…can you blame us? One hundred and fifty-six calories never tasted so darn good.
Get the recipe from Peanut Butter and Peppers.
GREEN SMOOTHIE WAFFLES
Nutrition (per 2 waffle serving): 378 calories, 3 g fat (< 1 g saturated), 98 mg sodium, 75 carbs, 4 g fiber, 31 g sugar, 11 g protein (calculated with unsweetened almond milk and 1 cup pure maple syrup)
There's nothing green about these waffles, aside from their color. Spinach blends flawlessly with flour, almond milk, nonfat Greek yogurt and egg, then is poured into a waffle maker and drizzled with pure maple syrup. Talk about effortlessly getting those micronutrients.
Get the recipe from The Recipe Girl.
RASPBERRY AVOCADO KALE SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 235 calories, 17.4 g fat (3 g saturated), 14 mg sodium, 23.1 g carbs, 8.1 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 6.3 g protein
Kale, avocado, chia seeds, and matcha? This one is the Lady Gaga Super Bowl performance of smoothies. In case you’ve never heard of the potent powder, matcha is a form of green tea that contains as much as 137 times more EGCG than your typical tea bag. EGCG is an antioxidant that has been shown to increase metabolic activity and aid weight loss. In fact, one study found men who drank green tea containing 136 mg of EGCG lost twice as much weight and four times as much belly fat over 3 months than a placebo group!
CRANBERRY MANGO LAYERED SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 185 calories, 2.2 g fat (0 g saturated), 68 mg sodium, 41.2 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 33 g sugar, 3 g protein
Although their claim to fame is their ability to prevent and calm UTIs, cranberries were consumed by Native Americans for their healthful nutrients and phytochemicals long before they hit the shelves in a bottle. In fact, the tiny crimson beads improve oral health, reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, increase immunity, and are cited by the American Institute For Cancer Research as a food that fends off cancer. Plus, research has shown cranberries can potentially slow the progression of tumors.
Get the recipe from Peas and Crayons.
BERRY POMEGRANATE SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 110 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 71 mg sodium, 21.5 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 14.8 g sugar, 2 g protein
Romaine, celery, and cucumber are hidden in this tall glass of water. If you’re looking to detox, these hydrating veggies will help to flush you out and clear your digestive tract.
Get the recipe from Fashionable Foods.
KIWI COCONUT SMOOTHIE SHOOTERS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 298 calories, 16.9 g fat (14.6 g saturated), 31 mg sodium, 34.3 g carbs, 5.3 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 6 g protein
Before you let the saturated fat count deter you, this smoothie contains coconut milk. And studies show the the body prefers to metabolize the fat found in coconuts over other fats. In other words, the macronutrient will be burned for energy as opposed to stored in cells around your midsection. What’s more? According to a study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, a single injection of capric acid (which abounds in coconut oil) resulted in “initially rapid, then a gradual decrease in food consumption and a parallel loss of body weight” in male rats. If weight loss is your goal, you might want to think twice about shying away from this one.
Get the recipe from Food Whine.
CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 145 calories, 7.2 g fat (1.3 g saturated), 112 mg sodium, 18.4 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 10.2 g sugar, 5 g protein
Who knew zucchini could be tossed into a chocolate smoothie? But thanks to peanut butter, bananas, cocoa poweder, vanilla and maple syrup, the super-slimming squash in this is sneaky as all get out.
Get the recipe from Home Made Nutrition.
BANANA RADISH SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 119 calories, <1 g fat (0 g saturated), 42 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 2 g protein
Paleo-ize your smoothie with just four simple ingredients. To mask the radish taste (which is typically mild), use an overripe banana. You can also add a natural sweetener like maple syrup, honey or agave nectar.
Get the recipe from Toadally Primal Smoothies.
BERRY AND CAULIFLOWER SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 216 calories, 13.1 g fat (2.7 g saturated), 15 mg sodium, 26.6 g carbs, 8.2 g fiber, 12.7 g sugar, 3 g protein
Cauliflower isn’t the only hidden weight-loss gem here: there's avocado and green tea too. A study in the journal Diabetes Care found that a diet rich in monounsaturated fat, the kind found in avocados, prevents belly fat by down-regulating the expression of certain fat genes. And Taiwanese researchers studied more than 1,100 people over an 10-year period and found that those who drank green tea had nearly 20 percent less body fat than those who drank none!
Get the recipe from Simple Roots Wellness.
CASHEW BUTTER GREEN SMOOTHIE
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 380 calories, 27 g fat (5 g saturated), 86 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 7.3 g sugar, 12 g protein
The list would hardly be complete without a cashew butter smoothie. Packed with minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium and phosphorus, and vitamin H, better know as biotin, the creamy stuff fights constipation, insomnia, headaches, muscle cramps, and dry, brittle hair. Whip up this satiating smoothie to reap the benefits.
Get the recipe from The Almond Eater .