The 25 Best-Ever Weight Loss Smoothies

If you had the power to make your life better in just 30 seconds, would you use it?

The 25 Best-Ever Weight Loss Smoothies

If you had the power to make your life better in just 30 seconds, would you use it?

 

Well, that power is yours. With the simple push of a button, you can turn your body into a hyper-efficient fat-burning machine by revving up your metabolism, toning and defining your muscles, and turning off the genes that contribute to fat storage and myriad chronic health issues.

All you need is a blender and the recipes in Zero Belly Smoothies, the #1 book on Amazon this past weekend!

Zero Belly Smoothies are plant-based protein drinks that have been shown to make a dramatic impact on people’s lives in as little as 72 hours. They will help flatten your belly, heal your digestive system, and strip away unwanted fat in just days. All you need to do is blend them up and drink them down.

I know these smoothies will work for you, and fast, because I’ve seen them work for so many others. Consider the case of Fred Sparks. A 39-year-old emergency-response adviser from Katy, Texas, Fred drank Zero Belly Smoothies as part of his weight-loss program. “I noticed results in the first week,” he says. “It really was amazing.” Fred lost 21 pounds and 5 inches off his waist over the next six weeks.

Ohio’s Martha Chesler, 52, who lost 21 pounds and 7 inches off her waist in less than 40 days, had the same experience. “I saw results immediately,” she says.

In fact, in our original Zero Belly Test Panel of more than 500 men and women, many lost up to 16 pounds in the first 14 days. Now you can achieve results like these even more quickly with this carefully created, highly effective collection of Zero Belly Smoothies.

Here’s just a selection of the amazing weight-loss drinks you’ll find in the book— Zero Belly Smoothies, available on Amazon by clicking here!

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FRUITY SMOOTHIES

Fruits are like people: They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, and each has its own temperament. Some are so sweet you can barely stand it, others so bitter you avoid them at all costs. But regardless of their individual qualities, all fruits have something to offer and deserve our utmost respect.

That said, my favorites are red fruits. While there are studies linking nearly every kind of fruit to some sort of health benefit, the most evidence tends to pile up around fruits that are red or reddish, like purple or orange fruits. For example, a study in the journal Metabolism found that eating half a red grapefruit before a meal may help reduce visceral fat and lower cholesterol levels. Another study found that tart cherries reduce belly fat; blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries have also been linked to lower abdominal fat accumulation.

So while a number of different fruits will show up in Zero Belly Smoothies, expect many of your smoothies from this chapter to have a cool red or purple hue. That’s a sign that you’re getting a massive hit of antioxidants and fat-fighting fiber.

All recipes make one serving.

APPLE PI

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

¼ frozen banana
½ Pink Lady apple with peel, seeded and quartered
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
3.14 dashes of ground cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional but recommended)

273 calories / 7.4 g fat / 27 g carbs / 5.5 g fiber / 15 g sugar / 26 g protein

“PEACH OUT” PEACH OAT COBBLER

Like a light, summery bowl of oats—this is comfort food in a glass. Unless it’s August and the peaches in your neck of the woods are perfect, opt for frozen peaches instead. The vanilla in the protein powder will combine with the peaches for a bright, warm, and hearty drink.

½ peach
½ frozen banana
2 tablespoons rolled oats
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

277 calories / 4 g fat / 33 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

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GINGER MAN

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.

½ cup frozen strawberries
¼ frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
Dash of ground pepper
1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

264 calories / 5 g fat / 26 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 11 g sugar / 29 g protein

STRAWBERRY PISTACHIO CREAM

Those Hulk-colored nuts have their own special fat-burning powers. In a recent study, two groups followed nearly identical diet and exercise regimens; however, one of the groups was fed unsalted pistachios, while the other group was not. Surprisingly enough, the pistachio group members lost more belly chub and showed better improvements in their blood glucose and cholesterol levels than the control group participants.

½ cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup pistachios
½ avocado, peeled, pitted and quartered
3 ice cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (necessary)

266 calories / 9 g fat / 18 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 8 g sugar / 30 g protein

BANANA SPLIT

Valentine’s Day in a glass. Don’t underestimate the healing powers of dark chocolate—it’s not there as a gimmick. When you combine fruit and dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), you accelerate the release of butyrate, a compound made in your large intestine that tells your fat-storage genes to chill out.

1 frozen banana
4 fresh cherries, pitted
2 dark chocolate squares
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
2 ice cubes
Topping: 1 more cherry

• Blend all of the above ingredients and top with cherry.

280 calories / 3 g fat / 35 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 17 g sugar / 28 g protein

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GREEN SMOOTHIES

When you think of green drinks, you probably think first about green juices. Juicing has been an insanely hot nutritional trend ever since Beyoncé claimed to use the Master Cleanse to get ready for Dreamgirls.

Popping into a juice bar for a cold cup of extruded kale juice may be all the rage, but when it comes to both nutritional impact and weight-loss power, juices can’t hold a candle to smoothies. First, most commercial juices use apple juice, which is a high-sugar, low-nutrient base. (Most of the nutritional impact of an apple is in its skin, not the white pulp where most of the juice is extracted from.) Second, juicing strips all the natural fiber out of produce, which is like stripping the political backstabbing out of House of Cards: The rough stuff is what makes it good. And third, juices lack fat and protein; without these crucial elements, you’re getting no fat-burning, metabolism-boosting benefits.

Next time you want to drink your veggies, blend up one of these seriously nutritious recipes from the book Zero Belly Smoothies.

All recipes make one serving.

LEMON KALE PROTEIN DETOX

Putting lemon in your blender is like taking out a nutrition insurance policy for your smoothie. That’s because a significant percentage of the antioxidant polyphenols in any food or drink break down before they reach your bloodstream. But researchers at Purdue University discovered that adding lemon juice to the equation helped preserve the polyphenols.

½ lemon, peeled and seeded
½ frozen banana
1 cup kale
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
3 ice cubes
Water to blend (optional)

254 calories / 7 g fat / 20 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 30 g protein

SPRIG OF PARSLEY

This is the world’s most overlooked superfood: Studies show that parsley is actually more dense with nutrients than kale, dandelion greens, or romaine lettuce. Combine it with superheroes like watercress and chia and you’ve got a mighty fat-fighting drink.

¼ cup fresh parsley (include the stems)
½ cup watercress
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ frozen banana
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

214 calories / 2 g fat / 22 g carbs / 4 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 28.5 g protein

Creamy. Chocolately. Fruity. Green. Weight-loss Has Never Been More Delicious Than with Zero Belly Smoothies!


ROMAINE AROUND

We think of romaine lettuce as the crispy stuff at the bottom of a Caesar salad, but it’s one of the 10 most nutritious vegetables around, and higher in fiber than almost any other form of lettuce. And because it’s mostly water, it makes this smoothie a real thirst-quencher.

1 cup romaine lettuce
½ cup spinach
½ apple with peel, seeded and quartered
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

280 calories / 5.8 g fat / 27 g carbs / 10 g fiber / 12 g sugar / 201 g protein

HEMP CAT

Combining hemp and chia seeds gives you a superdose of omega-3 fatty acids. And hemp seeds, by weight, provide more protein than even beef or fish.
¾ cup baby kale
½ frozen banana
1 teaspoon hemp seeds
½ tablespoon chia seeds
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

270 calories / 6 g fat / 26 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 29 g protein

TEA FOR ONE

I can’t recommend green tea enough as a smoothie enhancer. In fact, people who drink green tea regularly have nearly 20 percent less body fat than those who don’t, according to one 10-year Taiwanese study. And EGCG, the unique ingredient in green tea, can deactivate the genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity.

1 cup green tea
½ frozen banana
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
⅛ avocado
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

245 calories / 6 g fat / 23 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 11 g sugar / 26 g protein

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NUTTY AND CHOCOLATELY

Have you ever heard of the “health halo”? It’s a term nutrition experts use to describe foods that use a healthy-sounding word like natural on their labels, or add ingredients that people think of as good for you (“Now with chia!”), but which are really junk at heart.

These smoothies are the reverse of that theory. These drinks are tremendously nutritious—packed with as much, or more, fiber, protein, and healthy fats as any other drinks in the whole book. But they seem like they’re bad for you. How can drinks that seem like they came right from the ice cream shop flatten your belly so effectively?

These are the drinks you’ll whip up on a night when you want something to satisfy your ice cream jones. They’re the recipes you’ll lean on when your kids are complaining that they want something sweet for dessert. And they’re the drinks you’ll use to reward yourself after a hard day at work or in the gym. Deep, comforting, and delicious, these filling smoothies taste more like dessert than what they really are—powerful weight-loss weapons, compliments of the new book, Zero Belly Smoothies.

All recipes make one serving.

DARK CHOCOLATE BANANA NUT

Four words that combine to sound like a jam session at Ben & Jerry’s house. The density of the banana will have you convinced you’re drinking a milkshake, while the omega-3s in the walnuts will keep your mind sharp and your belly lean.

½ banana
1 teaspoon dark chocolate morsels (dairy free)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
⅛ cup chopped walnuts
6 ice cubes
⅓ cup chocolate plant-based protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

229 calories / 11 g fat / 26 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 28 g protein”

CHOCOLATE DECADENCE

Confession: This recipe is adapted from one of our favorites from Zero Belly Cookbook. We loved it so much we had to include it here as well. For 150-plus recipes that melt belly fat first—featuring foods you love—check out the cookbook today.

½ banana
¼ ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and quartered
¼ cup black beans
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup chocolate plant-based protein powder
6 ice cubes
Water to blend (optional)

300 calories / 9 g fat / 34 g carb / 11 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 25 g protein

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CHOCOLATE BEAN

Beans? In a smoothie? Use canned or precooked beans for a thick, earthy protein and fiber punch. One study found that people who ate ¾ cup of beans daily weighed 6.6 pounds less, on average, than those who didn’t, even though the bean eaters took in more calories.

½ frozen banana
¼ cup black beans
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
⅓ cup plant-based chocolate protein powder
Water to blend (optional)

280 calories / 3 g fat / 31 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 31 g protein”

PEACHY KEEN

As fruits go, bananas and peaches are polar opposites: bananas provide fiber and a rich consistency, while peaches add antioxidants for very few calories.

1 cup frozen peaches
½ banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup vanilla plant-based protein powder
½ cup ice cubes
Water to blend (optional)

287 calories / 3 g fat / 36 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 22 g sugar / 29 g protein

AB OF STEEL

One of my favorite almond butters is Justin’s. It’s made with dry-roasted almonds and a bit of sustainably-sourced palm fruit oil, which lends the spread its creamy texture. (They also make all-natural peanut butter cups that will make you question everything you thought you knew about the PB-chocolate combo.)

¾ frozen banana
2 teaspoons almond butter
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla plant-based protein powder

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SAVORY

A smoothie can be a lot of things: a pre- or post-workout boost, a cold and refreshing thirst quencher, a thick and creamy dessert, a perfectly balanced breakfast. But one thing most of us never think of when we think of smoothies: comfort food.

These recipes, from the book Zero Belly Smoothies, stake out a new territory in the smoothie landscape, a culinary point of departure into a taste realm you might not have considered. While these smoothies are still cold and refreshing, they’re going to taste more like a savory soup than a bright pick-me-up.

TABASCO CHERRY

This one has a kick to it, softened by the cherry aftertaste.
½ cup cherries
½ frozen banana
1 tsp Tabasco sauce
¼ lime
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop plant-based plain protein powder
3 ice cubes
Water to blend (optional)

232 calories / 2 g fat / 28 g carbs / 3.5 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 26 g protein

POTATO? SWEET!

Bananas and sweet potatoes both add starch, but that’s why the cinnamon is in there. Adding cinnamon to a starchy meal helps stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes, according to a series of studies printed in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

½ cooked sweet potato, cooled, with skin off
½ frozen banana
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder

280 calories / 5 g fat / 34 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

Creamy. Chocolately. Fruity. Green. Weight-loss Has Never Been More Delicious Than with Zero Belly Smoothies!


MR. BEAN

You won’t even taste the secret ingredient here.

¼ cup kidney beans
½ frozen banana
½ cup frozen strawberries
4 mint leaves
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ scoop plant-based plain protein powder

340 calories / 4.5 g fat / 53 g carbs / 11 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 24 g protein

FALL HARVEST

The nutty, roasted flavor of green tea steps in brilliantly here as a base for a delicious smoothie that will have you reminiscing about the Thanksgivings of your childhood.

½ cooked sweet potato, cooled, with skin off
½ banana
⅛ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
6 medium-sized basil leaves
¼ cup green tea
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder

283 calories / 5 g fat / 35 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

PUMPKIN SPICE

Unlike the pumpkin spice lattes you love, this drink has actual pumpkin in it. One-third cup of pumpkin provides protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and 16% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C — a nutrient researchers say is directly related to the body’s ability to burn through fat. In fact, one study by researchers from Arizona State University showed deficiencies of vitamin C were strongly correlated with increased body fat and waist measurements.

½ frozen banana
⅓ cup pumpkin puree
¼ tsp pumpkin spice
⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop plant-based plain protein powder

292 calories / 5 g fat / 33 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 29 g protein

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NUTRITIONIST FAVORITES

The wonderful thing about the Zero Belly Superfoods is, there’s so much variety, it’s just fun to mix and match them. For this selection, compliments of Zero Belly Smoothies, I asked the country’s top nutritionists to share with me their favorite plant-based smoothie, keeping the foods in mind, and the results are all delicious and nutritious. Pay attention to the protein counts—if it’s under 25 grams, you don’t want them as a meal replacement, but rather paired with a meal.

All recipes serve one unless otherwise indicated.

WAKE-UP CALL

by Kristin Reisinger, MS, RD, CSSD and founder and owner of IronPlate Studios

½ cup frozen mixed berries
Handful of spinach
8 oz unsweetened Silk almond milk
1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder (Reisinger uses VegaOne Vanilla Performance Protein)

Per 1 serving: 230 calories / 2.5 g fat / 20 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 7 g sugar / 26 g protein

“Combining a low-calorie, non-dairy smoothie first thing in the morning with a roughly even portion of high-quality protein and good carbs is a great start to anyone looking to lose weight and be healthy. Starting the day off with a smoothie such as this will pull your body out of it’s overnight fasting state, and the “carbohydrates from healthy, mixed berries combined with high-quality protein will give you the quick energy and protein uptake your body needs first thing in the morning without being ‘too much.’”

COCONUT CASHEW PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

by Cassie Bjork, RD, LD of Healthy Simple Life

½ banana
1 tablespoon of cashew butter
¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
2 scoops dairy-free PaleoMeal protein powder
1 scoop of Espresso Dynamic Greens
2-3 ice cubes

315 calories / 21 g fat / 26 g carbs / 4 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 14 g protein

“This is my go-to smoothie recipe for weight loss because it contains a balance of protein, fat and carbs which promote stable blood sugar levels and in turn, your pancreas can secrete your fat-burning hormone, glucagon! And it’s so good, you can drink one every morning and not get sick of it.

KALE RECHARGE SMOOTHIE

by Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, CDN, CFT

With such a low protein count, this smoothie wouldn’t qualify as a meal replacement, but it does pair well with an omelet, as the nutritionists suggest. Serves 3.

1 frozen, very ripe banana
¾ cup spinach, loosely packed
¾ cups curly kale, stems removed, loosely packed
½ cup carrots, chopped
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 Tbsp fresh parsley (or cilantro)
1 tsp lime juice
8 ounces water
4 ice cubes

Per serving: 58 calories / 0 g fat / 14 g carbs / 3 g fiber / 5 g sugar / 2 g protein

RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE

by Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

½ banana
1 handful spinach
½ cup raspberries
1 tablespoon almond or cashew nut butter
2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
10 oz unsweetened almond, hemp or coconut milk
1 scoop or serving plant-based protein powder (optional)

With scoop of protein: 391 calories / 15 g fat / 38 g carbs / 12 g fiber / 12 g sugar / 34 g protein
Without scoop of protein: 257 calories / 15 g fat / 32 g carbs / 11 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 8.6 g protein

“I really love this smoothie because it tastes super-decadent, but in reality is just loaded with a ton of natural, unprocessed and healthful ingredients. The cocoa powder is a good source of flavanoids that are both brain and heart-healthy, and also makes the smoothie taste like I’ve added a ton of chocolate. In addition to the healthy cocoa, this smoothie also has other healthy ingredients like raspberries that are a source of immune-boosting vitamin C, and the spinach that’s a source of energizing B vitamins. If I have this smoothie post-workout, I’ll also add a plant-based protein like sprouted rice or pea protein to help my muscles recover more quickly.”

CASSETTA’S PUMPKIN PIE

by Jennifer Cassetta, clinical nutritionist, personal trainer

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ banana
2 tablespoons of chopped pecans
¾ scoop Vega Vanilla protein powder
Handful of ice cubes

331 calories / 10 g fat / 42 g carbs / 11 g fiber / 17 g sugar / 24 g protein

“Pumpkin pie without the pie, all year round? Yes please! Pumpkin is a good clean burning carbohydrate and when you add the protein powder you’ll balance your blood sugar as well as add the perfect components for a post workout recovery meal.”

Lose Up to 16 Pounds in 14 Days, Compliments of the 150+ Delicious Drinks in Zero Belly Smoothies—available on Amazon!