If you had the power to make your life better with the push of a button, would you use it? Of course! So bust out the blender and learn how to make a fat-blasting smoothie with these essential tips from David Zinczenko, author of Zero Belly Smoothies. Not only will you burn off the muffin top, you’ll also skip the extra dishes and spend less time cleaning up in the kitchen.
In fact, we found a study that proves that smoothies can be more effective for weight loss than working out! And we don’t know about you, but we’d rather eat our way lean than exercise our way there. To trim excess fat and finally achieve your dream body, follow these three simple smoothie rules below. And if you want healthy recipes, supermarket shopping guides, and essential nutrition tips at your fingertips, subscribe to the new Eat This, Not That! magazine now! For a limited time, you can save 50 percent off the cover price—click here!
Start With an Unsweetened Nut Milk
Build a better smoothie base with an organic, nut-based milk that’s free of added sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and GMOs. (Our guide, The Best and Worst Milks & Milk Alternatives can help you get started.) Pouring a nut-based milk instead of your regular jug of 2-percent will help you avoid lactose, the sugar found in dairy milk that can potentially cause uncomfortable bloating and gas. Plus, picks like almond milk and cashew milk are vegan-friendly as well as boast countless body-loving nutrients such as vitamin E, selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and phosphorous.
Add a Plant-Based Protein Powder
Once you’ve picked your milk of choice, don’t forget to add in a scoop or two of plant-based protein powder to round out your shake with more satiating power. Powders with blends of pea, hemp, rice, organic soy, and/or sprouts trump single-plant-based blends because they’ll ensure you’re getting more amino acids—the building blocks of protein that help your body build and maintain lean, fat-burning muscle. You can find our go-to, metabolism-boosting picks in our best-selling book, Zero Belly Smoothies, which also comes jam-packed with over 100 irresistible smoothie recipes for major weight-loss inspiration.
Blend Your Favorite Produce
Here comes the fun part. After you’ve chosen your nut-based milk and plant-based protein powder, simply add your favorite fruits and vegetables.
Choose a leafy green that’s packed with fiber and protein, such as spinach. Pair it with a potassium-rich banana for a perfect post-workout drink. If you’re looking to add more fiber to your diet, try blending an apple (which contains 4.4 grams of fiber per medium fruit with skin), a pear (5.5 grams of fiber per medium fruit with skin), or jazz up your drink with any of these 43 Best Foods for Fiber.
You can also add healthy fats, which help absorb many of the fruits and veggies’ fat-soluble vitamins. We like adding a fourth of an avocado, a teaspoon of coconut oil, or a handful of almonds.