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Fat Burning Smoothie

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 3.31.2020 | COMMENTS: 280


Boost your metabolism and make fat cry by adding this Fat Burning Smoothie into your daily routine. This metabolism boosting smoothie will help ramp up the effects of your workout and supercharge charge your results naturally.

Looking for more support? Check out our FREE 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge.

I passionately believe that what we put into our bodies matters. That means the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the supplements, vitamins, and medication we take, and the things we don’t eat, drink, or ingest.

All of those things either help or hurt us.

Jen Hansard of Simple Green Smoothies

I fell in love with a plant-based diet when I lost the weight and gained tons of energy without really even trying. I was just drinking smoothies and eating basic meals that were rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. (meat, eggs and dairy became more of a condiment that go with my plant-powered meal). 

Fat Burning Smoothie Recipe using Grapefruit and Pineapple

I wanted to share my fat burning smoothie recipe in here too— so you can see just how incredible a smoothie can be. But first…

Why smoothies help you lose weight

For most of us, there’s a balance between the good things and the not-so-good things. (I’m talking to you, French fries with my veggie burger.) My point is, it’s hard to always eat healthy. Which is why I host a quarterly cleanse using green smoothies every day. I give you a structured meal plan to focus on eating the foods that will help us feel the best.

Learn more about my 7-Day Plant-Based Cleanse.

There are special occasions when we want to indulge, it’s hard to eat healthy all the time when traveling. You know the drill. We do our best. And I don’t believe in punishing ourselves for enjoying a treat now and then.

Build Muscle to Burn Fat

What I’m a big proponent of is eating healthy as much as possible and participating in a regular exercise routine. That looks different for all of us with our varied interests, schedules, time constraints, and lifestyles. There’s nothing that will help boost your metabolism more than exercising and building up muscle.

More muscle means more fat-burning capabilities. So when we’re talking about boosting up your metabolism, exercise goes hand in hand with healthy eating. Certain foods have fat-burning and metabolism-boosting abilities and adding them into your diet can help magnify weight-loss efforts. I’m a huge fan of smoothies, especially when I can use natural ingredients to transform it into a weight loss smoothie.

Fat Burning Ingredients for a Smoothie

Foods for Burning Fat and Boosting the Metabolism

Our body needs proper fuel to keep up with the demands of daily activities. It’s important that the calories we consume, especially if we’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or just improve our performance, are quality calories.

A protein bar may be high in calories and full of nutrition, but it won’t fill you up in the same way a plate of salmon, brown rice, and steamed veggies will. But a high-quality (preferably homemade) protein bar can give you the energy you need to power through a workout or recover from one.

What does that mean? It means that they need to tick off several boxes: healthy fats, protein, complex carbs, vitamins and minerals, and/or a combination of all of the above. A fat burning smoothie, which I’ll show you how to make below will take you along way!

17 foods to help you lose weight

When I lose weight, I like to get tone too. So I excercise. And when we exercise (I’m including cardio, endurance running, weight lifting, and things like Cross Fit), we do burn calories, but if our muscles are in need of nutrition, they’ll go for the easiest source first… and that’s not necessarily going to be body fat.

Give your body energy (i.e. high quality calories) to power it through a workout. The workout will in turn help build more muscle, which burns more calories (i.e. fat) the rest of the time. See how nicely that works? It’s a beautiful thing!

These are some foods you can blend into a weight loss smoothie if you’re trying to boost your metabolism and burn fat:

  • Nuts – whole, preferably raw and unblanched (almonds, walnuts, pecans); good fats and protein; almonds contain L-arginine (an amino acid) that when used pre-workout can help the body burn more fat
  • Eggs – high in protein which helps boost metabolism; the body digests the protein and uses the fat and calories for fuel
  • Berries – low in sugar but still sweet, high in fiber, high in antioxidants; helps burn fat; can help to improve blood flow
  • Apple cider vinegar – the acetic acid in ACV helps with blood sugar levels
  • Grapefruit –high in phytochemicals that stimulate the production of the hormone adiponectin which helps the body break down fat
  • Green and white tea – caffeine in tea gives a natural boost of energy’ antioxidants in tea may help accelerate fat-burning by aiding the liver in converting fat to energy
  • Chili peppers – capsaicin, the compound found in pepper aids the body in converting food to energy and abdominal fat loss; also works as a natural appetite suppressant
  • Spinach + other leafy greens – chock full of vitamins and minerals and fiber
  • Whole grains – like oats and brown rice; high fiber; slow-burning to keep you fuller, for longer and fuel the body
  • Coconut oil and olive oil – healthy fats that help you feel satisfied when they are consumed; coconut oil is easily digested for quick energy
  • Avocado – healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins, particularly B6 which counteracts cortisol, a stress hormone that contributes to weight gain via belly fat stores
  • Flaxseed – high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Cinnamon – polyphenols (powerful antioxidants) boost the metabolism and help regulate blood sugar
  • Pears and apples – high in fiber plus contains pectin; helps keep you fuller for longer and naturally sweet
  • Grapes – high water and fiber content
  • Celery – very high fiber, uses more energy to digest than it provides (i.e. negative calories)
  • Dark chocolate – 70%+ cacao content is the important part; cacao contains high concentrations of polyphenols that push the body to burn fat

Weight Loss Smoothie Recipe

This weight loss smoothie is a little more hardcore than our most popular smoothie recipe, but we believe it will help you see results more quickly when combined with an awesome exercise goal. We hope you give it a shot and love the results as much as we do.

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Happy blending with this fat burning smoothie!

Avocado and other plant-based ingredients to use in a smoothie for boosting metabolism
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breakfast smoothies for weight loss

Fat Burning Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Make fat cry by adding this fat burning smoothie into your day. The natural ingredients are paired together to help boost your metabolism and burn fat in one delicious weight loss smoothie.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup brewed green tea, cooled
  • 1/2 large grapefruit, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 1/4 large avocado
  • Dash ground cayenne pepper, optional

Instructions

  1. Place spinach, mint, celery, and green tea into blender.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Blend again. Best if served chilled.

Notes

  • The pith and peel of the grapefruit are extremely bitter, but are beneficial in small amounts. To lessen the bitterness of the grapefruit, remove the fruit from the inner membranes as well as peeling before using.

Keywords: weight loss smoothie, grapefruit smoothie

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  1. Nui says:

    Is there any substitute for baby spinach as it isnt found in my area? Love this recipe though

    • Muskan Kaur says:

      Hi, is there a substitute for mint? I can’t seem to find any around me.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Hey Muskan, you can sub parsley for mint or leave it out if you can’t find/don’t like parsley.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Nui, you can use regular spinach, baby kale or kale. If you can’t find those, really any leafy green will work.

  2. Emily says:

    Does this smoothie have a noticeable celery taste? I am completely turned off from celery, cannot stand the taste but really want to try this! Is there a substitute you recommend?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You will taste the celery a little in this one. You could try using cucumber instead. 🙂

  3. Regina Taje says:

    I will like to lose weight

  4. Chelsea Jaye says:

    How would you best describe the taste of the smoothie? I love drinking smoothies for breakfast on the days that I have to be to work at 7am, but I have a hard time dealing with the taste of some of them

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      To me, it’s a pretty green tasting smoothie with a bit of citrus from the grapefruit. Everyone’s tastes are different, though. You could make this in the afternoon or evening one day to see what you think of it and then decide if it’s something you want to drink super early in the mornings.

  5. B says:

    Is there something I could substitute the green tea with? My body rejects anything caffeinated ?

  6. Cheryl Meredith says:

    Sounds Good looks Good going to start today . From looking at the smoothie well blended I’m sure to try it and continue to see results as the time go by .

  7. Wayne Archer says:

    Hello I am a 68 year old Male I have a signal blinder would I use the same amount to make my smoothie

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Wayne! Welcome. 🙂 Yes, this recipe is for one smoothie so you would make it as is. Make sure to blend the spinach, mint, celery, and green tea first and then add the remaining ingredients and blend again.

  8. Jim says:

    Is there a limitation to doing this. I mean if I do this everyday how long do you recommend using this. Some smoothie recipes say to do it for a certain amount of time and then give it a break then cycle

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Jim, there’s no limitation. You can have one of these every day if you like. Because our smoothie recipes contain whole fruits and veggies, there is no need to cycle on and off. However, you may get tired of the same smoothie every single day. I encourage you to check out the recipe section on our website, there are tons of delicious green smoothie recipes.

  9. Jelena Nelly says:

    I tried this smoothie the other day and I love it!! I make it with cold brewed Matcha Mojito tea (green tea with mint and matcha) and today I even added some kale to it! So refreshing and delicious! Thanks for this recipe! 🙂

  10. Earnest McDonald says:

    What is the best one or way I drives a mail truck an i b going out on my routs and I leaves early in the morning so on the way back I loose energy so what kind of energy shake that helped me lose weight an keep my energy

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Earnest! First of all, thank you for being an essential worker and continuing to bring folks their mail during the pandemic. We appreciate you! 🙂

      If you start drinking a green smoothie each day, regardless of which one you drink, I think you’ll find you have more energy and you may lose some weight, as well. It will also help your immune system stay strong, which is more important now than ever. That said, a few smoothie ingredients that will give you natural energy are bananas, berries, citrus fruits, spinach, kale, nuts, ginger, chia seeds, and green tea. If you go to our recipe page and type “energy” in the search bar, you can find some great smoothie recipes that will provide you with lots of good energy. So you can make a smoothie and take it with you on your mail routes. You can even make it the night before, just keep it in the fridge in an airtight container and give it a shake before you drink it the next day. Then I think you won’t feel like you’re out of energy on the way back from your routes. Happy blending! 🙂

  11. Keely Morgan Finucane says:

    I have tried this smoothie with a few different versions and wanted to get your feedback. Overall, I love it. Do you recommend replacing it with a meal such as lunch or breakfast?
    Will it do the same for your body if you sub out frozen spinach or frozen celery for fresh? Is it ok if I use canned pineapple as oppose to frozen?

    Thanks again for the recipe!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Keely! You can drink this smoothie as a meal replacement if you like. Many of us drink our smoothies for breakfast. I’d add some chia seeds to make it a complete meal.

      You can prep smoothie packs ahead of time and freeze the ingredients but, using frozen spinach can be a little tricky because pre-packaged, frozen spinach sometimes contains added salt and other things. Also, fresh or frozen pineapple is preferable to canned because canned fruit oftentimes has added sugars. Additionally, pineapple contains bromelain, a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent, and the canning process neutralizes bromelain. I hope these explanations help you understand why we use the ingredients that we do and happy blending! 🙂

  12. Linda says:

    Could I use tsp of pure matcha green tea powder instead of the 1/2 cup of green tea already made?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Linda! Yes, you can def do that. Use filtered water or coconut water for your liquid base and add your matcha green tea powder. That’s what I do when I make this smoothie and I love it. 🙂

  13. Hj Harding says:

    Brilliant.

  14. Sophie says:

    Thank you for video sharing your delicious loosing weight smoothie. I am sure it’s delicious I will try myself too.
    Stay safe thank you
    Sophie

  15. Donna Meir says:

    Hello! I “just” had my second baby (7 months ago) and I am really struggling with my weight. I am also breastfeeding, which makes me super hungry ALL THE TIME. This smoothie looks delicious! Would you recommend using it as a meal, or as a snack? How many would you recommend having in one day? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Donna! First, congrats! 😀

      It *is* a delicious smoothie and I would drink it as a snack. If you want to have it as a meal, add some chia seeds or other form of plant-based protein to make sure you are getting a complete meal. We just introduced our very own protein powder called Protein Smoothie Boost. You should check it out! (simplegreensmoothies.com/smoothie-boost)

      Most folks drink one smoothie a day (usually with or for breakfast) but if you wanted to have a second one for lunch/dinner/afternoon snack, you can def do that! 🙂

      • Donna Meir says:

        Thank you so much! I’m new to the smoothie game, so I’m very excited to try this out. Will be swapping cinnamon or the cayenne. Thanks again!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        You’re very welcome!

  16. E Sweeney says:

    Ok great smoothie recipe! However, I am a Consultant Nutritionist (UK NHS) and can confirm that caffeine is a stimulant and can lead to heart palpitations, renal complications and so on which is not good for the body especially if we are talking about being healthy. So could the plants not be perfect on their own and we boost the energy(sugar)/fat burning mode by exercising instead??

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      One serving of this smoothie contains 1/2 cup of green tea, and we love green tea for its wonderful antioxidant properties. The amount of caffeine in green tea is rather small compared to coffee or caffeinated soft drinks and because there is only 1/2 cup in this recipe, it’s quite minimal. (Also, tea comes from plants 😉 ) If you would like to leave the green tea out, you can substitute filtered water or coconut water. And we are always proponents of exercise, as an active lifestyle + a plant-based diet go hand-in-hand.

  17. Kayla says:

    Would adding protein powder to smoothies be more beneficial?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Kayla! It depends on what you’re looking to get out of your smoothie and whether you’re drinking it as a snack or a full meal. I might not add protein powder to this smoothie but that’s really a personal preference and you certainly could add some.

      *And* if you’re looking for an awesome protein powder and haven’t heard yet, we have a brand new protein powder that just went on sale last Tuesday! You def need to check it out: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/smoothie-boost

  18. Sarah (who's editing/amending my last comment) says:

    I also make a double batch each time, so it’s technically half an apple per serving, but yeah. Forgot to mention that.

  19. Sarah says:

    So, I’m new to the whole green smoothie (well, smoothies as meal supplements as a whole, honestly) and after coming across this and reading the reviews, thought I’d give it a try. Admittedly, I initially didn’t like it at all. The celery left an awful after taste and I went on a hunt for things to add because I was determined to start drinking these daily.

    After several weeks of trying plenty of different concoctions, I finally found that adding a honeycrisp apple, a few pieces of raw Cinnamon bark and some fennel seeds, it ended up tasting fantastic.

    Thanks so much for posting all this information. It’s been very informative and helpful. Over the course of the last year, I’ve lost roughly 60 lbs (I started at 224 lbs), but not exactly by healthy means. I barely ate and consumed tons of water while riding my bike roughly 5 miles a day almost every day. It’s what led to a ton of hair loss and I’m still dealing with a slight case of anemia. Recently, I began looking for more healthy ways to boost my almost non existent metabolism and stumbled across this.

    Here’s hoping it helps, and thanks again!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sarah! Welcome and thank you for sharing your story. I hope this helps you also, as eating a plant-based diet of nutritious and whole foods is a much better method. 😉 I think your additions to this smoothie sound delicious and I may have to give it a try that way. The fennel seeds are a unique addition! Also, we have so many more delicious green smoothies recipes (and snacks + meals as well!), you should def give some of our other recipes a try. 🙂

  20. Derrick says:

    Five stars for sure!

  21. Tracy says:

    Will it impact the benefits if I add Chia or hemp seeds?

  22. Navin says:

    It taste amazing. I added half an avocado instead of the recommended amount.

  23. Tish says:

    Can all ingredients be frozen prior to adding green tea?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, they definitely can! Many of us love to prep smoothie packs ahead of time and freeze them until we are ready to blend. And you got it, freeze all ingredients except the liquid base. 🙂

  24. Post Malone says:

    Does the celery matter if put in or not? I don’t like it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You can leave the celery out but doing so will change the effects of the smoothie a little bit. You can leave it out or sub cucumber.

  25. Bucky Zanre says:

    Does the grape fruit change the whole smoothie? (If not added)

    • Ty Pennington says:

      Does the celery matter if it’s not put in?
      As a celebrity I don’t really like celery.

      • Post Malone says:

        Same

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Hey Ty, you can leave the celery out but that will change the effects of the smoothie a little bit. If cucumber is a celebrity-approved vegetable, you could try using that instead. 😉

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Bucky. It will certainly change the flavor and, to an extent, the benefits of the smoothie. But if you can’t eat or don’t care for grapefruit, you can sub a large orange.

  26. Dennis Jones says:

    I would love to try this smoothie but i am allergic to avocado, can you suggest a substitute for it?

  27. Dianne Roy says:

    I am not a fan of tea, ( I don’t drink tea at all). Are you able to exclude tea?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Green tea provides steady energy and boosts the metabolism so if you leave it out, just know the results from drinking this smoothie will be a little different, but you can def sub filtered water or coconut water.

  28. Peter says:

    Thankyou.
    Will this also help my diabetes?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Peter, this question is best discussed with your health care provider and/or nutritionist. They can help you with your dietary needs best. 🙂

  29. Clementine Collins says:

    EXCELLENT INFO! Concise, short & to the Point! Will definitely try! Shopping for ingredients today! Thank You!! Blessings, Clementine.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Clementine! Give the smoothie a try and let us know how you like it. 🙂

  30. dion C robinson says:

    Do you have to use grapefruit

  31. Ulises Alvarez says:

    I’m a young man in my mid 20’s and I’ve been on this green smoothie now for about 4 week and let me tell you Im amazed ! I am a fat kid by heart, but I’m also a gym freak. I keep my same weight never going above or go down. Ever since I’ve been on this green monster of a smoothie I officially have control over my stomach! I’m no longer hungry at 8pm looking threw the fridge to see what I can attack lol
    I’ve also lost some of muffin top witch is a big thing for me . With the right amount of nutrition and a great workout routine this smoothie will definitely help you shred that unwanted weight . Thank you And I will defiantly keep this smoothie for years to come !

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Awww! Thanks for sharing your results Ulises. Finding a way to fuel your body is key and I love that you’re combining this with a workout routine that makes you feel great. Cheers to your health and lifetime of green smoothies!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s great, Ulises! I’m really happy to read about your awesome success story. Keep up the great work and def check out our other plant-based recipes. If you love our green smoothies, I just know you’re going to like some of our other delicious recipes. 😀

  32. bert bunting says:

    yes I need to lose a bit of weight from the belly so I need something that his quick and works I was thinking of carrots juicy

    • Jen Hansard says:

      From my experience, sustainable weight loss around the belly comes from diet and exercise. You gotta build up those stomach muscles to burn fat and eat in a way that encourages that as well. This fat-burning smoothie recipe does that and so much more– it’ll boost your immune system and give you energy. I hope you give it a chance. Especially over juicing carrots since that will leave you hungry and is just one food items— it’s not a well rounded balanced meal that your body could really benefit from in the long run.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Bert! I think you’d really like our Simple 7 Green Smoothie Challenge. It’s seven tasty smoothies for seven days (one a day) using just seven simple ingredients. This can work as a great jumping-off point for your journey to eat healthier and in turn, losing some of the belly fat. Please check it out! (p.s. it’s free 🙂 ) Copy + paste this into your browser: simplegreensmoothies.com/challenge

  33. Melissa says:

    Hi this says serves two and serving size is 16 oz, so does this mean this recipe makes 32 oz? Is the calorie amount then doubled if you drink the entire recipe?

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Hey Melissa— we recently adjusted the recipe card to make one serving (instead of 2) and forgot to change it on the nutrition panel. Thanks for the heads up. So yes— this recipe males 16 ounces and that is one serving.

      • Melissa says:

        Thank you!! I’ve been drinking and enjoying this smoothie for a week now. My toddler “helps” me make it and gets a little cup of it before I add the matcha powder, he loves it too!

  34. Eva says:

    I don’t have mint leaves is that fine?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, if you don’t have mint that’s def ok. If you have parsley, you could add some of that but if you don’t have access to either right now, it’s alright!

  35. Kirst says:

    Hi, can we have this as a breakfast or after a work out instead? I cant wait to try it thankyou

  36. Lily says:

    Is there an alternative to avocado? Thanks

  37. Amaris says:

    I have been searching for all sorts of recipes that help with weight loss, but none of them work. If i try this smoothie, will it help me loose weight?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Amaris, this is a fat burning smoothie so it will do what it says. As far as helping you lose weight, I really can’t say. This is something you may want to speak with your healthcare provider and/or a nutritionist about. 🙂

  38. Lagail says:

    I’ve added this to my home screen
    I’m feeling all of this information…lol
    Thx
    Keep it coming

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