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I’m Jen Hansard, mom of two and lover of green smoothies, coffee & tacos. 
I transformed my family's health with a plant-powered diet while broke and without health insurance. Since then, I've helped 1 million+ families do it too!

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Fat burning smoothie

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Fat Burning Smoothie


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

This recipe goes great with 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.

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.

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!

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.

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. Happy blending!

Avocado and other plant-based ingredients to use in a smoothie for boosting metabolism

Fat Burning Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Plant-based


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.



  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 cup brewed green tea (cooled)
  • 1 large grapefruit (peeled and seeded)
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks (frozen)
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)


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


  • 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.

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  1. Hi Jen,

    I like your post so much,so i even linked out to you in my latest blog post :
    Feel free to check it out.


    P.S. If you share my post,it wouldn`t just make my day,it would make my year.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Gabriel,

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Cannot wait to check it out!!


  2. Tiffany says:

    What is the calorie count for this smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Tiffany,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  3. karen says:

    what can i substitute for the avocado? i can’t do banana either….
    thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Karen,

      Oh bummer those are my two favorite ingredients for my smoothies. You can add some chia seeds to help your smoothie maintain that thickness and still keep you full longer.

    • Ryan says:

      I’m trying to eat healthier burn fat and build some additional muscle. Added protein is key for me to do that. As I am working out to help support all that Would this smoothie and added protein also be good for what I’m trying to do

      • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

        That is so awesome, Ryan! It is very important to make these smoothies work for you and what your body needs.

  4. Starsha says:

    Is this a meal replacement?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Starsha,

      Yes, you can use this as a meal replacement if you are wanting to apply it as a weight loss.

  5. Kelley says:

    I’m allergic to celery. Is there something I can substitute? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Kelley,

      I am sorry you are allergic to celery. No worries though because you can substitute it for bok choy or cucumber.

      Can’t wait for you to try it 🙂

  6. Caitlin says:

    Hi! How many calories are in this smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Caitlin,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  7. C.S. says:

    It would be helpful to list the total calories.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi C.S.

      Thank you so much for letting me know! We try not to focus on the numbers too much, and that’s why you often won’t find them on our recipes. We’ve found that when you focus on fueling your body with fresh fruits + leafy greens, it balances out.

      Of course, I know that information is very important to some people. Some great apps to use are MyFitnessPal and to find that information easily.

  8. Delphinium says:

    Love reading all your Posts. Tried almost all of your Recipies. I believe these are all Fat burning and Metabolism boosting.
    Here is the one People are trying and it provides great, great Weight loss benefits

  9. Roseanne says:

    Can you drink this smoothie for multiple days or should you limit to just 1 or 2? Also is the spinach amount packed or loose? Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Roseanne,

      You can totally drink this smoothie multiple days. If you’re like me, when I like something, I have it over and over again. The only thing to take into consideration is rotating your leafy greens. So if you love making this recipe, just make sure you’re changing up what leafy green you’re using. Instead of spinach, maybe try swapping in romaine or kale.

  10. Mika says:

    Awesome green juice recipe! I like how green tea was incorporated, always looking for ways to drink more. Even better that it is chilled, perfect for the hot winter while getting my daily dose of veggies and fruit. Been using this juice lately… … feeling great so far. Thanks for your blog and keep up with the great work!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      KALE YEAH! Thanks for blendin’ with us, Mika!

      • SHAUN E Syas says:


        Did she just say Kale yeah?? LOL… i’m dying now!!!

      • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

        Hi Shaun,

        Yep, yes I did! And you’re a totally rawesome rawkstar – incase you were wondering!! 😉

  11. tim says:

    I have high blood pressure and cholesterol and have been investigating starting a detox to start me on the right track. Its just there are so many things out there and i am a bit confused. I am tossing up between this juice smoothie detox and the red drink detox, not sure what to pick. Help please!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Tim,

      When it comes to detoxing, we like to focus on detoxing with real plant-based meals. We simply remove those potential irritants like gluten, sugar, dairy, and meat. This allows your body to perform at it’s peak capabilities, cleanse your body, and determine what your body loves.

      Learn more about our 7-day and 21-day cleanses here…

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    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

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  13. Melissa says:

    Hello how many calories are in ghis

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Melissa,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  14. Rosie says:

    How fast does it take to get you fat burned

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Rosie,

      We do not have a specific time range when you should see results because everyone is different with their results. A lot goes into it depending on your body specifically and also if you are also working out or adjusting your diet.

      Hope that helps!

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