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Fat Burning Smoothie To Boost Your Metabolism

Make fat cry by adding this Fat Burning Smoothie into your daily routine and to ramp up the effects of your workout and help boost your metabolism! This recipe is part of our FREE 3-Part Fuel you Metabolism Workshop.

I ardently 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 hinder us.

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

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…

Fat Burning Smoothie Recipe using Grapefruit and Pineapple | Simple Green Smoothies

The Balancing Act: Healthy Eating, Exercise, and a Little Indulgence Too!

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, where I give you a structured meal plan to focus on eating the foods that will help us feel the best.

Learn more about my Plant-Based 7-Day 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 Smoothie Recipe | Simple Green Smoothies

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.

A Good Sweat + Proper Fuel = results

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
  • Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines – protein to help build muscles, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids that help the body burn fat for fuel
  • 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
  • Watermelon and tomatoes– rich in beta-carotene (form of vitamin A) and lycopene (good for the heart and help discourage fat storage), hydrating, high in fiber
  • 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

 

Fat Burning Smoothie Recipe

This weight loss smoothie is a little more hardcore than our other recipes, but we believe it will help you see results more quickly when combined with an exercise program. We hope you give it a shot and love the results as much as we do. Happy blending!

Fat Burning Smoothie Recipe with avocado and other plant-based ingredients | Simple Green Smoothies
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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

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

  • 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)

Instructions

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


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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2

Keywords: fat burning smoothie, weight loss smoothie, grapefruit smoothie, summer smoothie

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  1. Mika

    June 20th, 2018 at 11:21 am

    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… https://bit.ly/2MGzPMr … feeling great so far. Thanks for your blog and keep up with the great work!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    July 9th, 2018 at 10:07 pm

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

  3. SHAUN E Syas

    August 1st, 2018 at 5:58 am

    shaun

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

  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 3rd, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Shaun,

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

  5. Roseanne

    July 15th, 2018 at 5:53 am

    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.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 3rd, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    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.

  7. Delphinium

    July 20th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    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 https://bit.ly/2NsNMx1

  8. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 3rd, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, Delphinium!

  9. C.S.

    July 31st, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    It would be helpful to list the total calories.

  10. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 3rd, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    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 LoseIt.com to find that information easily.

  11. Caitlin

    August 6th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Hi! How many calories are in this smoothie?

  12. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 6th, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    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.

  13. Kelley

    August 16th, 2018 at 10:48 am

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

  14. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 16th, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    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 🙂

  15. Starsha

    August 16th, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Is this a meal replacement?

  16. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 17th, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Hey Starsha,

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

  17. karen

    August 17th, 2018 at 1:24 am

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

  18. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 17th, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    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.

  19. Ryan

    September 20th, 2018 at 9:47 am

    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

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 12:24 pm

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

  21. Tiffany

    October 6th, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    What is the calorie count for this smoothie?

  22. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 8th, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    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.

  23. Gabriela Pasca

    October 9th, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I like your post so much,so i even linked out to you in my latest blog post : https://healthylifestyleaby.blogspot.com/2018/10/7-delicious-fat-burning-foods.html?m=0#more
    Feel free to check it out.

    Cheers,
    Gabriela

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

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 16th, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Hey Gabriel,

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

    Cheers!!

  25. Philipp

    October 10th, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Wow, this smoothie tastes amazing, I love it! Let’s see if it will burn some fat 🙂

  26. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 16th, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Hey Philipp,

    So glad that you enjoyed this recipe! I cannot wait for you to see feel the benefits of this smoothie.

    Cheers!!

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  28. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 22nd, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you for the great feedback!!

  29. Claudia Ibarra

    October 19th, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hello Sweetness! I just found this recepie and im so excited as im just starting my weightloss journey! Do you have a website or book i can follow? Can’t wait to try this one smoothie out! Blessed day!

  30. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 22nd, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Claudia,

    That is so amazing congratulations on starting this journey! You can find more recipes like this on our website https://simplegreensmoothies.com/

    Also, Jen just published her second book called Simple Green Meals. It is full of delicious recipes and also has a 30 day meal plan at the back of the book https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meals

    Hope you check it out!! 🙂

    Let us know if you need anything!

  31. Amber

    October 30th, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I sure hope it works better than the first one taste. I will be peeling and taking out the membrane next time from all instead of just half. All I taste is bitter grape fruit. I love it by its self but I never eat the membrane either. Come on results…. let’s burn some fat.

  32. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 1st, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Hey Amber,

    Make this recipe work for you! If you need to peel and take out the membrane then that is totally fine. We want you to enjoy this recipe!

    Yay, for fat burning time!!!

  33. Laila

    November 1st, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Im allergic to avocado, how can I substitute ?
    Looking so much forward to trying it !

  34. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 1st, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Laila,

    No problem!

    A great substitute for avocado is banana.

    Cheers!! 🙂

  35. Bec Smith

    November 6th, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Hi I’m intolerant to green tea how can I substitute?

  36. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 7th, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Hey Bec,

    A great substitute for green tea is black tea.

    Hope that helps!

  37. Sandy Lemieux

    November 6th, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Can not have grapefruit. Any substitute for that?

  38. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 7th, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Hey Sandy,

    There isn’t a substitute that has all the benefits of grapefruit but you can totally swap it out for any type of citrus fruit.

    Hope that helps!

  39. Kamil

    November 11th, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Hey, it’s absolutely delicious. I just have two questions. It was too thick when I followed your instructions so instead of one cup of green tea I added two. Is that okay? Also should I drink one every morning or two? One in the morning and one in the evening? Thanks a lot for this recipe.

  40. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Hey Kamil,

    That is perfectly fine that you added in some extra tea to thin it out! Sometimes depending on what blender you have the consistency can be a little different. Also, we always encourage everyone to drink two smoothies a day if you are wanting to. I would suggest to not drink too late in the day since there is caffeine in this smoothie. That way you still get a good nights sleep =-)

  41. Thea

    November 15th, 2018 at 11:04 am

    hi did anybody lost weight or burned fat with this smoothie?

  42. Kamil Artemiuk

    November 17th, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I have lost 0.7 kg in the last 5 days. That’s on top of healthy enough eating and working out 3 times a week.

  43. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Wow that is so great, Kamil!!

  44. ima

    November 15th, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    What is best to take this smoothie ? before bed time , can this be sub for dinner?

  45. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Hey Ima,

    You can drink this smoothie at any time. However, since it will give you a boost of energy we suggest taking it in the morning or around lunch time 🙂

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