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Fat Burning Smoothie : 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 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.

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 | Simple Green Smoothies

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 Plant-Based Whole Foods 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.

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!

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

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. Jennifer

    January 19th, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Can the tea be made a head of time? So when I make it in the morning that is one less thing I have to do! Lol

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Jennifer,

    Absolutely! You could make your tea the night before and add it in the morning when you blend your smoothie

    Hope that helps!

  3. Bonnie Good

    January 19th, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Made this for my freestyle day and it was delicious. I didnt have mint but added a little cinnamon. Will use this again and again. Thank you for changing my outlook on eating healthy. These simple green smoothies make ut so easy and Im inspired to do more

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Hey Bonnie,

    Wow your comment made my day! This is why we do what we do.

    I am so happy that you are enjoying the smoothie challenge and that you are already looking to add more healthy choices to your lifestyle!!!

  5. Stacie

    January 27th, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Are the green smoothies meant to be a meal replacement or do you drink it as a snack?

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Hey Stacie,

    We normally recommend to add a smoothie to your regular daily diet. If you are wanting to make it into a meal that is totally fine too! Just make sure to add the right amount of fats and protein to make it a complete meal.

    You can check out our suggests for that here:


  7. joan

    January 27th, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Hi there,

    I just tried this fat burning smoothie yesterday and I can feel the effect already. I’m just wondering with the calorie content if I’m taking one cup a day? Is it a meal replacement then? I will surely appreciate if you will respond on my comment.
    Thank You and more power.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Hey Joan,

    We just updated the calorie information to this recipe so you can now see it at the bottom under the ingredients!

    The calories for for this recipe is 215 but that is for two servings.

    Hope that helps!

  9. Carly

    January 28th, 2019 at 8:41 am

    What can I use in place of grapefruit? Even hidden in all those greens, I cannot eat/drink grapefruit. 🙂

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Carly,

    Great question! You can substitute grapefruit for clementine, orange, or tangerine.

    If you ever wonder about what to substitute for anything else you can check out our Rawkstar Substitution Guide here:


  11. Daneara johnson

    January 31st, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Hello my name is daneara im am so very excited to try your smoothie I’m on my weight loss journey and I decided to go on a smoothie meal plan for breakfast and lunch and for dinner I just decided too do one clean lean hot meal ,,, here m very active I go to my gym 4 times a week thank u

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 6th, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Hey Daneara,

    Welcome! We are so glad that you found us and that we can help you in your weight loss journey. This recipe is a hit and I really think you will love it!! If you are interested in doing a reset for your body check out our Thrive Winter Reset here:



  13. Daneara johnson

    January 31st, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Hello my name is daneara im am so very excited to try your smoothie I’m on my weight loss journey and I decided to go on a smoothie meal plan for breakfast and lunch and for dinner I just decided too do one clean lean hot meal ,,, here m very active I go to my gym 4 times a week thank u I can’t wait too try it

  14. Nimisa

    February 1st, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I would like someone to update how much weight did one loss? and how long did it take? thank you

  15. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 6th, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Hey Nimisa,

    The amount of weight loss can vary from person to person depending on their body type and what other activities they are adding to their routine.

    Hope that helps!

  16. Sandy

    February 2nd, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I have stated ww points system n I want to do the fat loss and weight loss smoothies which are the best that burn more fat n loss more weight on n whatcsrd a few of the recipes.

  17. Carmen

    February 3rd, 2019 at 12:40 pm


    How often do we need to drink this smoothie? Only one serving per day and can I save the second serving the next day? Or you recommend both servings a day?


  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 6th, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Hey Carmen,

    You can totally drink this smoothie for breakfast and lunch. If that is too much for you, you can save it for the next day. Our smoothies will keep up to two days in an air tight container. All you need to do is give it a shake and you are good to go!

  19. Rene Blais

    February 6th, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Instead of the green tea, i’m using chaga, great smoothie! Thanx for the recipe!

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 6th, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Rene,

    Thank you for sharing! That sounds super delicious =P


  21. New@greensmothies

    February 13th, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Definitely I’m in love with this. Thanks. Feel amazing in/out

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 13th, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks Rawkstar!!

    We are so happy that you love this recipe and are already seeing the benefits of it!!


  23. Nate

    February 18th, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Great Smoothie.
    Do you have any suggestions on a substitute for the frozen pineapple pieces?

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 18th, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Hey Nate,

    Yes, you can substitute the frozen pineapple for frozen mangoes, oranges, or peaches. If you want to know another ingredient you can swap out, check out our Rawkstar Substitution Guide here:


  25. Ruth

    March 11th, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Hi can I drink this while breastfeed?

  26. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 13th, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Hey Ruth,

    Yes you can totally drink this while breastfeeding. I would just make sure your LO is fine when you consume any of these fruits and veggies. Don’t want them to be gassy! Also, make sure to pay attention to the green tea. I know some women do not like to consume caffeine while breastfeeding.

    Hope that helps!

  27. Yasmin (Meeni) Hardart

    March 13th, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    OMG!!! I’m so happy you have all the nutrition information listed – I feel like such a dork for wishing for it in a recent survey I filled out for Jen. Obviously, I had not checked for it in a while! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  28. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 27th, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    He heard your requests and have been working hard to add in all the nutritional value! Hopefully we will have it added to all of our recipes soon:-)

  29. MSbuttkicker

    March 14th, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Pleasantly surprised. Delicious! I had to do a couple of modifications because I didn’t have all of the ingredients. I replace spinach with kale and collard greens, a tangerine but of grapefruit oh, and I didn’t have any mint. But it came out great! Diet plan to eat a meal with it this morning because I felt the need to chew however, I was quite full with one serving and some water. Instead I’m making a big lunch with this afternoon and plan to have another smoothie this evening. Thank you so much for sharing this! And thank you everyone else for your input and suggestions because that truly made a difference in me trying out this drink. Oh and I’ve never had avocado in a smoothie before, but I love Avocado. It gave it a nice creamy consistency without interrupting the other flavors.

  30. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 27th, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing how you made this smoothie work for you!! We love hearing your enthusiasm about our recipes.
    Happy blending!!

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