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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. Elgato says:

    This my second week of making this recipe. I make this smoothie for 2. I looked at the video again but it does not match the recipe. She uses 1 cup pineapple, 1 celery stalk, 1/4 of an avocado. The recipe for one drink shows for one has 2 cups pineapple, 2 celery stalks and half of an avocado. I like the drink but does it matter how you mix it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you for letting us know the recipe is incorrect. The recipe in the video is correct for one serving. The recipe on the website is serving for 2.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Love this smoothie, added some fresh ginger to it as well! Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Laurie Ann West says:

    I am about to turn 50 and for the 1st time in my life I have a weight problem. I’m also a disabled heart patient but I’m not dead and continue to work 2 days per week to keep going. I need your help with these smoothies. I love the idea of smoothies because they fill you up. Makes you feel like you just ate a meal! When really you just drank some healthy, good for you and will help you to lose weight 🙂 Please help me and give me advise. I don’t want to be heavy. It will eventually complicate my heart problems and I’m managed to not let it affect who I am for 10 years now! But the extra weigh that has come on in the past 6 months is making it much harder to stay positive. Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Laurie,

      I am so happy to hear that you are ready for a change. Have you tried this smoothie yet? If you have not I would encourage you to go for it! It really helps to kick start your weight loss journey and you can have it every day if you would like to. If you are wanting something more with meal plans as well, check out our Rawk the Year program we have! You can find more information on it right here:

  4. Kristen says:

    Can I prep and freeze into packs for quick morning mixing?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yes you can totally prep and store in the fridge or freezer! This could stay in the refrigerator up to 3 days. When you are ready to drink just give it a shake and you are good to go!

  5. Jen Hansard says:

    This smoothie really does get your energy levels revved up and curbs your appetite. I’ve always loved grapefruit so this is perfect for me.


    Excellent…. I highly recommend this smoothie. So delish!

  7. Kathryn says:

    I do rate this recipe 5 stars!! Excellent flavors. Wonderful for digestion. I am wondering how crucial the green tea is vs. leaving it out. I just don’t do caffeine. I understand there can be health benefits from green tea. Is it necessary to achieve results? Does not including it ruin the synergy of this drink? On another comment you stated adding kale or chia seeds was a good idea. Does adding other ingredients change the synergy of this drink?
    Thanks for all you do.

  8. christina marshall says:

    I found that it was bitter so added 2 bananas to it. it helped some. what can I add so that it is not so bitter

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Christina,

      Our favorite natural sweeteners are dates or adding in some honey. So feel free to add in some of that to help make it tastier for you 🙂

  9. Quincy says:

    Curious., Would tumeric be an added benefit? (Tumeric loves cayenne)

  10. Jacqueline says:

    I was wondering if the mint is more for flavor or could it be omitted without taking away any of the health benefits of the smoothie? I love the recipe but totally forgot mint at the store and was wondering if I should make an extra stop for it. Thank you so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jacqueline,

      Mint is actually a key ingredient in this recipe. It really helps with the detoxifying process. It grabs onto the heavy metals and draws out all those nasty toxins. So if you can add it I definitely would!

  11. Hailey says:

    Thanks for the recipe! It was delicious!
    Is there anything I could try in place of grapefruit though? I can’t have any because of a blood thinner I’m on. Wonder if orange would work?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Hailey,

      There really isn’t a substitute for grapefruit as far as benefits but for taste you can totally swap it with any citrus fruit. So an orange would be great!

  12. Betty says:

    I have meds for high blood pressure and was told not to eat grapefruit until 2 hours had passed from taking my meds to eat grapefruit.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Betty,

      Make sure to check with your doctor so that you are doing what is best for your body.

  13. Kit Kat says:

    Hi! Love this smoothie, i feel like Wonder-Woman after having this for breakfast! 🙂 I always have at weekends but dont have time during week to make it fresh each morning before work – is it suitable for freezing? Was thinking I could make a batch at the weekend and freeze portions to have during the working week.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay!!! We love that wonder woman feeling!! 🙂

      You can totally freeze your smoothie, just make sure to put it back in the fridge in enough time for it to thaw out. Also our smoothies can stay in the fridge for up to two days. Just add in some lemon juice to keep the color, give it a little shake and you are good to go!

  14. Mireille says:

    Even though this smoothie isn’t as sweet as most other SGS recipes, it’s thoroughly satisfying and very delicious. I love any smoothie that combines fruits with veggies. I made it with kale and added chia seeds. This could easily become part of my regular rotation.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hi Mireille,

      SO glad that you enjoyed this recipe so much! The kale and chia seeds sound like a great addition to this recipe 🙂

  15. MSbuttkicker says:

    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. And the MS in my user name stands for Multiple sclerosis.

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