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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. Debbie Scott

    October 14th, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Very tasty but a smoothie? A whole bag of spinach? Not much liquid. I almost had to cut mine with a knife and that was halving the amounts as I didn’t have a vat to blend mine in lol

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 14th, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Hey Debbie,

    It sounds like you are really packing in the spinach which is great if that is what you prefer but for me personally I wouldn’t be able to handle that =P We like to add in loosely packed spinach that way it is not too thick.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Jacquie

    November 12th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Made this recipe for the first time and I like it, I can sure taste the cayenne and I used it very sparingly. For protein is low so I would probably add a powder.

    I’m trying this for weight loss and only having it for breakfast as I’ve never done this before how long should I be drinking this?



  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 12th, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Hey Jacquie!

    If you want to add protein to this that is totally fine! How long you drink this smoothie for is totally up to you! Some drink this every day until they hit their ideal weight and some drink this before a workout.

    Hope that helps!

  5. Mary Kill

    December 13th, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    This sounds like a great smoothie, but I need more for breakfast.
    Could I make it in the morning and then bring it to work for lunch?
    Or does it have to be consumed immediately upon blending?
    Would I need to put it in the freezer?

    LMK –

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    January 15th, 2020 at 11:53 am

    You can def take it to work for lunch! Smoothies will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator, longer if stored in the freezer. Just remember to shake or stir your smoothie before enjoying it. Because it doesn’t contain any preservatives, the contents may separate a little.

  7. Dianna

    December 25th, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Can you substitute the grapefruit with something else? I can’t have the grapefruit.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    January 15th, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Yes, definitely! You can sub any other citrus fruit of your choice. I like to use clementines, oranges, or tangerines.

  9. Chelssa

    January 4th, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Its really helpful and useful to my health l cn guarantee
    Am definitely going to do it everytime l get a chance
    And very tasty l like it!

  10. Starr

    January 13th, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Great information and smoothie recipe. I’ve been struggling with weight loss for sometime now but having to juggle a job and active 10 year old makes taking the time to make healthy smoothies tricky. Because of my busy schedule I have been on this smoothie program http://bit.ly/2R9Jazn as a faster alternative that has given me pretty good results. However, you have inspired me to put in the work and try my hand at creating my own weight loss smoothies from scratch..

  11. Pam

    January 15th, 2020 at 9:34 am

    What can I substitute for grapefruit – people on certain medications can’t have grapefruit!

  12. Christine

    January 15th, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I would love to try this smoothie , I love grapefruit, however because of some medicine I’m on, they say I’m not supposed to eat grapefruit. Any ideas.?

  13. Galina

    January 22nd, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing these recipes. That smoothie was delicious. I usually drink it during the day. Wherever I go, I always take my water bottle. So I easily carry my drinks to work or the gym. Bubi Bottle becomes a great way to do so. This collapsible bottle can be stored easily in your bag after use. It’s stylish, made of environmentally-safe materials, and is BPA-free. https://bubibottle.com

  14. Kath

    January 24th, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Can you please tell me how much a ‘Cup’ is ? thanks

  15. Harriet Muriuki

    January 25th, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Hey Debbie
    can I substitute the smoothie for dinner or what is the best time to drink the smoothie.

  16. Charlene Hunter

    January 26th, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I will be making this not happy with my weight: 171 lbs! Mostly in my stomach thanks for the recipe

  17. Tasha

    February 2nd, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Concerned about the grape fruit

  18. Cindy Vendl

    February 6th, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Made this smoothie this morning. I prepped everything the night before and had the tea in the fridge as well. Blended it this morning in my Nutribullet blender. It was a delicious green smoothie. I would suggest using the cayenne pepper to add that extra metabolism boost. I could barely taste it. Very yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Roberta

    February 8th, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I made this smoothie. It is not half bad. I can taste the mint. I like for it to be a little thicker so I put it in the freezer for a few minutes. I purchased enough ingredients to drink this particular smoothie for a week. Once the fat burning kicks in is it okay to switch to the traditional green smoothie?

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