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Fat Burning Smoothie

3.31.2020


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
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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.

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

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  1. Kathy says:

    This sounds amazing. I haven’t actually tried it yet. I have a thyroid condition for which I take thyroid supplements. I’m not supposed to have any grapefruit, so what do you recommend as a substitution?

  2. Reagan says:

    if i dont use the avocado in the smoothie will it still have same results or is there something i can use instead of the avocado?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Reagan, you can use banana instead of avocado but bananas contain more natural sugars and avocados have healthy fats so you will change the effects of the smoothie a bit.

  3. Kat Rios says:

    Any alternative to avocado?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Kat, you can use bananas as a sub for avocado. Just know that you’ll get many of the same benefits from doing that but not the exact same. Avocados are some of the best fruits for healthy fats and bananas have a lot of natural sugars.

  4. yadhira says:

    How many times are you supposed to drink this smoothie like is it 1 per day and do you drink as lunch and meal replacement?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Yadhira, there’s no prescribed amount of times you should drink this per day or per week. You could drink it once a day if you wanted to and I’d recommend drinking it for breakfast to get your metabolism fired up early in the day. It does have a healthy fat (avocado) but no plant-based protein so it may not sustain you as a meal replacement. Try it for breakfast and if you’re still hungry, you could grab a handful of almonds or cashews. 🙂

  5. Balrose says:

    Hi there!

    I have made this smoothie recently and it’s actually good. How long does it take to notice the difference in weight loss?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Balrose! So glad you like it! 🙂 Since everyone’s body is different, I can’t really say how long it will take for you to notice a difference. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t notice differences right away, these things take time!

  6. Jane says:

    Follow instructions and remove grapefruit from inner membrane and pith, much better.
    QUESTION: Does it have a “burning” feeling as it makes it’s way down to the stomach? Normal?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Jane, you shouldn’t experience a burning sensation when you drink this smoothie. Did you add ground cayenne pepper? I find that if I’m a little heavy handed when adding cayenne to my smoothie, it will burn just a little.

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