Can Smoothies Help You Lose Weight?

Smoothies have a deliciously smooth and intense flavor and pack a punch in the fruit department, ensuring you get the vitamins and minerals you need in a healthy and convenient drink. But did you know that smoothies can also be used to aid weight loss?

Smoothies by nature have a high fruit content and tend to be naturally sweet. They rarely need sugar adding to them and can easily replace a meal when time is tight or if you are on a calorie controlled diet. They are naturally filling and very healthy. One large glass of smoothie is one portion.

An excellent breakfast smoothie which will set you up for the day and easily get you through until lunchtime: simply place a small banana with 1tsp of peanut butter, one small pot of low fat yogurt, a handful of berries and a tablespoon of oat bran in a blender and add half a cup of skimmed milk. Whizz it all up and voila! A highly nutritious and delicious way to start the day and replace any meal.

The banana provides energy, while the milk and yogurt provide calcium and protein. The addition of peanut butter gives a lovely nutty taste and ensures your smoothie is bursting with protein, while the berries provide antioxidants. Finally, the oat bran helps to lower cholesterol by binding to bad fat in your body and flushing it out of your system.

Smoothies for weight loss can include almost any combination of fruit, but always remember one rule. If you are using acidic fruit such as oranges, it is better to have it as a juice instead, since the combination of acidity and yogurt and milk can cause the mixture to curdle.

Another excellent combination is to combine a ripe mango with a ripe papaya and add in the milk, yogurt, peanut butter and oat bran as in the above recipe. It works a treat and tastes fantastic. Some people like to replace the peanut butter with silken tofu – another protein packed ingredient which helps prevent hunger pangs and aids weight loss by helping build lean muscle.

Whichever combination of fruits you choose, be sure to experiment with new fruits and new flavors. Once you start drinking smoothies, you will never go back to having boring snacks and juices again. A smoothie is the ideal break food, and add in a handful of crushed toasted nuts makes for a tasty and healthy treat. You can always add in extra fruit for more brownie points, and this will further help your healthy eating as well as your weight loss.

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