The advent of smoothies has been a boon for those who want to eat better but are rather picky. Just take that undesired ingredient, smother it in foods whose flavors you actually enjoy, and enjoy its health benefits without a problem. There are a few downsides to smoothies—blenders break down fiber, for example, so you’ll have to add fiber to other meals in your diet—but overall, smoothies are a pretty great way to diversify your diet a bit. If you’re looking to lose a bit of weight, sneaking some fat-burning ingredients into a smoothie has never been easier.
If you’re ready for your smoothies to help you reach your weight loss goals, look no further. Check out the list below, so you can start burning fat with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Avocado itself is made up of mono-unsaturated fat, so how can it possibly burn fat, you ask? Well, avocado’s fat is readily burned by the body, which leaves the metabolism looking for more fat to burn while it works. Avocado is smooth and easy to integrate into many dishes, and it is no different with a smoothie.
2. Green Tea
A catachin found in green tea helps increase the metabolism and thus increasing fat burning. Green tea is often found powdered, and thus can be simply added into a smoothie. Be brave and try to drink it on its own, too!
Almonds (and other nuts) are full of healthy fats, much like avocado, which cause the same reaction. Nuts are also full of protein and other goodies, so if you can’t eat them on their own, they lend some nice flavor to a smoothie.
4. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter in a smoothie can seem weird and more suited to milkshakes, but the smoothie works just the same, only a little thicker. The thicker consistency can help you feel full longer while the nut proteins are processed by the body.
Grapefruits contain compounds which can burn up stored fat. While eating only grapefruit for long periods of time will not be a miracle diet, there’s no harm in adding it and all its fleshy bits into a nice, tropical smoothie. It can only help.