Tips for incorporating smoothies into a weight loss diet include using healthy ingredients with substantial nutrients and drinking a smoothie as a meal replacement. A smoothie for breakfast can jump start the metabolism, provide nutrients and reduce hunger cravings throughout the day.
Healthy smoothie ingredients include avocados, fruits, cayenne pepper, Greek yogurt and leafy greens. Avocado contains vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, which make a person feel full. Berries are low in calories and add flavor. They have antioxidants and fiber, which also provides a full feeling. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which suppresses appetite.
Greek yogurt has high protein content. Full-fat yogurt should be used to avoid added sugar content. Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, dandelion and romaine lettuce, have high nutrient and fiber content while being low in calories.
Smoothie ingredients to avoid when possible include canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juice, protein powder, and sweeteners. These ingredients can be used in moderation, but they may impede weight loss. Canned fruits and vegetables contain preservatives and sweeteners that increase calories. Fresh and frozen fruit are more nutritious. Fruit juice typically has high sugar content and doesn't have the fiber content that whole fruit does.
Protein powder can be useful for adding muscle mass, but natural protein sources tend to be better choices, particularly when the goal is weight loss. Sweeteners, such as sugar, maple syrup and even sweet fruits, can spike blood sugar and prevent weight loss.