Thick, slushy and ever-so-delectable, smoothies are an ideal way to blend in your favourite and not-so-favourite fruits and vegetables together. Smoothies are also helpful in making sure your kids have something healthy without fuss. However, make sure you prepare them with fresh and vibrant fruits, and you'd see them chug a glass in no time. In this scorching heat, these chilled, yogurt-based drinks bring about a much-needed respite. Did you know homemade fresh smoothies could also prove to be a healthy addition to your weight loss diet? Provided you chose your ingredients wisely. The key ingredient of a smoothie is yogurt, which is a rich source of calcium and protein. Protein helps induce satiety and prevents you from overeating. It also helps regulate the cravings. You can throw fruits, nuts, and veggies of your choice to the mix and make the potion more antioxidant-rich.
Here are some weight-loss-friendly smoothie ideas you can try at home:
1. Apple Chia Seed Smoothie
Packed with the goodness of chopped apple and chia seeds, this smoothie is going to fill you up with all things good, healthy and yummy. Both apple and chia are great sources of fibre, which is crucial for weight loss. Serve chilled.
2. Flaxseed Smoothie
Flaxseeds are considered to be an excellent source of plant-based protein. Vegetarians often face a dearth of options when it comes to protein sources. This flaxseed smoothie also happens to be vegan. In addition to flaxseeds, the smoothie is packed with goodness of bananas and strawberry.
3. Melon and Kiwi Fruit Smoothie
This ultimate summer smoothie is packed with the goodness of melons and kiwi. The refreshing smoothie is an ideal way to beat the heat and keep away from mindless bingeing. Both melon and kiwi are an excellent source of dietary fibres that take time to digest and keep you full for a long time. If you are feeling full, you are less likely to binge so soon, and eating in moderation is crucial for weight loss.
4. Watermelon and Strawberry Smoothie
Another stellar summer preparation you must try. Both watermelon and strawberry are dubbed as 'negative calorie' fruits. This is because their calorie count is so low that digesting these foods take more calories/energy than they inherently contain.
5. Banana And Honey Smoothie
Slushy and thick, this classic smoothie recipe is always a hit with kids and adults alike. In addition to antioxidant-rich banana and honey, the smoothie also packs the goodness of pumpkin seeds, which also happens to be a good source of plant-based protein. Serve chilled and enjoy.
6. Peach, Raspberry And Nuts Smoothie
Vibrant, zingy and ever-so-delectable. This loaded smoothie is made with a nutritious medley of fresh raspberries, banana, and peach along with almonds. Have it early in the morning or as a post-workout snack, this smoothie is sure to be a delight anytime of the day.
Try these weight-loss-friendly smoothies at home and let us know which ones you liked the most in the comments below.
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