A nutrient dense detox and belly fat burning smoothie with detoxifying healthy ingredients that are full of fibre is a great way to keep menopause hunger at bay. If you are replacing a meal with a smoothie even better.
It is so easy to really pack the nutrients and fibre into a smoothie.
Let me be clear though, smoothies are not some magic pill for weight loss. Not even ones that promise you will shed weight and detox FAST!
While researching this blog post I came across some gorgeous smoothie recipes but on further investigation found them to be chock-a-block full of sugar. And remember sugar comes in many forms. More on that later.
If you think your kale and fruit smoothie with natural honey and half a tub of fruit flavoured yoghurt is anything other than a dessert dressed up its finest healthy disguise you’re seriously mistaken.
You may as well go to the nearest bakery and buy the biggest piece of sticky cake that you can find and scoff that with chocolate sauce on the side.
So here are my tips for how to make your belly fat burning smoothie as healthy as possible.
Keep the high sugar items to a minimum.
Bananas have more than 15 grams of sugar per banana and although they add a nice sweetness to your smoothie they are not adding much to its health factor. If you can't do without the banana then try to cut down to 1/2 which I find is plenty sweet enough. Consider adding frozen berries to thicken and sweeten your smoothie. Fruits such as mango, pineapple and grapes should be used in moderation.
The same goes for so-called natural sugars such as honey and maple syrup. If you must add these, keep them to a minimum.
Ice cream or frozen yoghurt are not considered smoothie ingredients so are definitely in the no go zone.
Consider your greens. Avocado gives a nice creamy texture while greens such as kale and spinach add antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.
Of course as I advocate in this blog, if you want to lose weight in midlife, perimenopause, menopause or whatever stage of life you are at, there are many other things to consider also. Among them are sleep, stress, hormone balance and exercise.
Choose an "unsweetened" non-dairy milk alternative for your smoothie. This will amp up flavour and nutrients. Unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk or coconut water are great alternatives to the usual milk and yoghurt.
Any protein powder you add should be unsweetened or perhaps, sweetened with an alternative such as Xylitol or stevia.
Other ingredients to consider are chia and linseed or phsyllium husk. These will thicken your smoothie nicely as well as as incredible health benefits such as Omega 3's. Also cacao nibs, matcha, maca, raw nuts, cacao powder, super greens powder and coconut yoghurt (unsweetened).
So here we go with my choice of smoothies that will fit into your detox and belly fat burning plans.
First up is one of my favourite food bloggers. Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food somehow makes low carb super delicious in taste and looks.
- Avocado which is full of healthy, beneficial fats that will keep you feeling full and sustain you until your next meal. With nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients they certainly pack a punch.
- Matcha. A far more potent source of nutrients than its poor cousin green tea matcha is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols which both boost our protection against cancer and heart disease.
Here’s what Carolyn has to say about her switched up version of this recipe with only 4.5 gms of carbs.
"So good and so easy. I know many people may be a bit freaked out by a green smoothie such as this. But trust me, it works. Matcha green tea is well known for its health properties and it’s got a lovely unique flavor. You really won’t taste the avocado at all. Feel free to add any other nutritional boosters you might like, such as MCT Oil.
Want a dairy-free version? Simply sub coconut cream for the heavy whipping cream!”
This next smoothie is from Maryea Flaherty at Happy Healthy Mamma.
It includes a whole banana but you could easily halve it and add maybe a little avocado or more ice and milk.
The ginger in the smoothie is loaded with nutrients that are super beneficial to our body and brain.
Its powerful anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties make this smoothie a great choice for detoxing.
Here’s what Maryea says about her gorgeous recipe.
“Bloated? You need this Anti-Bloat Smoothie in your life! Made with ingredients that are known to reduce bloating.
I stuffed a whole bunch of anti-bloating foods into a smoothie. Why? For those times when you need something to eat, but really don’t want a bloated stomach.”
This next inclusion is not a smoothie as such but a comprehensive blog about making a weight loss smoothie. Germain runs the gorgeous website Live Well Zone. She is a nutrition coach and writes on subjects such as hormone balance, healthy living and weight loss.
Here’s what Germain says about smoothies in general:
“When made with the right blend of wholesome, detoxifying, and nutrient-dense ingredients, smoothies can be a great way to boost weight loss, and maintain a healthy weight.”
The next smoothie is a low carb green smoothie. How gorgeous does it look.
This smoothie is from Lindsey at The Little Pine.
The spinach in this smoothie is a fabulous prebiotic full of insoluble fibre which helps flush rubbish through your digestive system and out the other end.
Related Post: A list Of The Best Foods For A Healthy Gut
Here’s what she says about green smoothies.
"What’s not to love?! Full of creamy goodness and body-loving nutrients, low carb green smoothies are:
- An easy way to get an extra serving of veggies
- Filling, so you won’t be hungry throughout the day
- Convenient to meal prep
- Super quick to blend and go!"
I couldn't do complete this list without including at least one smoothie that uses beetroot.
Beets are packed with essential nutrients, fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.
I think it’s a great idea to leave the beets raw to get all that lovely goodness.
Consider grating raw beetroot into your salad next time your making one for some delicous healthy crunch.
If you are using raw beets it is best to use a high speed blender such as a vitamix or nutribullet to make sure that the flesh is pulverised well enough to drink. I love, love, love my magic nutribullet. I use the vitamix if I am making a larger quantity.
For softer ingredients I recommend a stick blender. They are super quick and efficient and there is not much to clean up afterwards. I use mine a lot for all sorts of things.
A food processor just won't’ do the job I’m afraid.
Keep the skin on to get all that lovely goodness that is usually just under the skin. Just make sure to give them a good scrub. Of course if they are a bit mangy, peel them but if you are choosing beets in season (and you should be) that shouldn’t be a problem.
I chose this recipe by Kristen at The Endless Meal
Here’s what Kristen says about this delicious looking smoothie.
“Raw Beet Smoothie with coconut and blueberries is a healthy and delicious breakfast. The mild beet flavor goes well with the coconut and sweet blueberries. Go ahead, drink up your beets!”
I nearly forgot to include my on smoothie recipe. I haven't counted this in the five but it is pretty delicious.
It is my very own
The link will take you to a post, scroll to the end and it is there.
Want it in printable form. I've got your back.
As my Dad says. Always have the right tools for the job. If you have everything together in one spot and pre prep your incredients you can have your smoothie made in super quick time.
Here are a few things you should consider having at home for smoothie making.
Writing this post for you has certainly inspired me to get back into making smoothies. If it is a belly fat burning smoothie all the better. It will save me from hitting the snacks during my mid afternoon slump.
Seriously do your self a favour and get yourself set up for some delicious grab and go health in a cup.