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A nutrient-dense detox and belly fat burning smoothie is a great way to keep cravings at bay between meals to make it easier to reduce your middle-age spread. If you’re replacing a meal with a smoothie your fat burning goals become more achievable, and you’ll enjoy the added benefit of a delicious and healthful option to keep you on track.
I wrote this post to address a common misconception about smoothies being inherently healthy. However, the reality is quite different for many smoothies.
While searching for delicious, healthy options that are also waistline-friendly, I came across numerous smoothie recipes that claimed to aid weight loss but, disappointingly, were loaded with sugar. It’s essential to remember that sugar takes various forms, some of which might surprise you, and we’ll delve into those details shortly.
I often replace breakfast with a smoothie, and it’s been a game-changer for my health and weight loss journey. I’ve discovered that I can pack way more goodness into a smoothie than a bowl of cereal, and it helps me meet my nutrition targets effortlessly.
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In my daily routine, I rely on a powerful combination of ingredients like spinach, avocado (when in season), frozen berries, super greens powder, collagen powder, almond chia butter, and almond milk. These ingredients not only keep me satisfied but also support my goal of burning belly fat effectively.
Let me be clear though, smoothies are not some magic pill for weight loss. And especially not the ones that promise you will shed weight and detox FAST!
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. Then I’m sorry but you’re mistaken.
You may as well go to the nearest bakery and buy the biggest piece of sticky cake that you can find with chocolate sauce on the side and scoff that.
How To Use Smoothies To Lose Belly Fat
Making your own smoothie allows you to control the ingredients and know exactly what’s gone into it.
So here are my tips for how to make your belly fat smoothie as healthy as possible.
A balanced smoothie should include protein and fibre to help keep you full, improve digestion and provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—typically from fruits and vegetables.
Pack as many nutrients as you can into your smoothie and replace one of your meals with it. I struggle with what to have for lunch so a smoothie makes a lot of sense. some leaves, healthy fat, a small amount of fruit for sweetness, and Bob’s your uncle you have a meal replacement with everything you need.
For Easier Weight Loss Keep High Sugar Ingredients To A Minimum
Pretty simple really.
Bananas have more than 15 grams of sugar per banana, that’s like adding 3 teaspoons of sugar into your smoothie. I am sure you would even consider contemplating that. Although bananas 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 at least 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.
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Greens pack a nutritious punch
Avocado gives a nice creamy texture while greens such as kale and spinach add antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.
Of course, as I advocate on this website, if you want to lose weight in midlife, perimenopause, menopause or whatever stage of life you’re 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 belly fat burning smoothie
This will amp up flavour and nutrients. Unsweetened, cashew coconut or almond 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 for their nutrition value
- Chia seeds
- Phsyllium husk
- Hemp seeds
These will thicken your smoothie nicely as well as add incredible benefits such as Omega 3’s and soluble fibre. Also cacao nibs, matcha, maca, raw nuts, cacao powder, super greens powder, cinnamon and coconut yoghurt (unsweetened).
Foods That Burn Fat Naturally
Nuts – whole, raw and unblanched (almonds, walnuts, pecans) or activated; high in healthy fats and protein; almonds contain L-arginine (an amino acid) that when used pre-workout can help the body burn more fat so is a must for any belly fat burner smoothies. Natural nut butter is also a good option.
Berries – especially raspberries, berries are low in sugar add a nice tanginess and are high in fibre and antioxidants. Frozen berries are perfectly acceptable and are available all year round.
Tea – a bit of caffeine for an energy boost and good teas especially quality matcha contain antioxidants
Avocado – full of healthy fats that keep you satisfied until your next meal. High in fibre, and vitamins, especially B6 which can help balance out the effects of cortisol, a stress hormone that greatly contributes to weight gain in midlife women.
Flaxseed – I consider this to be one of the best health foods on the planet. High in Omega 3 fatty acids and full of fibre and protein.
Cinnamon – The powerful antioxidant effects of cinnamon boosts metabolism. I love this spice and use it liberally in both sweet and savoury dishes.
Dark Chocolate – At least 70% cocoa. If sugar is listed as the first ingredient it’s not high enough in cocoa. The polyphenols in cocoa help the body to burn fat.
Olive oil – This is a monounsaturated oil that doesn’t have the same health risks as saturated fats and if it is an extra virgin is full of good nutrients. It will also keep you feeling satiated. The taste of extra virgin can be strong but you can get used to it.
5 Top Smoothies That Won’t Sabotage Your Weight Loss Efforts
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. A great addition of your losing weight. 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 are know to boost our protection against cancer and possible 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 flavour. 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 belly fat burning 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. This is my pick of the smoothies for burning belly fat.
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 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 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!”
How pretty is that colour?
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 and is my favourite smoothie for losing belly fat.
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1/2 banana
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 tbsp ground linseed
- ½ tsp matcha powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup almond milk
- ¼ water
- Add everything to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
If you want to lower the carb content even more you could leave out the banana and add a scoop of protein powder and a dash of stevia.
As my Dad always 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 that doubles as a delicious belly fat burning meal.