How I Lost 20 Pounds Drinking Green Smoothies
When I first started drinking Green Smoothies I was unhealthy, overweight and suffering from a wide range of health issues.
What I discovered, was losing the weight and reclaiming my health was A LOT easier than I had expected. The first healthy change I made in my lifestyle was to drink a Green Smoothie daily.
Green Smoothies are ideal for burning weight and restoring your health. They’re low in calories, low in fat, high in fiber and most importantly they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. To make the ideal weight loss smoothie follow these tips
7 Tips to Help You Lose Weight with Green Smoothies
1. Vegetable to fruit ratio
Let’s face it fruits taste a lot better than vegetables. I lurve me some spinach, but compared to my favourite fruits like mango? Or watermelon? It’s not even close.
BUT! I know, there is always a but. Green vegetables are the stars in this show. Spinach, cucumbers, celery, parsley, cilantro, kale, romaine, swiss chard and all of the other greens I’m missing. They’re the ones we want for weight loss and optimal nutrition.
If weight loss is your goal – 2 cups of vegetables to 1 cup of fruit should be your ratio.
If you’re drinking Green Smoothies to maintain your current health you can go 1:1 vegetables to fruits
2. Avoid Processed Foods
The only thing as important as including lots of vegetables in your Green Smoothies is NOT including processed foods.
Avoid adding dairy products such as yogurt and milk. Dairy products are generally loaded with hormones and chemicals which can greatly affect your ability to lose weight.
Please, please don’t add in processed sugars. They literally have no nutritional value and are guaranteed to add to your midsection. If you find you don’t like the taste of the Green Smoothie add more fruit.
Juice can be a tempting alternative to water but it’s loaded with sugar and preservatives.
Avoid include canned fruits. Go for frozen or fresh, never canned.
3. Avoid Protein Powders
I use sun warrior protein powder after workouts. It’s raw, plant based protein. So we’re good to go right? Not so fast! Although I don’t believe in counting calories, adding protein powder is generally overkill and something I cut out when I was trying to lose weight.
4. Avoid Sweeteners
As I discuss above you should avoid processed sugar. However, adding honey, Agave or coconut palm sugar will be detrimental as well. Even if they’re advertised as low (or no) calorie alternatives you’re sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Not all fats are created equal. Coconut oil, avocado and olive oil are all ‘healthy fats’. I consume coconut oil, MCT oil, avocados and olive oil regularly. When I was trying to lose weight I cut back on them. Swap water for coconut milk.
Avoid buying foods that are ‘fat free’ or ‘light’. You’re essentially swapping fuel (healthy fats) for chemicals you probably can’t pronounce.
6. Help Out Your Own Cause!
If you’re drinking a green smoothie in the morning but eating french fries for dinner every night you’re probably not going to lose weight. As long as you’re eating clean, whole foods you’ll probably have success.
Try to get out of the habit of rewarding yourself with dessert every night or eating sugary cereal for breakfast. Small changes can make a world of difference.
7. Find A Support System
Finding someone who will support you can make all the difference in the world! We run free smoothie challenges every few months. It’s complete with recipes, weekly shopping lists and a facebook group where we share advice, discuss green smoothies, ask questions and support each other.