We all know that eating more vegetables is one way people can support their weight loss journey. In reality, show data that increasing vegetable intake leads to weight loss and a reduced risk of weight gain and overweight or obesity.
But if your head says you should eat more vegetables but your heart says otherwise, know that there are other ways to get these important foods into your diet without forcing yourself to eat bowls of salad or raw celery sticks.
Drinking smoothies can be a great way to enjoy veggies in a delicious and easy way and keep weight in check. As long as you don’t overdo it with the sugary additions and you use the right portion sizes of the ingredients you throw in your blender, a smoothie full of vegetables can feed your body with nutrients that support weight loss, such as vitamin C and fiberin a low-calorie package.
If you’re looking for some of the best vegetable smoothie recipes for weight loss, here are six that you can easily make in your own blender. For more healthy meal ideas, check out our list of the 5 Best Low Sodium Recipes to Reduce Your Heart Disease Risk.
By leaning on the natural sweetness of carrots when making this smoothie, you can enjoy a satisfying flavor without the need for honey, maple syrup, or other caloric sweeteners. The unexpected addition of chickpeas adds some plant-based protein and fiber to the mix — two factors that can support satiety and give this smoothie some staying power. If you crave the unique taste of carrot cake in a drinkable form, this smoothie is for you.
Get our recipe for Vegetable Carrot Cake Smoothie.
Green smoothies can be a great option for those looking to pack in some serious nutrition during smoothie time. Not only does this paleo-friendly concoction have a boost of spinach, but it also contains avocado, flaxseed, and dates — ingredients that can make this smoothie more satisfying than drinking a traditional green juice.
Leaning on medjool dates, this smoothie also imparts some lower glycemic natural sweetness.
Get our recipe for Creamy Paleo Green Smoothie.
Sweet potatoes in a smoothie? You heard that right! Sweet potatoes are packed with important nutrients, some of which may support weight loss (such as fiber). And if you follow the tip of adding cauliflower to this smoothie, you’ll get even more satisfying fiber in a low-calorie barrel. This creamy smoothie can serve as a hearty snack or as an addition to a light meal, thanks to the protein-rich Greek yogurt, healthy fat-containing almond butter, and of course, the healthy carbohydrates in those sweet potatoes.
Get the recipe from Ambitious cuisine†
This smoothie contains so many ingredients that support weight loss. From flaxseeds to parsley to even apple cider vinegar, this smoothie checks all the boxes for weight loss. And of course, the kale helps add some fiber and nutrients with very few calories. Whip up this smoothie when you need a refreshing option that’s both nutrient-packed and totally delicious.
Get the recipe from With food and love†
In addition to relying on carrots for great taste, this smoothie also contains ingredients that support weight loss, such as: ginger and turmeric to take weight loss support to the next level.
Intake of curcumin, a natural chemical found naturally in turmeric, has been linked to a significant reduction in BMI, weight and waist circumference among people with the metabolic syndrome.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Bakery†
You won’t believe that this delicious berry smoothie is actually packed with kale that aids weight loss. Gluten-free, vegan and with no added sugars, this veggie smoothie deserves to be on your weight loss-supporting smoothie rotation.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Bakery†
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Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC
Lauren Manaker is an award-winning registered dietitian, book author and recipe developer who has been in the practice for nearly 20 years. read more