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8 Delicious Weight-Loss Smoothies

Weight-Loss Smoothies: Spinach and Avocadospinach-avocado-smoothie

Half an avocado per serving makes this smoothie totally worthy as a meal replacement. To make it even more filling (and flavorful), Cassie Johnston—whose new cookbook Chia, Quinoa, Kale, Oh My! is out now—adds peanut butter.

Makes 2 servings

1 avocado, pitted

1 cup fresh spinach

1 large ripe banana

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

1 cup milk

Handful of ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed until very smooth.

Banana Cream Pie  banana-cream-pie-smoothie

This smoothie, also from Johnston, might taste like dessert—but with a half a cup of Greek yogurt in each serving, it’s a much better alternative to doughnuts and coffee cake.

Makes 2 servings

1 large ripe banana, frozen

1 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons honey

1/3 cup unsweetened nut, soy, or cow’s milk

Handful of ice cubes

Graham cracker crumbs, crushed, for garnish

Combine banana, yogurt, vanilla, honey, milk, and ice in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top before serving.

Chocolate Chia Cherry  choco-chia-cherry-smoothie

Johnston put together this killer antioxidant duo of dark chocolate and cherries to make this smoothie feel extra decadent. But chia seeds turn it into a nutritional powerhouse—just a tablespoon packs 2 grams of protein and more than 5 grams of fiber to keep you full till lunch.

Makes 2 servings

1 cup unsweetened nut, soy, or cow’s milk

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups pitted, halved cherries

1 medium-size ripe banana

4 to 5 ice cubes

Combine ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Blend on high speed until everything is smooth.

Mixed Berry Cobbler  mixed-berry-cobler-smoothie

Go for coconut milk in this antioxidant-rich mixed berry recipe by Mimi Kirk, author of the new cookbook The Ultimate Cookbook of Modern Juicing, for plenty of healthy fats to keep you satiated.

Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup almond, hemp seed, or coconut milk

1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen

2–3 Medjool dates

Blend all ingredients in order listed until smooth.

Peach Milkshake  peach-milkshake-smoothie

Research hints that adding 2 tablespoons of coconut oil—made up of medium-chain fatty acids that may help speed up your metabolism—to your daily regimen will help you burn more calories. In this recipe, Kirk adds 1 teaspoon of the oil for a satiating effect.

Makes 1 serving

1 cup almond or hemp seed milk

1 cup fresh or frozen peaches

1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice

1/2 frozen banana

1 teaspoon coconut oil

Blend all ingredients in order listed until smooth.

Banana and Coconut Water  magnesium-lift-hero

Avocado and hemp seeds both deliver protein in this recipe by Christine Bailey, author of this month’s smoothie recipe book, Supercharged Juice & Smoothie Recipes. The smoothie also contains raw cacao nibs and wheatgrass, which both deliver magnesium, a chemical element essential for energy production that athletes tend to not get enough of.

Makes 1 serving

1/2 banana, chopped and frozen

1/4 ripe avocado, pitted

1 small handful spinach

1 handful frozen berries

1 1/2 teaspoons shelled hemp seeds

1/4 teaspoon wheatgrass powder

1/4 cucumber, chopped

1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs

Scant 1 cup coconut water or water, plus extra if needed

Chop banana and place in a freezer bag. Seal and freeze overnight until solid. Put banana in blender with remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding a little more water if necessary.

Berry, Flaxseed, and Pomegranate  brain-booster-hero

Another recipe from Bailey’s Supercharged, this one offers healthy fats, protein—and a big brain-boosting benefit. Bailey spikes the smoothie with the ancient Chinese herb gingko, which may help improve cognitive function and prevent memory loss.

Makes 1 serving

1 small handful blueberries, fresh or frozen

3 strawberries, stalks discarded, chopped

2 teaspoons shelled hemp seeds

1 teaspoon acai berry powder

1 tablespoon goji berries

1/4 teaspoon gingko powder

1/2 teaspoon flaxseed oil

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

1/4 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped

Scant 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, coconut water, or green tea

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Mellow Yellow Protein  mellow-yellow-protein-shake

In her new book, Raw Energy in a Glass, Stephanie Tourles has a delicious protein-rich smoothie made of hemp seeds, almond butter, and mango, plus a splash of vanilla extract.

Makes 2 servings

1 1/2 cups purified water

1 cup fresh or frozen mango, pitted, cut into chunks

2 medium or 3 small frozen bananas, cut into 1-inch chunks

1/4 cup raw hulled hemp seeds

2 tablespoons raw almond butter

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 teaspoon natural vanilla

Put water, mango, bananas, hemp seeds, almond butter, honey, vanilla, and salt in a blender and blend on high until very smooth and silky, 60 to 90 seconds.

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