If you want to target your belly fat by drinking fruit and vegetable smoothies, here are a few delicious smoothie recipes you can’t miss:
Berry Breakfast Smoothie
1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
1 cup pomegranate juice (unsweetened)
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. whey protein powder
5-6 ice cubes
Aside from being delicious, berries contain very powerful antioxidants which help protect the cells in your body from free-radical damage. They are also loaded with fiber, which will help keep your hunger at bay. Blueberries help reduce blood sugar and aid in bone development, blackberries have anti-cancer properties and improve memory retention and raspberries are low-glycemic and are known for helping control blood pressure. On the other hand, pomegranate is rich in antioxidants, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and polyphenols, all of which contribute to fat-burning and healthy metabolism.
The Creamy Citrus Mix
1 medium ripe banana
1 cup mixed berries (frozen)
2 tbsp. flax seed
5-6 ice cubes
Bananas prove to be a popular ingredient in weight-loss smoothies because of the sweet taste and creamy texture they add. They are rich in dietary fiber, Vitamins B-6 and C, potassium and magnesium. Oranges contain zero fat, are low in calories and high in nutrients such as Vitamin C, calcium, niacin, magnesium, potassium, thiamine and fiber – all of which are essential to weight loss.
Strawberries and Cream Protein Smoothie
1/2 cup strawberries (frozen)
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. whey protein
Strawberries are an absolute delight to add to weight loss fruit smoothies. They are nutrient-dense, containing high amounts of Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and fiber. Their fiber content helps curb appetite while the other nutrients found in strawberries help slow down the digestion of starchy foods. On the other hand, research proves that yogurt not only helps in weight loss, but it targets the fat around the waist. According to a recent research from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, eating 18 ounces of low-fat/fat-free yogurt a day can help you achieve a flat belly. Their study found that those who regularly ate yogurt lost about 22% more fat and approximately 80% more belly fat compared to dieters who skipped the snack.
So if you’re aiming to remove excess belly fat on top of losing weight the healthy way, regular consumption of fruit and vegetable smoothies is an efficient way to do so. Just remember to use a variety of fresh produce to add more nutrients to your smoothies!