Although smoothies can be a delicious, easy way to grab nutrients on the go, they aren’t always the healthiest thing to eat (well, drink, but you know what we mean) Depending on the ingredients, smoothies can be loaded with sugar and fat. That said, not all smoothies are created equal. There a number of homemade smoothie recipes that are not only chock full of nutrients, but can even help shed some pounds if you looking to do so. By choosing specific ingredients that help aid digestion, burn fat, decrease inflammation, and so much more, you can create a weight loss smoothie that won’t have you reaching for something to eat an hour later.
Chia Seeds can be used as one of the important ingredients in smoothies. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, boasting 9.75 grams (g) per 1 ounce (oz) serving. They also contain 4.69 g of protein per serving. Chia seeds are very small seeds that come from the mint family. While they look fairly innocuous and uninteresting, they are rapidly becoming more popular owing to a large number of different health benefits. For one, chia seeds are high in fiber and omega 3 fatty acid and at the same time, they have an almost magical ability to absorb fluid and hold onto it. Diets high in fiber have been linked to weight loss. According to the 2015 research Trusted Source, eating 30 grams of fiber daily may help you lose as much weight as if you followed a more complicated diet.
Fruit Smoothie: Mango Chia Seed Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons chia seeds + 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk + 2 medium bananas, sliced and frozen + 2 cups frozen mango chunks
Why it works: The chia seeds in this smoothie are chock full of fiber, which will keep you feeling fuller longer. Two tablespoons have almost 10 grams of fiber, which is almost half of your recommended daily intake. Mangos are also a great fruit that is low in carbs and fat, according to NDTV Food. That said, a little mango goes a long way, so stick to the serving size to avoid having too much sugar in your drink.