We all know that eating more vegetables is one way that people can support their weight loss journey. In fact, data shows that increasing vegetable intake results in weight loss and a reduced risk of weight gain and overweight or obesity.
But, if your head is telling you to eat more greens but your heart is saying otherwise, know that there are other ways to get this important produce into your diet without force-feeding yourself bowls of salad or raw celery sticks.
Drinking smoothies can be a great way to enjoy vegetables and manage weight in a delicious and simple way. As long as you aren’t overdoing it on the sugary additions and you are including appropriate portion sizes of the ingredients you toss in your blender, a veggie-packed smoothie can fuel your body with weight loss-supporting nutrients, like vitamin C and fiber , in a low-calorie package.
If you are looking for some of the best vegetable smoothie recipes for weight loss, here are six that you can easily whip up in your own blender. Then, for more healthy meal ideas, check out our list of 5 Best Low-Sodium Recipes to Reduce Heart Disease Risk.
Leaning on the natural sweetness of carrots when making this smoothie will help you enjoy a satisfying taste without the need for any honey, maple syrup, or other caloric sweetener. The unexpected addition of chickpeas adds some plant-based protein and fiber to the mix—two factors that can help support satiety and give this smoothie some staying power. If you are craving the unique flavor of carrot cake in a sippable form, this smoothie is for you.
Get our recipe for Plant-Based Carrot Cake Smoothie.
Green smoothies can be a great option for people who want to pack in some serious nutrition at smoothie time. This paleo-friendly concoction not only has a boost of spinach, but it also contains avocado, flaxseeds, and dates—ingredients that can help this smoothie be more satisfying than drinking a traditional green juice.
Leaning on medjool dates gives this smoothie some lower glycemic natural sweetness too.
Get our recipe for Creamy Paleo Green Smoothie.
Sweet potatoes in a smoothie? You heard that right! Sweet potatoes are loaded with key nutrients, some of which may support weight loss (like fiber). And if you follow the tip to add cauliflower to this smoothie, you will get even more satisfying fiber in a low-calorie vessel. This creamy smoothie can act as a substantial snack or an addition to a light meal, thanks to the protein-packed Greek yogurt, the healthy fat-containing almond butter, and, of course, the healthy carbs found in those sweet potatoes.
Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.
This smoothie includes so many weight-loss-supporting ingredients. From flax seeds to parsley to even apple cider vinegar, this smoothie checks all of the weight loss boxes. And, of course, the kale helps add some fiber and nutrients with very few calories. Whip this smoothie up when you need a refreshing option that is both nutrient-packed and totally tasty.
Get the recipe from With Food and Love.
Not only does this smoothie lean on carrots for some better flavor, but it also contains weight loss-supporting ingredients like ginger and turmeric to take the weight loss support up a notch.
Intake of curcumin, a natural chemical naturally occurring in turmeric, is linked to a significant reduction in BMI, weight, and waist circumference among those with metabolic syndrome.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
You won’t believe this delicious berry smoothie is actually loaded with weight loss-supporting kale. 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 Baker.
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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 practice for almost 20 years. Read more