Last Updated on
Smoothies are an excellent way to stick to a healthy diet. They’re packed with nutrients from fruits and veggies, so they make a great meal replacement option, too. If you’re looking for some extra protein, opt for smoothies with Greek yogurt or add a scoop of protein powder to your favorite smoothie recipe. From strawberry smoothies to banana smoothies, kale smoothies, and so much more, there are tons of refreshing smoothie recipes that are diet-friendly so they can help you shed the pounds while still being oh-so-satisfying.
While smoothies can offer a big boost to your weight-loss plan, you don’t always have the time required to chop up ingredients and whip up a delicious smoothie in the morning or over your lunch hour. When you need to grab a healthy, filling snack, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie anytime – on your way to the office in the morning, on your lunch break, anytime you’re craving a refreshingly satisfying treat. Our Edible® Treats menu includes oh-so-delicious smoothies like Pineapple + Honeydew + Kale, refreshing Pineapple & Orange, and so much more.
For more delicious weight loss smoothie recipes you should try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say.
Caleb Backe is a Certified Personal Trainer and Health & Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics.
“One of my favorite weight loss healthy smoothie recipes uses coconut water as a base.
“When getting the ingredients for the smoothie it’s vital to look at the ingredients and make sure none of them have added sugar.
“First pour the coconut water into a blender, followed by frozen strawberries, raw kale, raw spinach, a banana, and strawberry (or fruit-flavored) protein powder. Blend until the fruit is a drinkable consistency and enjoy. The color may be off-putting at first, however, you will be surprised by the great taste.
“The spinach and kale add so many important amino acids and nutrients to the smoothie without affecting the taste. There is no need for any sweeteners since the strawberries and banana are sufficient in natural sugars to make the smoothie very tasty. This is a fantastic meal replacement, can help aid in weight loss, and maintain a holistic healthy lifestyle.”
Jamie Hickey is a certified Personal Trainer/nutritionist and founder of Truism Fitness.
“This peaches and cream oatmeal smoothie is one of my favorite breakfast smoothie recipes.
“It’s full of protein, and contains oatmeal, which will help keep you satisfied longer.
- 1 cup of frozen or fresh peach slices
- 1 cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup of oatmeal
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond milk”
Lisa Richards is a nutritionist and author of The Candida
Diet. She has been featured on Today, US News, Women’s Health magazine, Healthline, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, Insider, and Well+Good, among others. Through her website, thecandidadiet.com, she explains the benefits of a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet.
“When it comes to weight loss and to smoothies one thing is common between both; added sugar. Added sugar can quickly sneak into many food items, even those deemed healthy, and begin to wreak havoc on your health and goals.
“When it comes to smoothies this is especially true as sugar-laden yogurts and powders are added to the recipe to provide flavor and bulk.
“To avoid unnecessary sugar and potential Candida overgrowth I like to recommend the Very Coconut Smoothie or the Cool Almond Smoothie. These two options will satisfy the person that prefers sweet and those that prefer savory without added refined sugars or carbohydrates that only slow down metabolism and weight loss.”
Amber Nash is the founder of Fit Healthy Best, a health and fitness website dedicated to helping today’s strong women feel their best. Her background is in group exercise instruction with a specialization in strength training classes for women.
“My favorite weight loss smoothie is the Chocolate Cherry Bomb. This shake is lighter in calories, but satisfies your hunger and sweet tooth making it a great weight loss shake!
- 3/4 cup frozen pitted cherries
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 2 Tbsp powdered chocolate peanut butter
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1-2 cups water or almond milk
- Handful of ice cubes
- Optional: Cacao Nibs sprinkled on top”
Vinay Amin is the founder of Eu Natural, a premium wellness brand that creates pure supplements formulated to empower your health. Vinay began his career in engineering and digital marketing, helping startups with their growth. Seeing a need for natural solutions to an expanding list of health concerns, he transitioned into the wellness industry.
“Focus on metabolism boosting and fat burning. The key to weight loss smoothies is replacing a meal with them instead. Focus on healthy fats, complex carbs, and proteins. And if you want to add some chocolate goodness, go for dark chocolate instead. It’ll add in polythenols which burn fat.”
Dr. Tom Biggart
Dr. Tom Biggart is a physical therapist, athletic training and strength and conditioning coach. He is the owner of EBM Fitness Solutions where he integrates rehab into fitness to get people back to living their lives to the fullest.
“I have two recipes to share because they are both great, and a little different.
“Morning Cup O’ Pro
- 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ – ½ cup brewed coffee
- 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
- 3-5 ice cubes
“Pour the coffee into a cup and let it sit for a bit to cool. Unless you want a warm protein smoothie. To each his own. You may not have to add any water to this one depending on the consistency and your personal preference.
- 1 scoop vanilla
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp choc chips or 1-2 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
“To me, this tastes like (or somewhat resembles) an oatmeal cookie. A chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, not that oatmeal raisin nonsense. ¼ cup of oats = 4 Tbsp oats. You can adjust accordingly.”
Becky Beach is the owner of MomBeach.com, a lifestyle blog for busy moms to help them live their best life.
“My go-to weight loss smoothie is the following:
“Piña Cool-ada Aerobics Smoothie
- 1/2 cup of kale
- 1/2 cup of spinach
- 1 cup of pineapple juice
- 1 cup of ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
“Pulse in blender until nice and smoothie. Enjoy with an umbrella!”
Maya Krampf is the founder of WholesomeYum.com, the largest low carb and keto blog in the world.
“My favorite weight loss smoothie is the Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Low Carb Smoothie Recipe.
“This keto chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe will be one of your fave healthy low carb smoothies. So creamy, and ready in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients! Options for paleo and dairy-free, too.
“The ingredients for this low carb chocolate peanut butter smoothie are super simple. They’re all right off my low carb food list, and you might even have them right now. They are:
- Peanut butter – preferably creamy and natural
- Cocoa powder
- Heavy cream
- Unsweetened almond milk (I’ve been making my own homemade almond milk to save money!)
- Sea salt (optional)
That’s only five ingredients (not including the optional sea salt) – yay!
Janis Isaman is the owner of Calgary-based My Body Couture, a private, one-on-one health studio. She is a highly certified movement specialist and a nutrition coach. Janis works with clients to develop practical and sustainable plans to feel better in their body.
“My favorite weight loss smoothie includes:
- Vegan protein powder
- Wheatgrass powder
- Spinach powder (did you know this existed?)
- Matcha powder
- Morninga powder
“It’s very green but it tastes good and keeps me full!”
Alejandro Chaban is a nutrition and wellness consultant and founder and CEO of Yes You Can!
“If your mid-day craving is an iced coffee or Frappuccino, try reaching for a healthy blended protein drink instead.
“This Protein Mocha Frappe contains:
- Calories (kcal): 95
- Protein (g): 15
- Carbohydrates (g): 6
- Fat (g): 2
- 1 Tbsp coffee
- 2 scoops of your favorite chocolate protein powder
- 4 oz water
- 6 ice cubes
- 1 tbsp sugar-free chocolate syrup
- 2 packets of artificial sweetener (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender, except for the chocolate syrup, until the ice is completely crushed.
- Pour the mix into a cup and add the chocolate syrup.”
Samantha Milner is a food blogger by day at Recipe This and mum of 3 by night. She lives in a country cottage in sunny Portugal with her husband Dominic. Prior to this she worked for more than a decade in internet marketing. She loves chocolate, Netflix and travelling with her family.
“In my opinion, it has to be the green smoothie as originally promoted via the British celebrity Katie Price.
“I watched her keep fit video and it included this cute green smoothie and it was the first time I had used one to shed the pounds. I fell in love with it and then modified it for own needs and have used it many times to shed unwanted weight.
“You can simply replace 2 meals a day with it and the pounds have always come off. It is also plant based too and perfect for a quick throw in the blender breakfast.
“Also like many other people, I have never been a huge breakfast fan so it is perfect for when you don’t do breakfast but want something good to start the day.
Ashlee Van Buskirk
Ashlee Van Buskirk owns and operates her own fitness and nutrition coaching business called Whole Intent. She works to provide high-quality personal training and nutrition planning services to her Denver-based clients, to help them achieve their fitness goals.
“Any good weight loss smoothie should emphasize a few things:
“(1) lean protein, (2) healthy fats, and (3) high-fiber carbs. The protein helps maintain and build your lean muscle mass, so you can burn more calories as the day goes on. The healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) give your body energy, help you absorb more vitamins, and improve the overall taste of the smoothie. And the high-fiber carbs help your digestive system run smoothly and support regularity in your routine.
“One of my all-time favorite weight loss recipes hits all these pointers and more! This healthy Tropical Sunrise smoothie offers a good mix of antioxidants, vitamins, protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
“Give it a try!
- 1 banana
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 1 carrot, peeled
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- Handful of ice
“Blend until well mixed. Serve and enjoy!”
Shephanie is the Best-Selling Author of DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Getting Started: How I Lost 140 Pounds.
“My favorite weight loss smoothie is Steph’s Sweet Smoothie!
- Handful of seasonal berries
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup raw spinach – packed
- 1 scoop berry flavored low carb protein powder
- 1 Cup of water
- 1 Cup of ice
- 5 packets of zero-carb sweetener
“Blend and enjoy!”
Bree Sheree is a plant-based recipe developer for her blog, Bree’s Vegan Life. She focuses on creating and sharing healthy, whole-foods recipes that don’t compromise on taste. Bree is passionate about helping others live a healthier, more compassionate lifestyle.
“My favorite weight loss smoothie recipe is this healthy avocado smoothie from my blog:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
“I like this smoothie because it contains spinach, which allows me to get some leafy greens into my diet without even tasting them.
“The avocado adds some healthy fat which makes this smoothie very filling so I don’t feel tempted to eat more after drinking it. Every ingredient in this smoothie is whole-foods plant-based, with no unhealthy additives such as refined sugar, yet it still tastes delicious.”
Jamie Bacharach is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach, as well as the Head of Practice at Acupuncture Jerusalem. Jamie’s travels have taken her across the world as she has learned to synthesize the best of Western and Eastern medicine to the benefit of her patients.
“I love smoothies – it’s tough to pick just one favorite weight-loss recipe, but here it goes!
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup of your favorite plant milk
- 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup acai berries
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp date honey
- 1/2 cup ice
“Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and serve with a straw! I love this recipe because you get the perfect blend of sweet and tart with the yogurt, berries and date honey! It’s also absolutely loaded with antioxidants and nutrients while at the same time giving you a ‘full’ feeling for hours – perfect for weight loss. Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids that reduce stress hormones which can also help curb weight gain and unhealthy eating habits.”
Jason Priest is the Founder & CEO of Dad Bod Health, LLC.
“My favorite weight loss smoothie recipe is as follows:
- One scoop of whey protein
- 2 cups of raw spinach
- One cup of frozen mixed berries
- One tablespoon of almond butter
“Blend with ice until desired consistency is reached. This is an extremely nutrient dense smoothie and is also low in carbs. You’re getting lots of great nutrients and the protein powder combined with the almond butter will help keep you full longer. This smoothie is a great way to start the day and is made frequently by my family.”
Tracy Anderson is an editor and blogger for Top Reveal, a site dedicated to helping consumers make smart decisions. She loves testing recipes and gadgets and finding ways to improve our quality of life.
“Here are two of my favorite weight loss smoothie recipes:
“Peach Oatmeal Smoothie:
“A peach oatmeal smoothie is the best smoothie that I would love to take on breakfast. This gives energy and nutrients to my body to work all day. This recipe is a perfect blend of low fat and high protein.
“Oatmeal is the main ingredient of this smoothie, and it can help you to lower down the cholesterol level.
“Ingredients you need:
- 1 cup of frozen peaches
- ½ cup of oatmeal
- ½ cup of almond or low-fat milk
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
“The process you need to follow:
“Put almond milk and oatmeal in the blender and blend them. Add peaches, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract in it. Blend it until it becomes smooth. The Peach Oatmeal Smoothie is ready to serve.
“Oranges are a good source of vitamin C and, when we are switching to a weight loss diet, vitamin C is the main component in it. It can help to boost metabolism and help you lose weight.
“It is a refreshing recipe, and you can take it whenever you want.
“Ingredients you need:
- 2 peeled oranges
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ cup of almond milk
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
“The process you need to follow:
“Blend oranges, almond milk, and Greek yogurt together in a blender. Add honey and vanilla extract in it. Blend it until it becomes smooth. Refrigerate it and serve it chill.”
Erin Assenza is an Integrative & Functional Nutrition Health Coach.
“This time of year, my favorite smoothie is the Pumpkin Spice, of course!
“Using fall’s favorite flavor, I have created a delicious, healthy and easy breakfast smoothie with a hidden healthy ingredient! Here is the recipe:
“The Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 serving protein powder
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 frozen banana
- 1/4 raw zucchini
- 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp of pumpkin spice
- 1-2 cups almond milk (depending on desired consistency)”
Joanna Weng is the co-founder of EverLife, a healthy eating, plant-based nutritional brand based in Madison, WI. After graduating from Harvard College, she was inspired by her interest in food, nutrition, and fitness to create a line of clean, organic plant protein and fiber blends that she could share with her friends, family, and community.
“My favorite weight loss protein smoothie recipe is below:
“This smoothie incorporates plant-based protein, fiber, and liquids, while hitting all the macros (healthy fats, protein, complex carbs) in a creamy blend, without any fast-burning sugars or processed fats, keeping you full for several hours while also being low in calorie. Plus, it’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free, so suitable for a variety of diets.
- A big handful of spinach or collard greens (you won’t really be able to taste it! If greens aren’t your thing, you can swap out for berries)
- A pack or scoop (25g) of EverLife vanilla plant protein (for complete organic protein and prebiotic fiber)
- A tablespoon of almond or sunflower seed butter
- A dash of cinnamon, tumeric, or ginger (for a little kick/spice!)
- 1-2 cups of water (depending on how thick you like your smoothies)”
Sofia Norton is a Registered Dietician and a Health and Nutrition Writer. After working in the industry for more than 8 years, she’s come to love the low-carb lifestyle for its many health benefits.
“My go-to smoothie for weight loss is banana chocolate protein.
“Contrary to what you may think, this smoothie is unlike the typical version. My version has just around 6 grams of net carbs and 25.5 grams of protein to keep me full all day and beat mid-morning cravings! (I take it for breakfast.) I use coconut milk, bitter cocoa, banana extract, avocado, and protein powder. Instead of white sugar, sweeten it with erythritol.”
Christine Kenney is a health coach with a Master in Social Work and helps busy women kick their sugar cravings and double their energy so they can confidently fit into their skinny jeans without starving themselves of the food they love.
“Do you find yourself still hungry two hours after you eat that smoothie? The key is to fill your smoothie with foods high in fiber, fat, and protein so you fully satisfy those hunger hormones. When you have these key ingredients into your smoothie you may discover that you are not starving two hours later, you won’t run to a high-carb lunch, and you won’t find yourself needing a sugary snacks to avoid a blood sugar crash. This will set you up to stop food cravings before they start and allow your body natural metabolism to go to work ( helping you burn fat and lose weight if that is your goal)!
“Chocolate Nut Cup
- 1 serving chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tbsp nut butter
- 1-2 Tbsp flax seed
- 6 ounces liquid, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk
- Hand full of greens (spinach, kale, mixed greens)
- Cacao nibs for topping and a little add in
“This is the perfect smoothie to keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout your day!”
Maggy Doherty is a Registered Dietitian and owner of her own
nutrition private practice, Doherty Nutrition. As a UCLA student-athlete on the Women’s Diving team, she learned how to use food to take her health and performance to the next level.
“Here is my favorite weight loss smoothie:
“Dates provide a natural sugar, rich texture, and caramel flavor to smoothies – even baked goods! Try this luscious shake for a natural pick me up.
- 1 frozen banana
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 6 pitted dates
- ¼ cup Greek 0%
- 1 cup liquid (0% milk)
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- Organic, sugar-free chocolate syrup
- Non-fat whipped cream
- In blender combine, frozen banana, ice cubes, pitted dates, yogurt, milk, chocolate whey protein powder, and cocoa powder; Blend until smooth.
- Pour in large glass and top with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and sprinkle of cocoa powder.
“Nutritious Tip: Use water as your liquid in smoothies to cut extra calories!”
Dr. Wendy Twohey
Dr. Wendy Twohey, DC specializes in Functional Nutrition and is committed to helping people achieve optimal health through natural means. She helps hurting people uncover the origin of their pain and identify solutions to reverse it at Dr. Gil Center for Back, Neck and Chronic Pain Relief in Franklin, Tenn.
“Many of the chronic pain issues we treat everyday are triggered or exacerbated by excess body weight, so an important part of improving our patients’ health includes educating them about lifestyle choices that can help them shed pounds. We teach both exercises and diet modifications.
“This weight loss smoothie recipe is quick, healthy and delicious and packs an enormous amount of nutrition for the calorie count. It checks all the boxes with fruit, veggies, protein and healthy fat. As an added bonus, it tastes like your childhood favorite — a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
“Recipe: The PBJ
- 1 1/4 cup blueberries and/or strawberries
- 2 scoops organic peanut butter powder
- 1 cup almond milk
- Handful of baby spinach
- Handful of ice”
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Dr. Carolyn Dean is a health pioneer with over 30 years of experience with health, diet and nutrition. She’s authored 30 books including Future Health Now Encyclopedia and The Complete Natural Guide to Women’s Health.
“My favorite weight loss smoothie is what I call a Keto Smoothie:
“I use an organic whey/pea/rice protein powder and add coconut milk, and buzz it in a high speed blender with hi fat macadamia nuts. I might add a raw organic egg or two for more protein.
“The high fat content would keep me in a fat burning zone.”
When you want an easy smoothie fix to start your day off right while sticking to your healthy diet, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie you can grab and go. Choose your favorite combination of ingredients from our Edible® Treats menu for a custom blend of favors created just for you!