Weight Loss Shakes and Smoothies

Smoothie To Go
Smoothie To Go | Source

Smoothie for Weight Loss

Creating your own weight loss smoothie is a delicious, affordable and time efficient way to lose weight. After reading my recipes and tasting the tantalizing flavors, I believe you will find substituting one or two meals a day with a weight loss shake or smoothie is so easy and delicious that deciding to give it a whirl is a no brainer.

I have used protein drinks to keep my caloric intake low while meeting my daily nutritional requirements for many years. I love the taste of my protein drinks. I have done much experimenting and have learned to make them so yummy I can hardly wait to enjoy the pleasures of my flavor bursting creations.

Here is a glimpse of the thinking process I went through in creating these drinks. I made the decision to use coconut milk and protein as the base for my smoothie or shake. Experimenting with the food ideas floating in my head I put the ingredients into my 2 cup blender and whizzed them together until it was smooth. The result was better than I could have imagined. The drinks had the consistency of a milk shake. The flavor was rich and almost decadent. It totally satisfied my sweet tooth and left me feeling full. Since that first protein smoothie creation I have experimented with new ingredients and flavors.

Last week I had visitors stay at our house. As I was making my protein smoothie Brian came in and asked what I was making. I told him I had created a weight loss desert drink. He looked puzzled so I asked him if he would like to try it. He said, Sure! I blended a protein smoothie for him and could tell he was impressed. He said, "Wow Mekenzie, this is so good!" Brian told his daughter, who was also staying with us, about the smoothie. I asked her if she would like one. After sipping on her smoothie she looked up and said, "This is delicious, how do you make it?"

In this hub I will share the recipe's I use to make my homemade weight loss and meal replacement smoothies.

Protein Smoothie

This smoothie is rich in protein and may be used as a meal replacement. I use a Whey Protein which I purchase through a nutritionist or a protein base through Vollara. Whatever protein base you use make sure it contains the purest of ingredients. You can find these quality protein's in your Mom and Pop health food stores or inbox me and I will help you to get my protein base.

Follow directions below: Once mixed pour into a tall glass and get ready for your taste buds to start dancing. A protein smoothie can be used as a meal Replacement. You can use the protein mix with ice and milk or add the fruit as I have suggested to create a Protein Fruit Smoothie

ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Almond or Coconut Milk, Look for Organic
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder, From Reputable Health Food Store or Independent Company
  • 4-6 Ice Cubes
  • Opt. 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Yogurt, Organic is Best
  • Opt. 1/2 Banana
  • Opt. 1/2 cup Crushed Pineapple, Packed in 100% Fruit Juice

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into a blender. A single serving blender means less clean up and efficiency as you may drink it right out of the container.
  2. Place one scoop of protein onto milk.
  3. Now throw ice on top (experiment to get the consistency you want.)
  4. Add yogurt and fruit (if desired)
  5. Whiz and pulse the blender until all ingredients are mixed and the drink is thick.

Nutritious - Delicious Protein Shake

5 stars from 2 ratings of Delicious Protein Shake
Blueberry Smoothie
Blueberry Smoothie | Source

Blueberry Smoothie

A blueberry smoothie is a very appealing and delicious treat. The deep blue/purple color of the smoothie is as delicious as it looks.

We pick our own blueberry's in the summertime and freeze them to be used in various dishes throughout the year. Our guest Brian found blueberries in our freezer downstairs and plopped them into his smoothie. It looked so good that I had to make one for myself. We both found it to be a decadent treat! Go get some blueberries, freeze them and prepare to whip up your own blueberry smoothie. Most likely you won't need ice cubes because the blueberries are frozen and create the desired milk shake consistency. You are in for a treat - trust me.

Blueberry Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup low fat milk (may use coconut, soy or almond - but please add at least 1/4 cows milk)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 packet truvia (stevia)
  • Ice - if needed (experiment)

DIRECTIONS:

Pour milk into your blender. Add blueberries and 1 packet of truvia. Pulse and blend until thick. If needed add enough ice to make it thick like a Milkshake or Smoothie.

BLUEBERRY WEIGHT LOSS SMOOTHIE (Meal Replacement)

  • 1 cup low fat milk (may use coconut, soy or almond - but please add at least 1/4 cows milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • protein mix
  • Ice - if needed (experiment)

*optional: Add 1/2 banana and 2 Tblsp. Greek Yogurt

Pour milk into your blender. Add blueberries - if desired add banana and yogurt. Add a handful of ice. Pulse and blend until thick.

Vanilla Smoothie
Vanilla Smoothie | Source

Vanilla Cake Milkshake

Create a festive treat complete with sprinkles on top

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese or tofu
  • Scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 - 4 stevia or truvia packets (experiment - to taste)
  • 3-5 drops butter or almond extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
  • colored sprinkles

Cottage cheese may not sound like a treat in a shake but this is what will make the consistency like a milkshake. If you are sensitive to dairy, use tofu to get the same consistency!

Xanthan gum is available at most grocery stores in the gluten free section! To help make your shake smooth and creamy add just a pinch.

Note: Widespread testing of xanthan gum has not been completed, but it is considered a safe, natural additive to foods. Eating too much xanthan gum can have an unpleasant laxative effect on some people, possibly due to its high-fiber content.


For the Chocolate Lover

I Love Chocolate
I Love Chocolate | Source

Chocolate Smoothie

This recipe is for the chocolate lover in you. Experiment with the ingredients until you get a drink that makes you happy.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz. milk (may use almond, coconut or soy milk)
  • heaping tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup plain yogurt (may also use vanilla or chocolate yogurt
  • a sprinkle of Truvia for appropriate sweetness
  • handful of ice
  • optional: 1/2 banana

DIRECTIONS:

Pour milk into blender with cocoa powder and vanilla (add or decrease cocoa according to taste.) Add yogurt and handful of ice. If you add the banana it will change the taste of the chocolate .. you may like it or you may not. Experiment with the ingredients to tailor make your own yummy smoothie.

Enjoy!

Source

Green Smoothie

This Smoothie is so simple to throw together. The finished product may look strange because it is green, but it tastes terrific.

I have to admit I was not excited at all when my daughter handed me my first green drink. I assure you that I thought I would hate it, but I didn't, in fact I loved it!

This green smoothie has also been kid tested. Both of my daughter's make green smoothies for their children. The kids love this green drink and think it's a special treat. This drink can also be made into Popsicles - the kids love them.

Just 4 ingredients you can mix up in seconds. You won't even taste the spinach. It packs a bunch of nutrients and anti-oxidants in a gulp. What a way to get your fruits and veggies in.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 to 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • large handful of spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • lots of ice

Optional: Strawberries and a slice of fresh ginger

DIRECTIONS:

Whiz and pulse until smooth. Pour this refreshing vitamin rich drink into a tall glass. If it doesn't blend well add a little water or yogurt. Try it, you'll be surprised you like it.

Enjoy!

Slushies

Source

Fruit Slushie

I fell in love with McDonald's 100% Fruit Slushy. One day I decided to see how hard it would be to make one at home.After some experimenting, I learned that fruit juices with sugar make a better slushy. The sugar seems to keep it from separating.

The 100% juice slushy still works but it separates leaving most of the icy juice on top. I can handle a separated slushy, how about you?

FRUIT JUICE SLUSHY - Simplest Recipe Yet.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of Juice (orange banana pineapple juice, grape juice, grapefruit juice etc.)
  • handful of ice (experiment with amount)
  • Optional - 1/2 almond milk and 1/2 fruit juice (provides better consistency and a creamier base - surprisingly delicious)

DIRECTIONS: Mix and Pulse with blender until it has a slushy consistency.

FRUIT AND JUICE SLUSHY

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup fruit Juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 5 strawberries
  • handful of ice

DIRECTIONS: Whiz and pulse with blender for a smoothie with more texture.

Enjoy!

Create a Smoothie or Slushie

I hope you will experiment with your own smoothie or slushie creation. Whether you need to lose weight or just need a simple meal replacement, a smoothie is the way to go.

A Slushie can be blended in seconds. Making a slushie adds body to your juice and fun to your drink. Pull out a straw and watch the kids eyes light up.

Experiment using different juices. I was surprised by the slushy I made with pink grapefruit juice. The juice I used had sugar in it which created a wonderful slushy texture and an extremely thirst quenching treat.

Feel free to add your own smoothie and/or slushie recipe's below. I have fallen in love with them myself.


More by this Author

  • Do You Have Panic Attacks and Anxiety?
    16

    If you've ever experienced a panic attack you will identify. There are some good resources listed on this page. Take control today & get the help you need to conquer Panic Attacks and Anxiety.

  • Brains - Misfiring
    32

    A hub about the struggle and complexity of living with Mental Illness. Recent Mental Health News is included in this article. The power of your thoughts is addressed with suggestions on changing the way you think.

  • How Do You Know if You Have the Gift of Discernment?
    35

    Do you have the gift of Discernment? Do you know how to use this gift to minister to the body of Christ? Learn more details about what the word of God has to say about this spiritual gift.


Comments 45 comments

Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 14 months ago from Michigan Author

Hi renee21, I agree with trying the strawberries too. The banana gives the shake a thicker consistency which I really like. The protein powder is always a good idea, especially if you are using the shake as a meal replacement. Thanks for dropping by with your helpful input and encouragement.


renee21 profile image

renee21 14 months ago

These smoothies all look really delicious! You know what would be really yummy in the chocolate one, is if you put strawberries in place of the banana and whey protein powder. The protein powder would give it some extra nutritional value. Great hub! Voted up!


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

You'll be glad you bought some protein once you try these smoothies Jackie.

The grapefruit warning is on medicine bottles so I'm banking on that fact and that people have read the bottle and are forewarned of any interactions with meds.

Thanks for the comment and let me know how you like your smoothies. I LOVE them!

Blessings!

Mekenzie


Jackie Lynnley profile image

Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow I think I am going to be buying some protein mix and giving this a try! Thank you. ^

Oh you might want to warn older people who are on blood pressure medicines that grapefruit juice could be dangerous. Not real sure how but think it cancels out the blood pressure medicine and that could be dangerous.


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Kathryn, I also make them for convenience at breakfast and sometimes a quick lunch. They are jam- packed with great nutritional benefits and they also help with weight loss too.

BEST thing is that they feel like a real treat because of the smoothie texture and delicious flavor combinations. I love them.

Please do link to your diet hub and I'll go on a search to read it too. Glad you found the recipe's enticing enough to try them. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts too. :)

Mekenzie


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Audrey, I really enjoy these recipes too. I drink them every day now that it is summer. Makes me so happy to know that you like them too.

I just checked out the site for the protein and you are right, the link doesn't work. I order mine through a nutritionist. I could pick some up for you if you'd like - just inbox me and we'll figure it out. :)

I really should come up with more health recipe hubs as they are very popular.

Thanks for the sweet encouragement my friend.

Hugs and Love,

Mekenzie


Kathryn Stratford profile image

Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I love this! I make smoothies all of the time, many times with the protein powder. On workdays I don't have time to sit and eat breakfast, so these are perfect. I am going to bookmark this, because I like ideas for new smoothie recipes!

Voted up and sharing.

If you don't mind, I would like to add a link of this to one of my diet hubs.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day!

~ Kathryn


vocalcoach profile image

vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I had to come back and read this marvelous, enjoyable hub again. I've made all your recipes and oh my gosh - so delicious!

Wanna buy the protein powder you use and went to the link but after a search couldn't find the powder. Any suggestions?

You're the greatest and I hope you come up with more healthy and nutritious hubs like this.

Love you ~ Audrey


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi vibe, I know you will have fun with these recipes .... tried and true and delicious too. Thanks for stopping by, nice to meet you!


vibesites profile image

vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Bookmarked this one. I've never tried a smoothie with spinach, so this will be exciting for me. Thanks for sharing! Up, useful, shared. :)


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

quildon, love the pun you funny girl! Glad I can help you break the monotony of your green drink. These recipe's are some of my very favorites.

You wrote a great Hub on Health drinks too. I'm going to add a link to it as soon as I close this comment. :)

I drink smoothies and health drinks almost every day - as a meal replacement. Variety is the spice of life.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your 'punny' comment. :)

Mekenzie


quildon profile image

quildon 3 years ago from Florida

Hey Mekenzie, this is really a delicious (pardon the pun) hub. My mouth is already watering for the blueberry and chocolate smoothies. They will help me break the monotony of my green drink.


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi prasetio, I'm so glad you love the smoothie recipes - they really are delicious! Appreciate the vote and visit.

Blessings to you!

Mekenzie


prasetio30 profile image

prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love all the recipes of weight loss smoothies. It sound delicious. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey Torri,

My goal in writing this hub was to share some tasty and healthy recipe's to help people live healthier lives.

Maintaining a healthy weight can be tricky in this fast paced world - having some recipes that are easy and fun to make helps - I love them and they give me assurance that I am getting my nutritional needs met while staying in shape.

Thanks for stopping by for a read and leaving an encouraging comment.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


torrilynn profile image

torrilynn 3 years ago

Hey Mekenzie,

weight loss smoothies are healthy and can really help

people to live and healthier lifestyle while getting in shape at the same time

thanks and Voted up


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey Coach, you are just the cutest and funniest friend. I am so happy that you like this hub on weight loss smoothies. I love these smoothies too and when I am good I drink 2 too. :)

Blessing on you this fine day dear coach.

Hugs!

Mekenzie


vocalcoach profile image

vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You've won the blue ribbon on this one Mekenzie! What a perfect blend (pardon the pun:) of healthy, delicious smoothies featured here. And the photos add just the right finishing touch.

My favorites are the blueberry and the chocolate. I only use almond milk and I love, love, love yogurt and truvia (stevia.) So, I've put this up on my frige as a guide until I memorize the steps.

I will have 1 everyday (and when I'm extra good - maybe even 2.)

Voted this up, useful, amazing, interesting and will pin, tweet and share all over the place. You'are such a sweet friend to write this hub just for me:):)


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I totally enjoyed sharing these smoothie recipe's. I drink at least one a day and have everybody else doing it too. :) Thanks for leaving your encouragement katyzzz,

Mekenzie


katyzzz profile image

katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You've certainly put a lot of time and effort into this hub and your suggestions are sensational, they all look as if they would taste just SO good, Mekenzie


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Redberry Sky, Welcome to my hub. Your hub name is so cute, it makes me smile. I love smoothies too and the protein drink is the BEST! Let me know how you like it.

Thanks for visiting and for the sweet comment.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


Redberry Sky profile image

Redberry Sky 4 years ago

I love smoothies, and I've often made myself a fresh fruit smoothie instead of eating something 'proper' - I never thought of adding a spoonful of protein powder, but it's a fantastic idea - I'll be buying a tub to use in my midmorning smoothie! Cheers and voted up :)


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Welcome back lovedoctor, I have a Jack Lalane juicer and I also know about the juicer by Montel ... it's a good one too!

For those who do not have juicers, a simple $15 - $20 single serving blender will whiz your fruit and veggie into a very digestible source of antioxidants and vitamins. It's a lot easier to clean up too.

Enjoy your smoothie doc and thanks for visiting me again. :)

Mekenzie


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Thank you Mekenzie for the tips. I'm writing this down as we speak. Ice and pineapples... Green smoothies have excellent anti-oxidant properties. I don't know if you've ever watched the Montel Williams show, but he has an infomercial where he is trying to promote a $200.00 blender while at the same time demonstrating how effective they are for your health. Some of these children and adults are obese and they end up losing weight and inches in two months. It's amazing! Well, that's not my case. Lol, but it's a great way to stay in shape, look and feel your best.


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

lovedoctor, thanks for the visit and comment. I hope you enjoy your green smoothie. Make sure it has lots of ice and at least 3/4 cup pineapple ... you may want to put 1 cup. Oh Boy, now I need to go back and correct the pineapple.

Blessings and thanks for the vote up and awesome!

Mekenzie


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Peggy, they really are delicious and nutritious. The meal replacements are delightful too and they work for me satisfying my sweet tooth.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments here.

Blessings,

Mekenzie


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

These are all very delicious smoothies. I think I'm going to give the Green smoothie a try! voted up awesome!


Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow...you gave so many good ideas in this hub for smoothies. They all sound good and worth trying. Voted up and useful. Thanks!


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Christy, I like the banana in it too but for those chocolate purists, a banana just wouldn't do. For those chocolate lovers I would suggest a chocolate yogurt to make a thicker consistency.

I absolutely LOVE smoothies. It was fun to write this hub and share my discoveries.

Thanks for stopping by for a read and a comment.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


ChristyWrites profile image

ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I think I would add the banana to the chocolate smoothie. Nice!


josh3418 profile image

josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

You are welcome, you have a great weekend also!


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Why thank you Josh! Just wait until you taste it, it's even better than it looks!

Thanks for the nice comments, vote up and share. Have a GREAT weekend.

Mekenzie


josh3418 profile image

josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

These look so good Mekenzie! I love the photos and the layout of this hub! Excellent job, voted up and shared with followers!


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi teaches, yes smoothies are so good for us and they are delicious too. I'm glad you are willing to try the spinach pineapple smoothie - it's a great way to get dark greens (packed with antioxidants) into your diet. You will be amazed at how refreshing it is. I do not taste the spinach at all ... really.

Thanks for stopping in for a read friend. Enjoy your smoothie.

Blessings,

Mekenzie


teaches12345 profile image

teaches12345 4 years ago

They all look so good, but the pineapple-spinach one is different. I am willing to try this as it probably is very healthy for you.


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi dear Kathy, Smoothies are so good for us. Feel free to share your recipe ideas with us or maybe you want to write your own hub and I'll link it to you. :)

Blessings and Prayers!

Mekenzie


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Rolly, break out that blender buddy. I'm loving the smoothies, slushies and shakes. Enjoy my friend!

Hugs from Michigan

Mekenzie


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

billybuc, I love smoothies too and I am happy to know you love this hub. Thanks for the visit!

Blessings,

Mekenzie


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

michiganman, I agree that it is a way healthier alternative to ice cream If you make them 'just right' they taste just like a milkshake. I love them! Thanks for the visit and comment.

Blessings,

Mekenzie


Mekenzie profile image

Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Whoa, I think I sparked a Smoothie rumble amongst the hubbers. :0) Winsome, I have missed you - I had a green smoothie today and it is delicious and a great way to get your greens.


Winsome profile image

Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi Mekenzie, these all sound delicious. I have used all the ingredients except spinach at one time or another and always have a container of frozen bananas handy.

I must admit chocolate has been the other ingredient always handy as well.

Nice to "see" you again. =: )


michiganman567 profile image

michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for sharing. I make them with a lot of fresh fruits and protein powder. It is a nice little treat and a healthy alternative to other ice cream type desserts.


billybuc profile image

billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love smoothies and I love this hub!


Rolly A Chabot profile image

Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Susan... Great hub and time to break out the blender again and see what I have in the fridge. Wonderful recipes here and will be trying them... maybe even right away...

Hugs from Canada


thestagesofme@yahoo.com 4 years ago

Well another awesome Hub ~ I love love smoothies and now I have some new recipe ideas. Yummy in my tummy ~ hugs and peace

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working