The 21 Best-Ever Weight Loss Smoothies To Melt Fat Fast

Healthy smoothies for weight loss are made with the right blend of weight loss foods that are scientifically proven to decrease body fat. Some of the common ingredients we include in these smoothies for weight loss are:

  • protein powder for weight loss: these powders are low in sugar or other sweeteners, low in calories, and rich in high-quality protein that, in combination with strength exercises, will help build metabolism-boosting muscle mass
  • healthy fats: healthy fats like nut butters, avocado, and MCT oil will help to slow digestion to keep you fuller longer to prevent overeating
  • fiber: consuming fiber-rich ingredients like chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, leafy greens, and oats can help prevent spikes in blood sugar that can lead to the storage of carbs as fat
  • low sugar: fruit is the base of all smoothies, and because fruit naturally contains sugar, there’s no need to add extra sweeteners like honey, orange juice, or frozen yogurt that only serve to add empty calories

1. Apple Pi Smoothie

apple spice smoothie
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Pink Lady apples are among the most nutrient-rich varieties, according to a study at the University of Western Australia. This smoothie combines the apple with vanilla and cinnamon flavors to give you a uniquely autumnal fruit drink.

  • ¼ frozen banana
  • ½ Pink Lady apple with peel, seeded and quartered
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
  • 3.14 dashes of ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional but recommended)

NUTRITION: 273 calories / 7.4 g fat / 27 g carbs / 5.5 g fiber / 15 g sugar / 26 g protein

2. ‘Peach Out’ Peach Oat Cobbler

Peach banana oat smoothie

Like a light, summery bowl of oats—this is comfort food in a glass. Unless it’s August and the peaches in your neck of the woods are perfect, opt for frozen peaches instead. The vanilla in the protein powder will combine with the peaches for a bright, warm, and hearty drink.

  • ½ peach
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 277 calories / 4 g fat / 33 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

3. Ginger Man

Ginger man smoothie

Ginger packs high levels of health-boosting phytonutrients. But use fresh ginger: Chances are you bought that powdered ginger in your cabinet three years ago when you made a pumpkin pie, and it’s been losing potency ever since. To keep fresh ginger on hand, break it into small chunks and freeze it, then allow to defrost before grating.

  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • Dash of ground pepper
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 264 calories / 5 g fat / 26 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 11 g sugar / 29 g protein

4. Strawberry Pistachio Cream

Strawberry pistachio smoothie

Those Hulk-colored nuts have their own special fat-burning powers. In a recent study, two groups followed nearly identical diet and exercise regimens; however, one of the groups was fed unsalted pistachios, while the other group was not. Surprisingly enough, the pistachio group members lost more belly chub and showed better improvements in their blood glucose and cholesterol levels than the control group participants.

  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ½ avocado, peeled, pitted and quartered
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (necessary)

NUTRITION: 266 calories / 9 g fat / 18 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 8 g sugar / 30 g protein

5. Banana Split

Banana smoothie

Valentine’s Day in a glass. Don’t underestimate the healing powers of dark chocolate—it’s not there as a gimmick. When you combine fruit and dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), you accelerate the release of butyrate, a compound made in your large intestine that tells your fat-storage genes to chill out.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 fresh cherries, pitted
  • 2 dark chocolate squares
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Topping: 1 more cherry

NUTRITION: 280 calories / 3 g fat / 35 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 17 g sugar / 28 g protein

6. Lemon Kale Protein Detox

Lemon kale smoothie

Putting lemon in your blender is like taking out a nutrition insurance policy for your smoothie. That’s because a significant percentage of the antioxidant polyphenols in any food or drink break down before they reach your bloodstream. But researchers at Purdue University discovered that adding lemon juice to the equation helped preserve the polyphenols.

  • ½ lemon, peeled and seeded
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup kale
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 254 calories / 7 g fat / 20 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 30 g protein

7. Sprig Of Parsley

sprig of parsley

This is the world’s most overlooked superfood: Studies show that parsley is actually more dense with nutrients than kale, dandelion greens, or romaine lettuce. Combine it with superheroes like watercress and chia and you’ve got a mighty fat-fighting drink.

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (include the stems)
  • ½ cup watercress
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 214 calories / 2 g fat / 22 g carbs / 4 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 28.5 g protein

8. Romaine Around

Romaine smoothie

We think of romaine lettuce as the crispy stuff at the bottom of a Caesar salad, but it’s one of the 10 most nutritious vegetables around, and higher in fiber than almost any other form of lettuce. And because it’s mostly water, it makes this smoothie a real thirst-quencher.

  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ apple with peel, seeded and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 280 calories / 5.8 g fat / 27 g carbs / 10 g fiber / 12 g sugar / 201 g protein

9. Hemp Cat

Hemp chia smoothie

Combining hemp and chia seeds gives you a superdose of omega-3 fatty acids. And hemp seeds, by weight, provide more protein than even beef or fish.

  • ¾ cup baby kale
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 270 calories / 6 g fat / 26 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 29 g protein

10. Tea For One

Green tea smoothie

I can’t recommend green tea enough as a smoothie enhancer. In fact, people who drink green tea regularly have nearly 20 percent less body fat than those who don’t, according to one 10-year Taiwanese study. And EGCG, the unique ingredient in green tea, can deactivate the genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity.

  • 1 cup green tea
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅛ avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 245 calories / 6 g fat / 23 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 11 g sugar / 26 g protein

11. Dark Chocolate Banana Nut

Dark chocolate banana nut
Eat This, Not That!

If you want your weight loss smoothies to taste like dessert, this recipe should be your go-to. Four words that combine to sound like a jam session at Ben & Jerry’s house. The density of the banana will have you convinced you’re drinking a milkshake, while the omega-3s in the walnuts will keep your mind sharp and your belly lean.

  • ½ banana
  • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate morsels (dairy-free)
  • ⅛ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • ⅓ cup chocolate plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 229 calories / 11 g fat / 26 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 28 g protein”

12. Chocolate Decadence

Chocolate decadence smoothie

Confession: This recipe is adapted from one of our favorites from Zero Belly Cookbook. We loved it so much we had to include it here as well. For 150-plus recipes that melt belly fat first—featuring foods you love—check out the cookbook today.

  • ½ banana
  • ¼ ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and quartered
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup chocolate plant-based protein powder
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 300 calories / 9 g fat / 34 g carb / 11 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 25 g protein

13. Chocolate Bean

chocolate smoothie

Beans? In a smoothie? Use canned or precooked beans for a thick, earthy protein and fiber punch. One study found that people who ate ¾ cup of beans daily weighed 6.6 pounds less, on average, than those who didn’t, even though the bean eaters took in more calories.

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ⅓ cup plant-based chocolate protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 280 calories / 3 g fat / 31 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 31 g protein”

14. Peachy Keen

Peach smoothie

As fruits go, bananas and peaches are polar opposites: bananas provide fiber and a rich consistency, while peaches add antioxidants for very few calories.

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 287 calories / 3 g fat / 36 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 22 g sugar / 29 g protein

15. Ab of Steel

Peanut butter banana smoothie

One of my favorite almond butters is Justin’s. It’s made with dry-roasted almonds and a bit of sustainably-sourced palm fruit oil, which lends the spread its creamy texture. (They also make all-natural peanut butter cups that will make you question everything you thought you knew about the PB-chocolate combo.)

  • ¾ frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons almond butter
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla plant-based protein powder

NUTRITION: 340 calorie/ 15 g fat / 36 g carbs / 10 g fiber / 13 g sugar / 20 g protein

16. Tabasco Cherry

tobasco cherry

This one has a kick to it, softened by the cherry aftertaste.

  • ½ cup cherries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ lime
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plant-based plain protein powder
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 232 calories / 2 g fat / 28 g carbs / 3.5 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 26 g protein

17. Potato? Sweet!

Pumpkin sweet potato smoothie

Bananas and sweet potatoes both add starch, but that’s why the cinnamon is in there. Adding cinnamon to a starchy meal helps stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes, according to a series of studies printed in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

  • ½ cooked sweet potato, cooled, with skin off
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder

NUTRITION: 280 calories / 5 g fat / 34 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

18. Mr. Bean

Strawberry banana smoothie

You won’t even taste the secret ingredient here.

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup kidney beans
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ scoop plant-based plain protein powder

NUTRITION: 340 calories / 4.5 g fat / 53 g carbs / 11 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 24 g protein

19. Fall Harvest

Orange sweet potato fall smoothie

The nutty, roasted flavor of green tea steps in brilliantly here as a base for a delicious smoothie that will have you reminiscing about the Thanksgivings of your childhood.

  • ½ cooked sweet potato, cooled, with skin off
  • ½ banana
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 6 medium-sized basil leaves
  • ¼ cup green tea
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder

NUTRITION: 283 calories / 5 g fat / 35 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

20. Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice smoothie

Unlike the pumpkin spice lattes you love, this drink has actual pumpkin in it. One-third cup of pumpkin provides protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and 16% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C — a nutrient researchers say is directly related to the body’s ability to burn through fat. In fact, one study by researchers from Arizona State University showed deficiencies of vitamin C were strongly correlated with increased body fat and waist measurements.

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop plant-based plain protein powder

NUTRITION: 292 calories / 5 g fat / 33 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 29 g protein

21. Wake-Up Call

Berry smoothie

by Kristin Reisinger, MS, RD, CSSD and founder and owner of IronPlate Studios

“Combining a low-calorie, non-dairy smoothie first thing in the morning with a roughly even portion of high-quality protein and good carbs is a great start to anyone looking to lose weight and be healthy. Starting the day off with a smoothie such as this will pull your body out of it’s overnight fasting state, and the “carbohydrates from healthy, mixed berries combined with high-quality protein will give you the quick energy and protein uptake your body needs first thing in the morning without being ‘too much.”

  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • Handful of spinach
  • 8 oz unsweetened Silk almond milk
  • 1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder (Reisinger uses VegaOne Vanilla Performance Protein)

NUTRITION: 230 calories / 2.5 g fat / 20 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 7 g sugar / 26 g protein