Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Smoothie: Green Thickie’s Weight Loss Smoothie



Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Weight Loss Smoothie

Are you fed up of those extra pounds that just won’t shift?  Do you want to kick start your weight loss and rev up your metabolism?  Do you want a quick healthy breakfast that you can drink on the go, fill yourself up with and get in your fruit and veg for the day?

This weight loss smoothie recipe is the perfect meal replacement to help you on your way to a slimmer body.

I have been waiting such a long time to share this smoothie recipe for weight loss with you.  This is because I’ve been testing this recipe for ages.

Every time I started drinking this smoothie, the next day I had lost 2 pounds.   I tested this smoothie numerous times especially after a weekend indulgence and it always had the same effect.

I then went away for 3 weeks and gained 7 pounds.  Now I’m back and the very first thing I wanted to do was make another batch of my weight loss smoothie and share this recipe with you ASAP!

A Weight Loss Smoothie to Fall in Love With

Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Smoo

Another reason I kept ‘testing’ this recipe is that it tastes absolutely gorgeous.  It’s definitely one of my top favourite smoothie recipes ever.  I would be quite happy if I only had to drink this smoothie for the rest of my life.  It’s honestly that good.

This smoothie does not taste like a weight loss smoothie.

It is creamy, luxurious, with a fresh citrusy undertone and just the right balance of sweet and sour.  It’s not overly sweet, and even though I have a really sweet tooth, the taste of this smoothie suits me perfectly.

I’m sure you’re going to love it.

And if the food that is good for us happens to help us lose weight and tastes amazing, then that’s got to be a bonus?

Eat Fat Lose Fat

This is not a low fat smoothie for a very good reason.  Did you know you actually need to eat HEALTHY fats to lose weight?  If you eat a low fat diet your body actually keeps hold of more of your fat stores.  We also need healthy fats for many essential bodily functions.  And healthy fats will fill you up helping you to reduce your cravings.

Good Calories Bad CaloriesIf you want to learn what foods are actually good for you and how most diet advice we’ve been hearing for decades is actually harmful for your body, you can read Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health.  

This book explains more about how eating fat INCLUDING SATURATED FAT is actually good for you, and how low carb diets are to be avoided.

I am saddened that so many people have come to feel so much self loathing because they just can’t lose weight using the current paradigm of eat less/exercise more. This book deconstructs that belief system, leading back to what was common sense before the 1950s  Michelle Indianer 

Counting Calories

Although I don’t count calories to lose weight, I do believe it can be helpful to be aware of the calories in your food when you are trying to lose weight so you can get an idea of portion sizes and plan future meals accordingly.

I am a big believer in eating real unprocessed food, and when you fill up on these types of foods it is much easier to lose weight.  However some people can still struggle with their weight despite eating all the right foods, so it may help to look at the number of calories you need and try and eat less than your body needs.

Use this calculator to find out how many calories your body needs a day:

Now if you take 500 calories off your daily energy expenditure figure, you should lose 1 pound a week.  However not all calories are created equal so if you’re still eating processed foods you may still struggle to lose weight.  If you are eating whole unprocessed foods you may find that you lose more weight especially at the start of your diet.  If you want to lose more weight than 1 pound a week then I would suggest increasing your exercise rather than decreasing your calories.

This smoothie contains 483 calories which is a substantial filling breakfast that should keep you going all morning.

Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Weight Loss Smoothie Nutrition

Weight Loss Ingredients to Boost Your Metabolism

weight loss smoothieI have carefully selected all the ingredients in this weight loss smoothie to help you burn fat, speed up your metabolism, reduce your cravings and fill you up.  This smoothie contains the following healthy ingredients:

Avocado: Avocados are loaded with healthy Omega 9 fatty acids, speed up the conversion of fat into energy and boost the rate of metabolism.

Coconut: Coconut is rich with medium chain triglycerides which increase the liver’s rate of metabolism by up to 30 percent.

Coconut  also helps keep you full so you’re less likely to overeat unhealthy food. Coconut oil also improves the functioning of the thyroid gland.

Lemons: Lemons are excellent liver detoxifiers, and alkalize our body. They may seem acidic based on taste but in the process of being metabolized by the body, they actually alkalize our bodily fluids and tissues.

Maintaining the health of the liver is also essential so that the body can digest and burn fat, since the liver is one of the organs responsible for these functions.

Grapefruit: Many studies show that grapefruit is an excellent weight loss food. In one study at Johns Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.

I don’t usually enjoy grapefruit but it’s so subtle in this smoothie and adds a delicious tang.

For those who don’t want to add grapefruit into your smoothie, you can get all the benefits from grapefruit without the taste by adding grapefruit powder.  I actually added both grapefruit and grapefruit powder to my smoothie for extra benefits.  You can get grapefruit powder and read about some amazing health benefits here.

Some people taking certain medications can’t eat grapefruit so please check your medication and you can substitute the grapefruit for orange in this recipe.

Green Tea: Green tea is amazing for fat busting. EGCG increases the rate at which fat is burned in your body.  Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, activate fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent.

Green Tea also keeps energy stable by balancing blood sugar levels. EGCG improves insulin use in the body to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes that can result in fatigue, irritability, and cravings for unhealthy foods.

Leafy Greens: Leafy greens are very high in fiber, which can help make you feel full  for longer, as well as improving your digestion.  They are very low in calories and carbohydrates, and can be eaten in large amounts during almost any kind of diet.

Leafy greens also have a low glycemic index, which means that they hardly effect blood sugar levels and can even help lower the effects of other foods when they are eaten together. This effect allows you to avoid blood sugar crashes as well as preventing diabetes, improving the chances of sticking to your diet and losing more weight. So although the greens are optional in this smoothie, they are highly recommended.

Oats: Oats are loaded with fiber that decreases your appetite by making you feel full so you can go for long periods of time without eating while keeping your energy levels high.

The addition of oats to this smoothie makes it a complete meal replacement smoothie.  If you leave out the oats, you are more likely to get hungry and need something else to eat.

What to eat for lunch and dinner to lose weight

Replacing your breakfast is a great start to improving your health and constistently losing weight, but for many people this isn’t enough.  I know you’re probably wondering what to eat for the rest of your meals?  For that reason I have created a FREE 12 week e-course to help you lose weight and get healthy.  The e-course will get you started with green smoothies and provides you with 3 FREE diet plans you can follow to lose weight. Get the FREE e-course now.

Can’t wait that long?  I have you covered too.  Get Green Thickie’s 7 Day Diet Plan for weight loss and improved health for a full meal plan to help you lose weight.

This Creamy Citrus Fat Burner is a Weight Loss Smoothie designed to melt that fat before you know it.

Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Smoothie: Green Thickie’s Weight Loss Smoothie

Rating: 51

Preparation Time: 4 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Creamy Citrus Fat Burner Smoothie: Green Thickie’s Weight Loss Smoothie

Melt away fat, rev your metabolism and reduce your sugar cravings with this Creamy Citrus Weight Loss Smoothie.

Ingredients

WEIGHT LOSS SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
2 Cups of Cooled Green Tea (I used Green Tea with Lemon Like this)
½ Can Coconut Milk (Like this)
¼ Cup Dates (or use your own healthy sweetener to taste)
½ Avocado (Peeled and cored)
½ Grapefruit (Any type, but I used red) or 1-2 Oranges
Juice of 1 Lemon
OPTIONAL
1 Cup Oats (Like this) (or one cup of Quinoa (Like this) )
Either use cooked quinoa or soak it overnight and rinse before adding it to your smoothie.
If you don't eat grains, you could use 1 more avocado to make this a filling smoothie.
1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed (or any other mild greens)
1 teaspoon Grapefruit Powder (Like this)

Instructions

Blend the ingredients in the following order:

1. Blend the dry ingredients and liquid first for a short time

2. Blend the greens next for a short time (if using)

3. Blend the fruit and the rest of the ingredients until smooth (or as smooth as your blender will allow. High speed blenders may need 2 minutes for a Green Thickie, less powerful blenders may need a lot more, sometimes 5-10 minutes)

More tips:

Blending this way allows the dry ingredients to be blended for longest, it means the greens will fit in your blender and your fruit gets less blending so it doesn’t become too hot.

- Add more water if required to thin it out.

- Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.

- If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending. You can also replace half of the liquids with ice. Add the ice at the end. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.

How much should I drink to replace a meal?

- Only use a meal replacement if you’ve added the oats/quinoa.

- This Green Thickie serves 2 so you should DRINK HALF OF THIS RECIPE. But if you have higher calorie requirements you may need to drink more.

Suitable for Special Diets:

- Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa)

- Raw (Use raw oats/quinoa)

- Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk or tofu),

- Salt free (don't add salt)

- Nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn't include coconuts)

More information about making the perfect Green Thickie

If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie

http://www.greenthickies.com/creamy-citrus-fat-burner-weight-loss-smoothie/

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Katherine invented Green Thickies, A complete meal green smoothie that dramatically improves your health and fills you up. Katherine would love to chat about health or weight loss with you and help you improve your health. Connect with her via twitter @greenthickies, Facebook or on Google+

Comments

  1. I just made this. I put it in the fridge to get colder. I do have a bit of a cold these days so my taste buds aren’t so strong and right now i don’t taste much in the smoothie, but it does look creamy and delicious! Can’t wait till it gets cold to enjoy it. Thanks!

  2. I made this yesterday. It kept me so full! I really wasn’t hungry at all. I sipped it throughout the morning and the 2nd half I had in the afternoon. I have a cold so the flavors weren’t as strong to me. But I did enjoy it. Thanks!

  3. I’m going to try this- am I correct in assuming the oats are cooked first?

  4. Liz Freed says:

    I don’t have any coconut milk, will soy milk work and still have the weight loss effect?

  5. julie heston says:

    I take medications that do not allow grapefruit in any form, something people should be made aware of. Please indicate an appropriate replacement for the grapefruit and how much. Thank you.

  6. Hey! I saw the bella twins on total divas weeks ago, having this “go green go” diey, in which they eat/drink nothing but a green smoothie. I tried to find the recipe but I couldnt, can I drink this every day as a meal replacement, and eat nothing else? Just live on this smoothie and water? If no, then what kind of smoothie can I drink everyday as a meal replacement? And how many cups can I drink a day?

    I apologize for the load of questions.
    Thanks!

  7. Is the quinoa cooked before added to the smoothie?

  8. I do not drink coffee. Can I use de-caf green tea?

  9. Hi, Katherine, I have had my first Citrus Smoothie, and found it quite unique. I put my greens into ice cubes by steaming them slightly, then blending with a little water, and freezing in an ice cube tray. The ice cubes cool down the tea if it isn’t already cool. Thank you.
    Jackie

    • Yes it is a pretty unique taste isn’t it. For some reason I think it just works! That’s what I do to cool down my tea too – use frozen spinach! But I don’t drink my smoothies straight away anyway, I leave them overnight. Thank you for letting me know :)

  10. Creative! I am featuring our recipe on AFW this week!

  11. Yum, this smoothie looks great, and the fat burning info is super helpful!

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it :)

  12. This is great info especially as we head right into the holidays! Thank you for sharing this with us at the HomeAcre Hop. We’d love to have you join us again tomorrow.

  13. Sound great!!
    Thanks for sharing at vegetarianmamma.com’s #glutenfreefridays link up!

  14. Hi I understand you are based in the UK. just wondering why your links to products take me to American sites?? Are there not UK suppliers of these items?

    Thanks

  15. Hi! I love this smoothie. I drink up two serving in the morning, half a serving at lunch time and another half in the evening coupled with some small-small dinner. First day I though oh wow I’ll never be full just drinking this… I was wrong. Really wrong. I do change it up a bit: only half a lemon and substitute the grapefruit with oranges since it comes a bit too lemony/bitter and leaves my throat hurting. I’ve not stepped on a scale and am measuring myself with the jeans I wish to wear during X-Mas. I definitely recommend!
    Merry Holidays & Green Smoothies!

  16. How do you add the oranges or grapefruit? Just peel and throw in or leave peel on? I cant wait to start this tomorrow! My brother just shipped us fresh CA oranges off his orange trees in his backyard and we werent sure how we were going to eat them all!

  17. Hi. I’m trying to lose my baby fat. I can’t wait to try this. Wanted to know if 1. its still effective without the grapefruit powder, or 2. can it be replaced with grapefruit seed extract?

  18. Karen Carmody says:

    Hi Kathleen!
    Wanted to do the 7day challenge , but couldn’t get the ingredients till tomorrow….looking forward to giving this a try!
    I just did the daily expenditure calorie calculation (I’m 69, weigh 132.8, 5 ft tall). The result was just over 900 calories a day. Does this actually mean I’m to subtract 500 calories from the 900?
    I want to do this correctly, but that seems a really drastic reduction!
    I hope you can give me some guidance on this!
    Thank you so very much!
    A devoted fan,
    Karen carmody

  19. Hi there….I just made this, and it seemed a bit watery!
    What am I doing wrong? I think I measured it all out correctly! However, the coconut milk was half solid half liquid…maybe that’s the problem?

    Thanks :)

  20. Andy Rovins says:

    Well, I have my own problem with this recipe. I not only need to lose weight, but I have acid reflux, which means no citrus and no green tea (no caffeine). So now what?

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