Meal Replacement Smoothies for Weight Loss
When it comes to my morning routine, there’s always one step that makes it easy to get out of bed and get excited for the day ahead: a delicious weight loss smoothie for breakfast!
l love starting my day with a filling meal replacement smoothie including an added scoop of Paleo Protein for sustained energy to get me through my busy morning. It’s quick and easy, and the possibilities are endless with the variety of flavors and ingredients!
What’s more, there have been numerous studies that suggest a meal replacement smoothie can support a healthy weight loss!1 What’s better than replacing a meal with a delicious smoothie while promoting healthy weight loss?
Paleo Protein helps support optimal muscle mass and promotes healthy weight loss. Rich in tissue-building peptides, Paleo Protein helps support healthy muscle growth and tissue repair. It’s now well known that one of the best ways to promote healthy weight loss is adequate lean muscle mass.2
Meal Replacement Smoothies Are Convenient
Rushed mornings, stacked afternoon meetings, a weekend full of running errands… Sometimes, there just isn’t time to prepare a healthy meal. You may even be tempted to swing through a fast food drive-thru just to calm the rumbling in your stomach. Just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your diet.
Next time you’re in a pinch for time, or not wanting to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a healthy meal, try this gut-repairing black forest smoothie as a meal replacement smoothie to help promote healthy weight loss!
There’s nothing easier to make than weight loss smoothies. Just toss your favorite ingredients into a blender and press on! How much easier can it get? As if that wasn’t convenient enough, you can save more time in the morning by preparing the ingredients for your weight loss smoothie and putting them in a glass container to keep in the freezer. You can even prep a whole week’s worth of smoothies at once on a day that you have extra time.
Doing this will save you precious minutes in the morning as you’re rushing to get yourself or the kids ready for the day ahead. All you have to do is add your ingredients to the blender with whatever supplements and liquids you’d wish to include, blend, and enjoy your delicious meal replacement smoothie at home or on-the-go!
Benefits of Protein
For weight loss smoothies to be a true meal replacement, it should include some protein.
Not only does this ensure that your body is getting the fuel it needs from essential amino acids to stay functional, there’s also mounting evidence that increasing your protein intake can support healthy weight loss.
Several tightly controlled studies discovered greater weight loss, fat mass loss, and preservation of lean mass after higher-protein energy-restriction diets than lower-protein energy-restriction diets.3
So why does consuming protein promote fat loss? It all has to do with satiety, or the feeling of being full after eating. A higher protein intake generally increases satiety more than carbohydrates or fat. Some studies also found that it supports sustainable energy throughout the day, meaning you won’t feel as tired after your body burns all of its carbohydrates.4
Besides the weight loss benefits, protein offers an abundance of other health advantages, including:5
- Reduces appetite
- It’s good for your bones
- Reduces cravings and desire for late-night snacking
- Boosts metabolism and supports fat burning
- Supports a healthy blood pressure
- Supports healthy recovery after an injury
- Promotes healthy muscles as you age
Try adding unflavored Paleo Protein sourced from non-GMO, hormone and antibiotic free, grass-fed beef to this sunshine smoothie recipe to reap the benefits of protein and support healthy weight loss. It’s a delicious morning treat to leave you feeling full and the Paleo Protein is rich in high quality protein with a whopping 26 grams of protein!
Heal Your Leaky Gut With a Weight Loss Smoothie
Smoothies offer more health advantages than serving as a meal replacement or promoting healthy weight loss. Since you can add pretty much anything to a smoothie, every smoothie you make is an opportunity to include an abundance of nutrient dense foods and effective supplements that can promote optimal overall health and wellness.
The first step to achieving optimal health is by healing your gut. Your gut is the gateway to your health. It’s a major part of your digestive system and it’s also a key player in your immune and nervous systems. When your gut health is compromised, your entire body can be affected. Your immune system suffers, and you increase your risk of developing chronic inflammation throughout the body, leading to autoimmune diseases, and other chronic health issues.
When you have a leaky gut, the small openings in the gut lining that allow certain micronutrients to pass into your bloodstream have become enlarged. This allows microbes, toxins, and undigested food particles to escape the gut lining and wreak havoc all over your body. Leaky gut can compromise your overall health by increasing your risk of inflammation. In fact, leaky gut is often the root cause of a whole host of issues, from skin problems to joint pain to brain fog.6
The food you eat has a direct impact on the permeability of your gut lining, and therefore on your overall health. When preparing a meal replacement smoothie, why not make it work harder for you by adding Leaky Gut Revive®. It offers an excellent source of L-Glutamine to support optimal gut barrier function and supports thyroid and immune system function.7
Leaky Gut Revive® is a great addition to a smoothie made with Paleo Protein. It can provide you a one-two punch of support for optimal health in a ready-to-go meal.
If you’re looking for a great smoothie recipe to support gut health, this gut-repairing tropical smoothie will make you feel as if you’re on an island getaway, while giving your gut some much-needed love! If I’m using this as a meal replacement smoothie, I simply add a scoop of Paleo Protein to the recipe for an extra-filling and thick smoothie that’s bursting with fruity flavor.
Weight Loss Smoothies Are Keto Friendly
The best thing about meal replacement smoothies just might be how customizable they are. There are endless combinations of flavors, nutrients, and even textures that you can create with just a blender and some imagination. They can even be keto friendly.
The keto diet requires you to lower your intake of carbohydrates and replacing them with fat. Since fruit, yogurt, honey and milk don’t fit into a keto smoothie, it can make it a little tricky to create a delicious weight loss smoothie.
Fortunately, there are several recipes out there for keto smoothies with low-carb and fatty ingredients on the keto diet.
I love the AIP & keto chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie when I’m craving something sweet and indulgent. Adding a scoop of The Myers Way® Double Chocolate Paleo Protein makes it extra chocolatey and a great sweet treat with minimal carbs.
Slipping in high-fat ingredients such as coconut milk, MCT oil, and avocado results in a smoothie that won’t throw you out of ketosis and is extra creamy and delicious.
The Options Are Endless
One of the best benefits about meal replacement smoothies is that you can fill your blender to the brim with nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, even ones you dislike! When mixed together with protein powder, the tastes can be almost indetectable. Making a meal replacement smoothie with added vegetables is a great way to ensure that you’re not missing out on the essential nutrients they provide. Pretty much anything can go into a meal replacement smoothie.
If you enjoy the taste of cookies n’ cream ice cream or Oreo milkshakes, you’re going to love The Myers Way® Cookies & Cream Paleo Protein! If you’re looking for a celebration, The Myers Way® Birthday Cake Paleo Protein is a grass-fed, premium protein without all guilt of eating a piece of cake. It tastes just like yummy birthday cake! Now you can celebrate with an AIP, Paleo, and keto friendly treat that’s hands down more decadent than any other protein available.
What to Avoid in Your Weight Loss Smoothie
While the options for a weight loss smoothie are endless, there are some ingredients that should never make their way into your glass.
Many top-selling protein powders and drinks contain dangerous amounts of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead. They also contain toxins such as bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastic containers and food can liners. On average, plant-based protein powder contains twice as much lead than Paleo protein powders. It also contains measurably higher amounts of other contaminants.
I formulated my Paleo Protein powders from non-GMO, hormone- and antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef. It is completely free of inflammatory ingredients including gluten, dairy, and nuts, and it’s third-party tested for heavy metals. My Paleo Protein is perfect for everyone, especially those following an autoimmune, high-protein or Paleo diet.
This leaves more room in your smoothie for tasty, quality ingredients! This delicious, quality protein powder even comes in a variety of flavors to suit your mood.
No matter how you mix up the ingredients , replacing one meal with a weight loss smoothie is a great way to save time and promote a healthy weight loss. Whether your health goals involve weight loss, gut health, or anything else, there are tons of meal replacement smoothie combinations. Even ones that go well with Paleo Protein to help you achieve optimal health.
If you’re looking for more inspiration for delicious weight loss smoothies, try these recipes.
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- How Protien Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally. Kris Gunnars. Healthline. 2017.
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- Proten, Weight Management, and Satiety. The American Journal of Clinical Nutriton. 2008.
- 10 Science-Backed Reasons to Eat More Protein. Kris Gunners. Healthline. 2019.
- Possible Links Between Intestinal Permeability and Food Processing: A Potential Therapeutic Niche for Glutamine. PubMed. 2010.
- The Roles of Glutamine in the Intestine and Its Implication in Intestinal Diseases. U.S. National Library of Medicine. 2017.
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