Although weight loss and health are often associated with each other, fad dieting and many other practices that encourage rapid weight loss are actually harmful.
Weight loss smoothies and shakes, for example, traditionally contain ingredients intended to suppress appetite and trick you into feeling full; we think there’s a better way to both enjoy these tasty treats and nourish your body.
At Pure On Main, we strive to help our clients achieve their personal goals without compromising health. Our mission is to help improve body function, but if you shed a few extra pounds and feel more confident as a result, we’ll celebrate that victory with you!
Without further ado, here are our top eight ingredients for delicious weight loss smoothies and shakes that are effective and good for you too.
Skinny Gut by Renew Life is a mixable powder that comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors. It’s by far our most recommended product for weight loss smoothies and shakes because of its unique blend of food sourced ingredients: fiber, antioxidants, and enzymes that promote gut health.
Skinny Gut contains a daily serving of proteins, vitamins, and minerals that help restore your body and build new muscle mass when paired with exercise. It encourages healthy digestion, cuts back on bloating, and it’s free of any gluten, dairy, added sugar, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.
Convenience is also a major factor in making Skinny Gut one of our personal favorite ingredients for weight loss smoothies and shakes. It’s available in single serving packets you can take on the go, but you can also order a 7-pack or a 10 serving canister. Essentially, you can test it out without committing to a huge container, but when you decide you love this stuff, a larger volume option is ready and waiting to become part of your everyday routine.
If you have issues with keeping your sugars balanced, or if you’re just looking to make smoothies and shakes more nutritionally rich, we encourage you to also try adding Vitamineral Green by Healthforce!
This product may be better suited for smoothies than shakes, but you could try adding it to both. Consider this product the best multivitamin and organic snack you could ask for all rolled into one serving of food sourced, water soluble powder. It’s got probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants, chlorophyll, fiber, phytonutrients, minerals, holy basil, vitamin C, and other amazing ingredients.
However, Vitamineral Green doesn’t have any binders, fillers, or added sweetener. Adding a serving of this stuff to your smoothie or shake will boost your energy, help your body perform at its best, and improve digestion, all things necessary to facilitate effective exercise and weight loss.
Another powerful ingredient you might want to add to weight loss smoothies and shakes is Amino Sculpt Collagen by Health Direct.
According to Consumer Health report “2020 Collagen Supplements Guide: Benefits, Uses, And Side Effects,”Collagen is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles.” The article goes on to list how collagen improves skin health, boosts immune system performance, relieves joint pain, prevents bone density loss, promotes heart health, grows hair and nails, promotes gut health, and improves brain function.
There’s no doubt that including collagen in your daily diet is an easy way to promote overall health, but you should always be careful to buy quality supplements that are proven to work. Amino Sculpt Collagen is a medical-grade anti-aging collagen peptide. It is sugar-free and the only Type 1 Collagen backed by over 35 years of medical use and clinical research!
It’s also the first liquid collagen with no sodium benzoate. This makes Amino Sculpt easy to mix into smoothies and shakes, and we love that it comes in three fruity flavors: mango, cherry, and strawberry. Plus, if you want an alternative option, a box of peptide shots is also available.
Stress eating can definitely lead to unwanted, unhealthy weight gain, so adding magnesium to your weight loss smoothies and shakes could also be hugely beneficial in helping meet your appearance and performance goals.
Magnesium reduces stress, anxiety, and restlessness; that’s why we recommend Ionic Fizz Magnesium Plus by Pure Essence. It’s another powdered product that’s safe for kids and adults. It guards against cramping which is great in terms of aiding with regular exercise, and it allows you to get a good night’s sleep after hitting the gym.
The National Institute of Health stresses the value of the mineral, stating,
Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA. The amount of magnesium you need depends on your age and sex [, but ] . . .the diets of many people in the United States provide less than the recommended amounts of magnesium. Men older than 70 and teenage girls and boys are most likely to have low intakes of magnesium.
We’ve chosen Ionic Fizz Magnesium Plus because of its special absorption properties and conveniently enjoyable taste. Mixing this raspberry lemonade flavored powder is an easy and effective way to help your body get the minerals it needs, not just magnesium either. This product is a supplement system containing boron, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, silica, vitamin B12, vitamin K2, vitamin C, and more!
Plus, if you don’t have time to make a weightloss smoothie or shake, you can throw a scoop of this powder into water as a healthier replacement for popular sports drinks.
In addition to stress, low energy may be a factor keeping you from achieving your wellness goals, so we want to point you in the direction of MacaForce Lucuma Spice by Health Force. It’s another amazing ingredient you could blend into weight loss smoothies and shakes.
Sourced directly from farmers in Peru and verified TruGanic, this energy boosting powdered supplement blend is free of chemicals, GMOs, and radiation. It’s a powerful version of the adaptogenic maca root, historically associated with fertility and hormone regulation, combined with carefully sourced enzymes, probiotics, herbs, and energetics.
Unfortunately many bars and other items marketed as weight loss miracle workers will leave your body starved for energy. You’ll feel tempted to overeat, but having a smoothie or shake packed with Macaforce Lucuma Spice and other nutrient dense foods will help you get things done during the day without crashing midway through it.
NOW produces our favorite Chia Seeds. These little gems have exploded in popularity within the health food community over the last decade. You can eat them raw, make them into pudding, or ,you guessed it, add them to weight loss smoothies and shakes. The texture may be a little strange at first, but the benefits of consuming chia seeds regularly are well worth it!
Chia seeds expand during digestion, so they help you feel full. They’re great for boosting you metabolism, and they’re full of omega-3 fatty acids which improve cognitive function. Imagine that, you could be enjoying a smoothie, trimming your waistline, and avoiding the brain-fog typically associated with restrictive dieting!
Instead of adding a protein powder to your weight loss smoothies and shakes, consider throwing a serving of Hemp Hearts by Rocky Mountain Grain Products into the mix. They’re all-natural and packed full of protein, but in addition, hemp hearts are also a great source of fatty acids.
You do want to avoid these grains, however, if you abstain from gluten, dairy, nuts, carbohydrates, or sugar. They may also increase constipation in people already predisposed to digestive troubles. On that note, adding bananas to a shake or smoothie may also be unwise for people prone to constipation, despite their being one of the most common shake and smoothie ingredients.
One other way you could enhance your weight loss smoothies and shakes would be by dropping in a spoonful of Barlean’s Organic Coconut oil.
Its coconuts are hand selected and picked fresh, harvested in the peak season for flavor, and cold pressed to create a superior product. This oil is non-hydrogenated, non trans fat, and rich in Lauric and Caprylic Acid. It’s also certified USDA Organic, vegan, gluten free, fair trade, and non-GMO.
An article in Healthline called “Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil” explains why its an ideal ingredient to help with weight loss, saying,
Coconut oil is high in certain saturated fats. These fats have different effects in the body compared with most other dietary fats.
The fatty acids in coconut oil can encourage your body to burn fat, and they provide quick energy to your body and brain. They also raise HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood, which may help reduce heart disease risk.
Not to mention, coconut oil is good to have around as it is useful for multiple purposes. You can use it as a moisturizer, makeup remover, hair treatment, and cooking oil.
In addition to these eight fantastic ingredients for weight loss shakes and smoothies, you should also load up on your favorite fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, beans, nut butters, and other goodies.
Just be sure that whatever you are consuming on your journey towards a slimmer shape is good for your body. If you feel lousy as a result of poor nutrition, you’re likely to give up on your goals, and we want to see you succeed! For more information on any of these products call (864) 991-2726, or stop by and see us at:
233 N. Main St. #105
Greenville, SC 29601
(These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.)