Easy Weight Loss Smoothie with zucchini, kale, gluten-free buckwheat, green grapes for sweet and fiber and baobab for sky-high vitamin C, known to be a huge fat buster!
The Perfect Green Smoothie:
Easy Weight Loss Smoothie. Zucchini Kale Buckwheat Baobab.
So let’s address the weight-loss aspect of this smoothie right away.
Smoothies that are effect in a weight-loss regime are packed with ingredients that will boost energy, and keep you full and boost your metabolism.
This smoothie does all that and more, with protein from the buckwheat, soluble fiber from the veggies and fruit fueling energy and staving off cravings.
But the huge push is from the sky high amounts of vitamin C from Baobab.
A study by Arizona State scientists showed that people consuming high amounts of vitamin C burn fat 25% faster. So workouts are more effective people!
Also, did you notice I did not use a banana, the most common thickening ingredient in smoothies? Bananas are nutritious, no doubt. Full of fiber and potassium, but I don’t love them, haha. And my daughter can’t eat them, so I have an arsenal of banana-free smoothies.
In fact, most of my smoothies on this blog will offer alternative thickeners, including zucchini, chia seeds, avocado, cauliflower (riced and steamed), cucumber (English, peeled) and more.
I especially enjoy using zucchini because it doesn’t add sugar, just fiber and no flavor. I use it raw, peeled or not, depending on the color I am after, haha.
In this recipe, I peeled it just so I wouldn’t have specs in my smoothie. One note, please don’t forget to use organic zucchinis since they are on the “dirty” list created by the EWG.
Download my free clean/dirty lists here and save to your phone. Refer to them while shopping so you know when should spend the extra bucks to buy organic and when it’s not necessary because the produce is “clean”.
And lastly, buckwheat groats (which is actually a fruit) contributes to weight-loss effects because they are high in soluble fiber which suppress appetites. You soak them overnight in water and a tsp of ACV to aid in digestion, then rinse and blend into your morning smoothie.
I hope you enjoy this creamy route to weight control!
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Easy Weight Loss Smoothie - Zucchini Kale Buckwheat Baobab
The perfect green smoothie for healthy weight control, with zucchini, kale, buckwheat (a fruit), and an immunity booster superpowder, Baobab!
- 1/2 cup baby kale
- 1/2 cup green grapes (frozen)
- 1/2 organic zucchini (I peel it, chop it and freeze it - makes an awesome thickner for smoothies, perfect alternative to bananas.)
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup buckwheat groats (rinsed, soaked overnight)
- 1 cup hemp milk (or your favorite) (Freeze in an ice cube tray and thaw 20 minutes before blending to create a slush)
- 2 tbsp Baobab powder
Soak your buckwheat groats in 3-4 times the amount of water, overnight and in the refrigerator. Be sure to add a tsp of apple cider vinegar to the water. The soaking this way will breaks down the natural phytic acid (present on many seeds and grains to protect them as they grown) and it's important to remove it before we eat it to make it easier to digest.
Buy organic zucchini or leave it out - you need organic because this veggie (and like berries) is considered high in insecticide absorption if not grown organically. You must buy it organic.
Make the smoothie, easy peasy!
Blend liquids and leaves first, add zucchini and the rest and blend until smooth. I typically chill at least an hour before drinking or make sure some ingredients are frozen. Chilling this smoothie makes it taste brighter.
Meal Prep Tip
I typically make this 3-cup smoothie, and save half for the next day - that way the ingredients are still fresh yet I am not blending every day.
Or make even more and freeze the liquids into ice cubes to blend later in the week.
Dee Dine is the recipe developer and writer behind Green Smoothie Gourmet. She shares her super healthy wholesome recipes on her blog and her Instagram that she feeds her family and friends. She gravitates toward recipes that are fast to create, plant-based, nutritious, easy, and use familiar ingredients. And chocolate is always a good idea! More about Dee.