A perfect smoothie will not magically make you lose weight. In fact, no one thing is going to do that—at least not in a healthy or sustainable way. If you want to lose weight (and not everyone does), you have to also address a range of other factors that play important roles: sleep, stress, hormones and and other medical issues, to name a few biggies.
7. Pumpkin Powerhouse
“In the fall, I love incorporating pumpkin into as many of my meals as possible,” says Rebecca Lewis, R.D., in-house nutritionist for meal-kit delivery service HelloFresh. “What gives pumpkins their gorgeous orange color is the antioxidant beta-carotene. This nutrient is helpful in slowing down aging in the body.”
Did we mention pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin C? With only 49 calories, a cup of cooked pumpkin boasts 3 grams of fiber—great for filling you up without weighing you down.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana (adds creaminess and sweetness without added sugar)
- handful of ice cubes
- dash of pumpkin pie spice (swap for cinnamon if you don’t have this)
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy.