The combination of pineapple and cucumber in this recipe makes it an effective smoothie for weight loss. Cucumbers are mostly made of water and it contains almost zero calories. It is a low-density food that makes you feel full longer and reduces hunger which aids weight loss.
The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in pineapples protect the cells against free radical damage. Enzyme bromelain present in pineapples helps to reduce inflammation, prevent blood clotting and inhibit tumor growth. High level of dietary fiber present in pineapple supports digestion and aids weight loss by increasing satiety and preventing unhealthy snacking and overeating. Pantothenic acid present in pineapples boost fat metabolism and increase energy production which aids weight loss.
Cucumbers are a cooling and hydrating foods made up of 95% water which also helps to keep you satiated and subsidies hunger. The anti-inflammatory flavonol present in cucumber supports brain health. A particular type of polyphenol known as lignans present in cucumber lowers the risk of certain types of cancer, such as – breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, etc. Water and fiber – the two basic elements found in cucumber supports digestive health and helps to relieve acid reflux, bloating and constipation.
Spinach is a low-calorie leafy green that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that help to lose weight, boost muscle gain and maintain optimum health. Spinach is a potent source of vitamins A, K, B-complex vitamins, C and E and minerals iron, folate, magnesium, iodine, phosphorus, zinc, copper, etc. along with dietary fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Spinach is extremely low in calories – 100g of spinach has just 23 calories and 2.2 g of dietary fiber which helps to keep you satiated and promotes weight loss. Spinach contains high levels of insoluble fiber that supports digestive function and prevents constipation. Soluble fiber present in spinach prevents the body from absorbing the fat and cholesterol present in food. Soluble fiber also helps to flush out toxins from the body and regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Coconut milk used in this smoothie acts as a thinning agent and is a nutritious and healthy substitute for whole milk. Coconut milk contains high levels of healthy saturated fatty acids such as lauric acid that helps to improve cholesterol level and heart health.
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) fatty acids found in coconut milk boost energy expenditure and help to improve physical performance which in turn supports the formation of stronger muscles and promotes fat loss. The healthy fats and electrolytes in coconut milk nourish the digestive tract and improve digestion.
Despite being a high-calorie fruit, bananas are extremely beneficial for weight loss because they are loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber reaches the intestine and slows down the digestive process which increases the feeling of fullness and reduces hunger and overeating.
Protein and resistant starch present in bananas also aid digestion and cures constipation. High levels of potassium present in bananas help to reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.
Lime not only adds a nice tangy taste and citrus flavor to the smoothie but also aids weight loss by providing a wholesome amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role in improving the breakdown of fat in the body during exercise.
Here is the recipe…
Pineapple chunks – 1 cup
Cucumber – 1
Banana – ½ piece
Spinach (chopped) – 1 cup
Lime – 1
Coconut Milk – ¼ cup
Water – 1/4 cup (Optional)
Peel and cut the cucumber and banana into slices.Toss spinach, pineapple, and cucumber into the blender.Then add banana slices, fresh lime juice, and coconut milk into the blender.Blend it on high speed until smooth and pour it into your serving glass.Drink this green smoothie immediately after blending to get rid of excess calories and thereby to reduce the weight.
This is a 100% vegan and a gluten-free smoothie that do not contain cow’s milk or yogurt thus making it suitable for people with gluten and lactose intolerance. This smoothie is also suitable for diabetics because it does not contain any added sweetener.
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