Smoothies are a nutritional sip that can deliver key nutrients and compounds needed to cleanse your body. In particular, butyrate (a short-chain fatty acid) helps the body burn fat for fuel. Luckily, it’s easy to get your fill of butyrate and other slimming nutrients with these three healthy smoothie ingredients that melt fat as you sip!
Add celery to flush toxins.
Celery can help you stay energized even on your busiest days, thanks to its rich stores of phenolic acids. These plant compounds in celery help the liver excrete energy-sapping toxins. This amazing benefit makes it a worthy add-in to your everyday smoothie!
Add kefir to banish bloat.
The probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lactis in kefir has been shown to prompt the release of trapped fluids, and UCLA researchers say enjoying six ounces of kefir per day can help you shed four pounds of “false fat” every week.
Add hemp seeds to beat hunger.
Hemp seeds contain a slow-digesting fiber that promotes long-lasting satiety. According to USDA scientists, women who enjoy hemp seeds effortlessly consume 10 percent fewer calories the rest of the day.
The Sip That Uses All 3 Healthy Smoothie Ingredients
In a blender, combine the following ingredients:
- 1⁄2 cup of water
- 1 cup of spinach
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1/2 of a cucumber, chopped
- 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon of flavored MCT oil
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
Once the ingredients are fully blended into a thick smoothie, pour into a glass and enjoy.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.