This Is the 400-Calorie Smoothie I Have Every Day That Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds

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Yes, you read that right: a 400-calorie smoothie actually helped me lose weight. If you’ve ever looked up weight-loss smoothie recipes, they were probably all in the 250-300 calorie range. And hey, maybe that works for some people. But if I don’t have a sizable breakfast, I’ll be starving by mid-morning and absolutely famished by the time lunchtime rolls around.

I also hit the gym most mornings, so by the time I come back and shower, I need to refuel with something that will replenish my muscles – ideally a mix of protein and carbs – and keep me satiated all morning long. I need to eat something that will also give me enough energy to power through my workday. After some tinkering with ingredients and protein powders, I found the right concoction that works for me. I have some variation of the same smoothie every morning.

400 Calorie Weight-Loss Smoothie Recipe

Vegan protein powder
Unsweetened almond milk
Baby spinach
MCT oil – MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, which is a type of fat that is metabolized by the body more quickly than other fats (you can learn more about it here)
One-fourth or one-half of a banana
Frozen cauliflower

There’s enough of a balance of macros to keep me satisfied, and I rarely need a mid-morning snack.


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I learned the frozen cauliflower trick from Juice Press in New York City, which offers frozen cauliflower in place of a full banana in its shops. You can’t taste the cauliflower in the smoothie and it helps keep it cold and thick. I always have at least a cup of baby spinach in my smoothies (another healthy ingredient you can’t taste) and, depending on how hard my workout was that morning, throw in either half or one-fourth of a banana.

But the trick in making this smoothie extra delicious is the protein powder I use. I’m obsessed with Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake ($40 on Amazon). I use either the vanilla or chocolate flavors. Each serving has an impressive 20 grams of plant-based protein. I also add Perfect Keto Pure MCT Oil ($35 on Amazon). As for the almond milk I use, I prefer the 365 Everyday Value Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk ($3 on Amazon Fresh) and I always grab the 365 Everyday Value Frozen Organic Cauliflower ($2 on Amazon Fresh), although I usually buy both from Whole Foods.

I’ve been using the Noom weight-loss app over the last few months and have lost about 15 pounds. Noom has an incredible food database in its food log and all my ingredients are available. So I plug in my ingredients every morning and register my 400-calorie breakfast. This is what the calorie breakdown looks like below.

Most importantly, this smoothie is delicious; I don’t think it’s something I would continue to drink if I had to choke it down every morning. If you’re looking for a filling breakfast that’s not only a good post-workout smoothie but also satiating and protein-packed, you’ve got to try this recipe.

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