Heard of the smoothie diet but not sure what all the hype is about?
Interested in giving it a go but not sure if it’s good for you? Find out all the information you need to know in our guide.
In this article, you’ll learn about
- What the smoothie diet is
- If the smoothie diet is healthy
- If smoothies are a good way to lose weight
- What the 21 day smoothie diet is
- If you can drink two smoothies a day
- Benefits of the smoothie diet
- Ways to make sure you’re doing it right
- Smoothie recipe ideas
- If the smoothie diet is suitable for everyone
What is the smoothie diet?
The smoothie diet is generally where two out of three meals a day are smoothies.
Supposedly, the smoothie diet should be done on a 21 day cycle, with one week where ‘normal’ eating may resume – aka, three meals a day that aren’t a drink.
8 benefits of the smoothie diet
So, what are some of the benefits of the smoothie diet?
From potential nutritional benefits to lifestyle enhancements, find out some of the reasons people go on the smoothie diet below.
May be high in antioxidants
Fortunately, a lot of fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which are beneficial for helping your body defend against free radicals, which can cause cell damage.
These fruits and vegetables are particularly worth adding to your smoothies for this reason:
- Goji berries
- Red cabbage
- Green broad beans
You may consume more vitamin C
Another benefit of the smoothie diet is the vitamin C you will consume from the fruits and vegetables used in the smoothies.
Here are some of the best ingredients to add to your super smoothies to give them a boost of vitamin C:
- Kiwi fruit2
High fibre intake
Not only do you get antioxidants and vitamin C from smoothies, but you also get plenty of fibre!
This is super important for keeping our digestive system healthy and preventing constipation.
As well as this, high fibre diets have been associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer.3,4
Foods especially rich in fibre that you could add to your smoothies include:
- Wholegrain oats
Phytonutrients from fruit and vegetables
Not sure what they are?
Essentially, phytonutrients are natural plant compounds that are produced to keep them healthy, as well as protecting themselves from the heat of the sun and insects.
But they can also support us humans too.
Phytonutrients have been found to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit our immune system, eye health, heart health, and detoxification.6,7
Easy to follow
Another benefit of the smoothie diet that has increased its popularity is how easy it is to follow – especially since modern life can be so busy and complicated.
You just have to educate yourself on the nutrients you need to add to your smoothies and then make sure to get any other nutrients you can in your regular meal of the day.
Quick to prepare
In a similar vein, another benefit of this particular diet is that it is quick and easy to prepare.
Once you’ve chosen your key ingredients, washed and prepared them, all you need to do is whizz it all up in a blender and then drink it – happy days!
Less calorie counting than other diets
In addition, diets that are largely focused on calorie counting can be time-consuming and confusing.
Whereas with the smoothie diet, you’ll know that you’ll be taking in fewer calories without having to measure everything out and keep it logged.
Pre-made shopping lists
If you decide to go with the original 21 day smoothie diet book, you’ll also have access to pre-made shopping lists, saving you more time and energy throughout the week.
4 ways to make sure you’re doing it right
Read on to make sure you are getting the smoothie diet right...
Make sure to have one nutritious meal a day
Although you can get a lot, you can’t get all the essential nutrients to fuel your body in a smoothie.
This makes it super important to ensure the one proper meal you do have a day is packed with plenty of nutrients.
Be sure to include a good quality source of protein, whether that’s lean meat, eggs or tofu, for example, a serving of unrefined carbohydrates, some healthy fats and plenty of veggies!
Watch your sugar intake
While the majority of your meals will contain natural sugars, be sure to watch out for any added sugars.
This is because consuming a high level of sugar everyday can lead to blood sugar spikes and potentially even fat storage – according to Rob Danoff, a family medical physician.8
One solution to this could be to avoid adding more than one cup of fruit to each smoothie, and to use unsweetened milk or water as the liquid.
In addition to this, if you’re adding protein powder, try to use one that is low in sugar.
Get enough protein in
As well as low calorie diets being effective for weight loss, high protein diets have also been highlighted as effective by various different scientific studies.9,10
So why not capitalise on both?
To take advantage of this, try adding some protein powder to your smoothies, as well as using milks that are naturally high in protein.
Or if you’d like to shake things up a tad, why not add some oats to your smoothie? They’re considered a source of low-cost protein with additional nutritional value.11
Add some healthy fats
And finally, it’s important to include some healthy fats in your smoothies as well.
Fat is especially beneficial for absorbing certain vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E.12
Interestingly, swapping out saturated fats for unsaturated fats can help to lower your cholesterol levels too.13
So for the best kinds of fats in your smoothies, here’s what to choose:
- Nut butters
Is the smoothie diet suitable for everyone?
While the smoothie diet should generally be safe for people to try, there are risks for people with certain conditions or people taking certain medications.
For example, since this diet is higher in sugar than some other diets, it is not recommended for people with diabetes.15
Equally, if you’re looking to build or maintain muscle, this may not be the diet for you as it could lead to a loss of muscle mass.
6 smoothie ideas
Find out our top smoothie recipes.
- 1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen (at least overnight)
- 3 tbsp mango chunks
- 3 tbsp pineapple chunks (can be canned in juice, drained)
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Pinch of freshly grated or ground ginger
- 250ml coconut milk
How to make the vibrant tropical smoothie
Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and whizz up for at least 30 seconds until smooth.
Pour into a mason jar or glass and drink straight away while chilled.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 orange
- 1 beetroot
- 1 tsp honey
How to make a beetroot & spinach smoothie
Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
Add a handful of ice will make the smoothie thicker as well as the perfect chilled temperature to enjoy immediately.
- 1 banana
- 4 strawberries
- 50g of blueberries
- 1 tbsp of oats
- 30g of cashews
- 200ml of almond milk
How to make the deliciously Ella smoothie
Simply blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy!
Try using frozen banana or berries for a nice cold smoothie.
- 200g blueberries
- 1 tsp oat bran
- 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 150ml milk (or dairy free alternative)
- 2 tbsp Manuka Honey
- 2 tsp bee pollen
How to make a manuka honey & blueberry smoothie
Place all the ingredients except the bee pollen in a blender and blitz until smooth.
Divide between two glasses and top each with a teaspoon of bee pollen. Serve immediately.
- 50g spinach
- 1 kiwi (peeled)
- 1 banana (peeled and chopped)
- 400ml apple juice
How to make a spinach & kiwi smoothie
In a blender, combine the spinach, chopped kiwi and banana and fill with the apple juice.
Blitz until smooth.
- 1 aloe vera stem, with the green skin removed
- 4 heaped tbsp blueberries
- 4 heaped tbsp kale (equivalent to a big handful)
- ½ a frozen banana
- Squeeze of fresh lemon/lime juice
How to make an aloe vera, kale & blueberry skin smoothie
Blitz ingredients in a blender or food processor until the mixture is completely smooth. Add water until it’s a liquid consistency.
You could also add a few ice cubes to make the smoothie icy-cold and ready to drink or add a splash of coconut water before blending for extra sweetness.
The final say
Whether you’re looking for weight loss smoothies, you’re embarking on the smoothie diet yourself or you’re just looking for smoothie inspiration – we hope you found what you were looking for in our guide.
You also asked...
The smoothie diet may be good for you if you have been advised by a medical professional to lose weight.
However, it isn’t something that should be entered into lightly, and it is recommended that you speak to your doctor before giving this diet a go.
But we’ll delve into the details of reasons why the smoothie diet could be useful for us later in the article.
Swapping one to two meals for smoothies may be effective for weight loss as it could help you to reduce your calorie intake.
However, some nutritionists believe that this may only be useful in the short term, and that a return to regular eating could cause weight regain.
When health coach Drew Sgoutas created the 21 day smoothie diet, he suggested that replacing one to two of your meals a day with a smoothie would be effective.
However, it is important to remember that while Drew Sgoutas is a certified health coach, he is not a registered dietitian, so it may be best to speak to a registered health professional first.
Last updated: 1 November 2021