Green Tea Smoothie For Weight Loss

Green Tea Smoothie For Weight Loss

It’s no secret that green tea is an effective weight loss tool. After all, green tea extract has been listed as the primary ingredient in many different diet and sports supplements for decades now.

However, it’s also been hotly debated if the way you consume green tea matters. For example: does green tea extract work just as well as a cup of regular green tea? Does flavoring or icing your green tea make it less effective? And can you really expect to get the same health benefits from a delicious green tea smoothie for weight loss?

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How Green Tea Works

In order to answer all of those questions, it’s important to help you understand what makes green tea work for weight loss. First and foremost, green tea contains a mild amount of caffeine. Several studies have consistently shown that caffeine is a stimulant that helps aid the body in fat burning and also improves overall exercise performance.

Green tea contains a considerably less amount of caffeine than a standard cup of coffee (about 75-140 milligrams less), but it’s still enough to have a positive impact on fighting fat and boosting energy levels.

Green tea is also packed with powerful antioxidants called “catchechins” that can help increase your metabolism. The most powerful of these catchechins is a substance named “ECEG” (Epigallocatechin gallate). ECEG increases the levels of hormones which tell your body’s fat cells to break down the fat. After it is broken down, the fat flows into the bloodstream and is used as energy.

The reason that green tea has natural caffeine and so many antioxidants is that these components are not broken down during processing like they are in many other foods. In fact, green tea requires very little food processing.

So for this reason, it doesn’t really matter how you consume your green tea. You can boil it, ice it, blend it or flavor it and its nutrient properties will remain pretty much the same. The same is true when it comes to green tea extract: experts maintain that about 1 milliliter of green tea extract is equivalent to around 8-10 cups of regular green tea.

The only element that can really impair the healthy of effects of green tea is how you sweeten it. If you add a lot of sugar to your green tea, this could essentially cancel out all the positive impact. It’s loading on extra, unncessary calories, plus it’s a lot harder for your body to break down sugar, so it gets stored as fat. If you must sweeten your green tea, stick to a small serving of a honey or a natural sweetener like Stevia extract.

Additional Health Benefits of Green Tea

The health benefits of green tea extract aren’t solely reserved for weight loss. Other proven advantages of drinking green tea include:

  • Improves mental alertness
  • Helps fight the flu
  • Helps protect against different types of cancer
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Supports bone strength
  • Protects the liver
  • Boosts physical endurance

Recommended Green Tea Servings

So how much green tea do you have to drink to burn fat and receive other health benefits? A recent study published in the “Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition” reported that green tea can significantly help reduce body fat and increase fat oxidation rates, when combined with exercise.

However, to reap the maximum benefits, the dosage required is close to six or seven cups of green tea each day. That’s an awful lot of green tea… and an easy way to get burnt on the antioxidant-packed drink quickly.

To get the recommended about of green tea each day, mix up how you drink it! Green tea doesn’t have to be boring: try different flavors of green tea or try mixing green tea extract with a glass of water. You can also incorporate green tea into other beverages like the healthy smoothie recipe listed below.

Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup of green tea (brewed – but cooled)
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 cup of berries (fresh or frozen – your choice!)
  • 1/3 cup of yogurt
  • 1 scoop of your favorite flavor of protein powder

Mix all the ingredients together in a blender. Then blend on the highest speed for up to 45 seconds or until you reach your ideal consistency. The result is approximately 174 calories, 5 grams of fat and one incredibly tasty green tea smoothie for weight loss!

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16 thoughts on “Green Tea Smoothie For Weight Loss

  1. I did not know all the benefits of drinking green tea. I actually drink a lot of unsweetened iced tea – black tea. It seems like there would be a benefit to me switching to green tea to get the benefits of the antioxidants. Have there been any studies that show the effects of green tea as a supplement? It looks like there are great health and weight loss improvements from consuming green tea.

    1. Hi Jeff,

      Yes, if you read the article again you will see that it covers the topic of green tea extracts in one section ( or ‘supplements’ if you prefer! ) 🙂

  2. HI Chris
    Thanks for your article. I want share about drink green tea. I often drink green tea in the morning time before I go to do my routine work. I feel it can fresh my day after drink green tea. Now I know because green tea contains a mild amount of caffeine, and I am glad green tea is safe to drink and it can be described as healthy tea. Thanks for sharing

  3. Hey! I want to know which of the green tea brand should I be considering as the best and since I’m from India I have a limited number of green tea brands and I hope you could suggest me a good one since I have heard a lot about losing weight by the consumption of green tea.

    1. Hi Shrey,

      I always use Amazon to locate popular brands of green tea – I’m sure there’s an Amazon site that covers India right?

  4. This was a very useful article on green teas – their uses and how they assist in so many ways the healthiness of a person. I have been a fan for years, since spending some time in China, where they have some wonderful varieties…

    Green tea smoothies are something I really like too and that in spite they are good for you lol! The smoothie recipe you include here seems like a good one, I have one that is similar but will try this one as well…

    I am always interested in something new to change up the intake a little while maintaining the healthy ingredients and foods I seek/need…Thanks ,much for taking the time to inform us all…

  5. I’m so intrigued what your smoothie will taste like I’m going to give it a go later on!. So on that bases you have convinced me that it works from the content of your blog!.

    I’m aware green tea has many benefits but I must admit I did learn something new from your content.

    A well presented and very informative blog….well done.

    1. Well thanks you ‘Get Sport Supplements’ – not your real name I know!!!

      Great to hear that you enjoyed the article so much! 🙂

  6. This looks like a terrific recipe for a green tea smoothie. I’ve been a fan of green tea for decades, but never thought about how it helps with weight loss.

    I’ll try this green tea smoothie for sure, but I usually drink about six cups a day. Not all at once, but throughout the morning and early afternoon.

    I usually avoid caffeine after 2 pm so it doesn’t interfere with my sleep. What have you heard about green tea extract? Is it as useful?

    1. I’m pretty much the same with caffeine – I try to avoid it later in the afternoon as it often interferes with my sleep patterns!

  7. Hello Chris,i agree with you green tea can be a magic fat burner.I have once used it and it really gave me positive results.I can say the only thing with it is that you loose body fat every where,so if one was targeting the belly it might frustrate you.May be you can give advise on what type of diet should people be in while using the green tea so that the weight loss can be proportional.

    1. Hi, there are many different diets on this site that target different parts of the body! Use the search bar at the top right of our site to find them! 🙂

  8. I have been drinking green tea since I was young, but my parents prefer coffee. My family has always seen me as the “black sheep” because of that. I tried the recipe yesterday and it tasted very well. I will highly recommend it, and I will try to serve it for my parents.

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