Fruit & Vegetable Smoothies are a Magic Bullet to Slimness |

Fruit & Vegetable Smoothies are a Magic Bullet to Slimness

July3CN_SmoothieBY CARLYE WAXMAN RD, RDN  |  There’s no debate about what constitutes the full biological value of vitamins and minerals in your fruits and vegetables. In any form, these low-calorie foods aid in weight loss — but when vegetables are cooked, we know there is some loss of their vitamins and minerals. This could be the biggest reason that the raw foods diet became popular and widespread. So how much of these vitamins and minerals do we really need….and how crazy should we get about maximizing them?

Though I’ve worked in the field of dietetics for the past five years, I’ve just recently started drinking fruits and vegetables. As a former firm believer in eating your foods instead of drinking them, I now have a newfound appreciation for vitamin-rich and slim-feeling shakes. They not only make me feel “healthier,” but also start my day off right on the weekend.

Before I go into my secret smoothie recipes, I’d like to break down the difference between (and the relative merits of) juicing and blending — a debate I had during a random dinner conversation amongst nutrition enthusiasts. It all started with wedding gifts of a juicer and a Magic Bullet (whose long-running infomercial most late night or weekend couch potatoes have seen by now). The couple wasn’t sure which contraption to keep.

My Bullet, thanks to my cousin who apparently had no use for it, has become my new favorite appliance. Though not a “real juicer,” it can pulverize my spinach and kale (which makes it taste creamy, as opposed to frothy). I feel bad about the left-behind pulp, so I add that back in after. I’m very happy with this — and the fact that it fits very snugly behind my Keurig machine in my two-by-two kitchen.

So clearly, I was a bit biased during this debate. The others at the table started talking about the benefits of juicing. While the newlyweds were waffling between their juicer or their Bullet, I was thinking that the former — a huge, expensive machine — must have a healthy purpose, right? The answer to that depends on what you are trying to get out of your fruits and vegetables.

By far, blending is the best at delivering the most nutrients and fiber. It also promotes satiety and weight loss. Blending does introduce some oxygen and heat, so this method can decrease the amount of Vitamin C and some B vitamins. But how much do we actually need in our bodies? One cup of carrots alone has 407.6 percent of your Vitamin C needs, so I think you’re okay. Some super foods you can have in large quantities, like spinach and kale. With only 15-30 calories in two cups of these greens, you’re getting a very large amount of fiber, iron, Vitamin A and C.

When you juice, fiber and some nutrients are removed. This can promote overeating, as we don’t get full on the sugar of the fruit and vegetables. In fact, that mechanism will spike your blood sugar levels — which isn’t the best for your body, and definitely not good if you are a diabetic. The calories are concentrated when juicing, especially if you use more fruit than vegetables, and can promote weight gain. The only benefit I can see with juicing is that if you can’t have fiber due to specific diseases like Crohn’s Disease, diverticulitis, or irritable bowel syndrome, juicing can be a good way for you to get vegetables and fruit into your diet. Please note, taking out fiber does not make vitamin and mineral absorption more prevalent. It makes sugar absorb more quickly into the bloodstream, which is not the same thing.

I’m more of a “weekend” vegetable drinker. On the weekdays, I have a hard time parting with my beloved coffee in my one free hand. I attempted this on one occasion, and drank them both interchangeably — trying to enjoy both the coffee while it was hot and the green giant while it was cold. It was disastrous, and I annoyed a lot of subway commuters when swiping my MetroCard. Perhaps when I live in a less urban area, I can commute with a car and therefore not have to make such a drastic decision between the two beverages.

Having the routine of a large, ice cold vegetable smoothie and a full workout before noon keeps me fit on the weekends and inspires me to eat healthier throughout the day. I hope this message serves as the same motivation for you. Below are my “Secret Smoothie Combos.” Not only a foodie, but also a food expert, I know what vitamins and minerals can do together in the correct combination — and with that in mind, I’ve made these drinks flavorful and functional.

This one has two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly: Vitamin C and iron. Vitamin C is iron’s BFF. It makes the iron more biologically available (and iron is responsible for increasing your blood oxygen, giving you more energy). You’ll feel like a giant after this drink, but won’t look like one.


· 3 cups of spinach (about 40% of your day’s worth of iron)

·  2 tbsp. lemon juice

·  1 orange, without pits — squeeze first, remove pits, blend (over 100% of your day’s worth of Vitamin C)

·  8 ice cubes

·  5 fresh mint leaves

Vitamin A is essential for immunity and bone development. High levels of this in your body can reduce the risk of several chronic diseases. It’s great for your cell growth and vision. Since Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, you should maximize its absorption by combining it with a healthy fat, like nuts!


·  2 cups of Kale (>300% of you day’s worth of Vitamin A)

·  1 green apple

·  14 almonds

·  1 oz. of apple juice

·  8 ice cubes

·  5 fresh mint leaves

For a more “nutrient rich” option, which works well as a lunchtime smoothie, I’ve added some magnesium, protein and beta-carotene. A high intake of magnesium can give you greater bone density. Magnesium works in muscle contraction as the relaxer, so it’s good for the heart.

·  2 large carrots

· 1 celery stalk

·  14 walnut halves

· 2 tbsp. fresh ginger

· 2 tbsp. lemon juice

·  1 orange, juiced seeded and added to blender

·  8 ice cubes

Protein is proven to keep you full and focused, and it helps achieve weight loss. The added magnesium from almonds will aid with cell production, while protein contributes to the repair of body tissue. Drink this after your workout, for maximum effect!

· ½ tbsp. agave nectar syrup

·  1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries

·  ½ mango

·  1 cup of FAGE 0% Total Greek Yogurt

·  ½ cup skim milk

·  14 almonds

·  8 large ice cubes

·  5 fresh mint leaves

Sometimes when I feel like I’m getting sick, I try to maximize my Vitamin C. Strawberries have a very high amount — but combining them with other berries and lemon breaks down kale’s bitterness, and makes a naturally sweet-tasting shake!

· 1 cup of blueberries (15% of your day’s worth of Vitamin C

· 8 strawberries (>100% of your days worth of Vitamin C)

·  2 cups of kale (90% of your days worth of Vitamin C)

·  2 tbsp lemon juice

·  ½ tbsp. agave nectar

·  8 large ice cubes

Carlye Waxman is a Registered Dietitian living in NYC. For free recipes, nutrition tips and smoothies, visit and sign up for her newsletter.


  1. Felicia says:

    Thank you for such a great post! It was very informative and helped me make a more informative decision about which direction I wanted to go in as far as juicing or blending. I am definitely a smoothie girl!

    1. Carol Wood says:

      Thank you for the education! More questions: Are there any dangerous combinations of fruits/veggies? Can they be toxic if combined improperly? Should we ever blend the whole orange? whole apple?

  2. Janet says:

    Thank you for posting. I just got a Magic Bullet, and I plan to try the Blue Cold Bluster. We grow Kale, and I know how nutritious, yet bitter, it is.

  3. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent, let alone the content!

    1. Susan says:

      Just received my magic bullet, looking for some simple recipes for weight loss

  4. Devlin says:

    I have started the veg/fruit smoothie and it really helps with energy, weight loss and etc.

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  6. fred kilon says:

    This is a very healthy way to lose weight..

  7. Thanks everyone! I appreciate the comments and glad you enjoyed this article! Carlye

  8. Esther says:

    I still like the crunch of chewing my vegetables rather than juicing but I have the time to eat slow and leisurely enjoying every bite. Blending food sounds healthier leaving the fiber and vitamins intact.

  9. JimPatton says:

    Vegetable Smoothie is one of best ways to get all of your vegetables. This article really shows that it can be fun to eat your vegetables. Even my grandkids enjoy making them.

  10. yoga poses says:

    Thanks for helping me get back on track after a week of feeling out of control.

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  14. Isabel says:

    Thanks for this useful post. I like smoothies a lot and for slimness achievement such fruit vegetable smoothies pretty much helping me. It's really amazing.

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  18. David Madrid Moo says:

    Hey Allie! Thanks so much!

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  22. Thank you for such a abundant post! It was actual advisory and helped me accomplish a added advisory accommodation about which administration I capital to go in as far as juicing or blending. I am absolutely a smoothie girl!

  23. Paleo Snacks says:

    Using smoothies as a meal replacement never worked for me. However, I do enjoy smoothies and juices on occasion.

  24. Definite;y a great recipe for slimness. Apart from this, Eating 2 to 6 cups of fruits and vegetables daily reduces your risk of heart disease, helps lower blood pressure, reduces the risk of stroke, helps fight some forms of cancer and reduces eye disease and intestinal inflammation

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  27. Thank Carlye for the great article. The importance of vitamins and minerals can never be underestimated, and through the modern lifestyle which is characterized by unhealthy foods as people are always on the go may not have that time to think or pay attention to what goes in to their body. Your ideas on juicing are worth a try for many as this will help individuals to get the right nutrients the body needs. I am going to try some of your recipes and I am sure am gonna like it. Thank you

  28. Juicing is probably one of the best ways to lose weight and cleanse yourself from the inside. BUT…the first 2 weeks of juicing can be difficult.

  29. Wow, these look great – I'll have to try a few out! :-)


  30. I might try the Green Giant! Thanks for the awesome recipes. Looks great.

  31. I love smoothies…so healthy and so delicious at the same time..

  32. salaadin says:

    Blue Cold Bluster for me it is just what I need in this bleak and cold spell we are facing at the moment

  33. Kati says:

    My family and I have been drinking smoothies for about 3 weeks now. They consist of banana, carrots, spinach, kale, lime juice,Greek yogurt, berries and ground up chia and flax seeds and coconut water. We all love them and have become to crave them in the mornings. While it seems to be helping every one else with energy and feeling better in general and my husband has lost about 8 pounds, I have gained 10 lbs and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. Does any body know why that would be the case??

    1. Hi Kati!
      Its likely that you are having more calories than your body burns off in a day! Having smoothies is great, but should be a meal replacement and not eaten in addition to meals. Try to journal what you eat every day for a week and see if you're maybe just eating too much. It sounds like your smoothies are low cal so that can't be….good luck! Carlye Waxman,

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  35. pam says:

    Our household just recently bought the bullet and we will be trying these recipes. Thank you. We all need more greens!

  36. Eat Healthy says:

    My sister got me a magic bullet for Christmas. Thanks for the recipes.

  37. DSN4659 says:

    Thank you for the information and the recipes you extended so graciously. What I need is a recipe for zucchini and yellow squash. I was thinking about adding lemon juice, ice cubes, and probably two small tangelos. However, I am not sure about the taste, but I am going to let you know how it turns out. I just purchased the Magic Bullet and am also new at juicing and smoothies!!
    Thanks again!!

  38. Uni says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post. Can I use frozen spinach/kale?

    1. I would say that frozen spinach or kale may taste a little…earthy. Frozen fruit would be much much better! Try buying Kale fresh and not washing until ready for use. It stays much longer. Good luck!

  39. nmoney says:

    Strawberries, cream or yogurt a little sugar, mix everything ….. Simple, quick, delectable and healthy

  40. The example for the low carb days are not low carb! Milk, pasta, carrots, grapes are all not low carb. My blood sugar spikes if I drink even a tiny bit of milk, eat grapes, carrots or any kind of pasta. In fact I drink milk if I need to raise my blood sugar. Always check your blood sugar to see how it will react. Most diabetics would not be able to manage this diet.

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  42. These smoothies look great. I like them as a special treat.

  43. I have a friend who is used to vegetable/fruit smoothie she said it's really a good detoxifier. I wanna try this GREEN APPLE GREENS soon. Thanks for sharing anyway.

  44. VItamix says:

    Looks good and I love smoothies – always looking for new ideas – thanks for sharing!

  45. vitamix says:

    Nice article, I added juices in my diet for weight loss, whatever you said is correct only juices can't help in weight loss, the diet must be complete and nutritious including proteins and healthy fats along with regular exercise.

  46. Dan Craig says:

    I love fruit smoothies.. bought a very expensive blender a few years ago and tried to drink freshly made smoothie everyday.. it just got too expensive in the end and the blender has been in hiding in the cupboard ever since.

  47. Maureen says:

    My son, age 20, is having a tonsillectomy next week. Can you give me some ideas on what kinds of veg's I could juice for him to swallow with a very sore throat at the same time to help coat his stomach for the meds he will be taking. I've read blogs that say fruits may be too acidic for him. I do have the Magic Bullet.

  48. Bulk Board says:

    Once I started incorporating more vegetables and fruits into my diet, my weight loss efforts have sky rocketed.

    It doesn't really matter what kind of plan you've got. Just so long as you stick to *a* plan. Keto works, paleo works, and so do veggy & fruit shakes!