If you started drinking green juice or green smoothies, that’s great. In fact, that’s amazing: this entire blog is about the power of plants, superfoods, and all the incredible things nutrition -and especially greens- do for your health! However, if you’ve started to add a green smoothie to your routine and have had trouble keeping off (or shedding!) weight, especially around your waist, it could be as simple as going over your daily calorie intake. While we don’t think you need to count calories to achieve your weight goals, it is a simple “amount in” vs. “amount out game.” This is true for fat and sugar as well, you need both to survive and create energy, but if you consume more than you burn, then it is likely to set up camp around the good ole belly. Therefore, the ingredients of your green smoothie and the kind of activity or lifestyle lead have a direct impact on your weight loss journey. Because the possibility of weight gain or weight retention exists while drinking green smoothies, we put together a list of tips to add easy green juice smoothie recipes to your day without adding on the pounds. The digestion process begins at the mouth and ends in the gut (small intestines,) your green smoothie is extremely easy to digest; it asks very little of the stomach to break things up. Most of the nutrients in a green juice go straight to the bloodstream as soon as they are ingested, that’s why we often recommend to drink them on an empty stomach.