When you are trying to lose some weight or, simply, lead a healthier lifestyle, a hectic schedule can get in the way. Sometimes, you just don’t find the time or energy to prepare a healthy breakfast before you get going. In those times, smoothies come to the rescue, making for a beneficial meal replacement. A healthy smoothie is more than just a refreshing cup of healthy ingredients blended together, it actually has lots of benefits to reap in the long run.
Replacing your breakfast with a healthy smoothie is a great way to save your time and still get some necessary nutritional value. Most recipes help you increase your consumption of vegetables and fruits. Besides, it is quite easy and quick to make and can help you curb your cravings and avoid reaching out to unhealthy snacks between meals.
We have gathered for you a list of amazing recipes to create your fresh smoothies and enjoy them on your commute to work. You can alternate between the recipes all you want depending on the mood of the day and what you’re craving the most. One month into your healthy smoothie journey and you will start noticing the difference in your energy and body shape as well. So, let’s get started!
1. Creamy Kale Smoothie
Having a healthy smoothie for breakfast is a surefire way to boost your energy and set the mood for the day. While there are lots of superfoods that you can blend together for a nutritious smoothie, it is always wiser to rely on veggies as your main ingredient rather than fruits.
While there is nothing wrong with basing your smoothie on fruits, they’re still packed with sugar and very little protein and fats. Kale is a great option for a healthy smoothie; it is packed with several nutrients and quite beneficial for your overall health. Turning kale into a creamy smoothie to-go will do you more good that you imagine.
Add some kale into your blender along with milk to give it that creamy texture. If possible, reach for non-dairy milk like coconut or almond milk to reap more health benefits. Along with the kale and milk, toss in honey to sweeten it up, pineapple chunks, and Greek yoghurt to make it more fulfilling.
Check out the full recipe for the Creamy Kale Smoothie
2. Spinach Kale Smoothie
A great way to increase your vegetable intake is to add them to your healthy smoothie and have it first thing in the morning. Spinach is rich in antioxidants, iron, and other nutrients that will improve your gut health as well as increase your energy. We promise it makes a delicious smoothie to enjoy throughout your morning, especially when mixed with the right things.
Put some spinach leaves into your blender along with low-fat milk or any other milk of your choice. Again, it is better to go for non-dairy ones to benefit from their healthy fats but that is still your choice to make. If you want to add more ingredients to spruce up the flavour, feel free to it. Cucumber, kale, or any other greens are all perfect options to combine with spinach.
Check out the full recipe for the Spinach Smoothie
3. Aloe Vera Smoothie
Did you know that aloe vera can be consumed and offers great health benefits? Well, now you do. Get aloe vera in the liquid form and blend it along with other beneficial ingredients to create a healthy smoothie that you can enjoy at any time throughout the day. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, which aids in strengthening your immune system and reducing risk of cancer.
Not only that, but it is also known for its healing properties for your skin and hair. It also cleanses the blood and assists your body to absorb nutrients from the food in a more efficient way. So, it is time to pour some aloe vera into your blender with some milk and blend well. Feel free to add more ingredients, especially ones with similar anti-inflammatory properties like pear or cucumber.
Check out the full recipe for the Aloe Vera Smoothie
4. Cream Oatmeal Smoothie
Oatmeal is the healthiest breakfast option, given that is it rich in soluble fibres, which is great for your gut health. Consuming oatmeal regularly ensures that your digestive system functions properly and banish chances of getting constipation or any other digestive disorders.
Since that you can be tight on time, toss your oatmeal in your blender and create a healthy smoothie instead of skipping breakfast. Go for whole-grain oats for added benefits. Other ingredients that you can add into your blender are frozen bananas and chunks of frozen peaches. They help flavouring up your oatmeal and add some sweetness to it.
Check out the full recipe for the Cream Oatmeal Smoothie
5. Avocado Smoothie
In every list of healthy smoothie recipes, you will always come across avocado. This fruit is packed with nutritious value and provides more than a few benefits that boost your health. Not only that, but also avocado is one of the superfoods that can blend well with all kinds of vegetables and fresh fruits.
Start off your day with a nutrient-packed smoothie that strengthens the heart, fixes the gut, and banishes cancer cells. Add avocado along with milk and any fruits or vegetables of your choice. Rely more on green vegetables so you don’t consume too much sugar from the combination of several fruits. After all, the greener the smoothie, the better.
Check out the full recipe for the Avocado Smoothie
6. Peña Colada Protein Smoothie
Summer is just around the corner. With the temperature rising higher each day, it calls for a refreshing drink in the morning to banish the heat and quench the thirst. Peña colada makes for an interestingly healthy smoothie. It will make you feel as if you are chilling on the Caribbean beach, enjoying your signature tropical drink.
Pineapples and coconut make for a succulent combination and deliver fascinating health benefits as well. Adding some protein powder is efficient in increasing your protein intake and ensure feelings of satisfaction and satiety for longer.
Check out the full recipe for the Peña Colada Protein Smoothie
7. Peach Blueberry Smoothie
Here is another healthy smoothie recipe that will satisfy your sweet cravings and fill your tummy. Combining peach and blueberry is a great way to start your morning with a healthy dose of vegetables. It will refreshen you up, quench your thirst, and boost your energy levels for the rest of the day.
Toss some peach chunks along with a handful of blueberries in the blender. Add any milk of your choice, we suggest you go for almond milk given its healthy benefits, and blend them together until it reaches a smooth texture. Feel free to add a dash of cinnamon for extra sweetness. Also, kale would be a great choice if you want to have your green dose in the morning.
Check out the full recipe for the Peach Blueberry Smoothie
8. Powerhouse Pumpkin Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to put your blender into use every morning and look forward to new smoothies every day. We always wait for the beginning of fall to start sipping on some deliciously hot pumpkin spice latte and warm ourselves up. If you want to feel like it is fall or Christmas, use pumpkin to make your healthy smoothie, except that it is chilling.
Add a piece of pumpkin pie into your blender along with some maple syrup and avocado. The three ingredients blend perfectly well and create a heavenly taste that you won’t resist. Instead of adding milk, we suggest that you add some Greek yoghurt to base your smoothie on some high-protein base. It will also give your drink that creamy texture.
Check out the full recipe for the Powerhouse Pumpkin Smoothie
9. Mocha Protein Shake Smoothie
What could be more interesting than starting your day off with some delicious chocolate milkshake with some shots of coffee to awaken your brain! This recipe definitely feels like a palatable milkshake yet maintains the properties of a healthy smoothie. Mocha protein shake is also laden with protein, making you feel full for longer and help in building your muscles.
To create this dreamy drink, you will need a couple shots of black coffee, protein powder with chocolate flavour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and milk. We suggest that you avoid using regular milk chocolate as it will be laden with unwanted sugars and high carbs. Anyway, add chopped frozen banana to your ingredient and blend them together until they reach that smooth texture.
Check out the full recipe for the Mocha Protein Shake Smoothie
10. Mixed Berries Smoothie
Fill up on a healthy smoothie with an irresistible taste and rich source of essential nutrients made up of mixed berries. They are deliciously sweet and equally healthy as well. Berries work on boosting your immunity, providing essential minerals and vitamins, and are an amazing option to begin your morning with.
Toss a handful of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and even strawberries into your blender along with 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt to make it fulfilling and give it its creamy texture. You can also use unsweetened almond milk to avoid surging your sugar intake. This one is optional though, but we suggest you chop one frozen banana and add it to your mixture to take the flavour up a notch.
Check out the full recipe for the Mixed Berries Smoothie
11. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
If you are up to having a quick healthy smoothie yet a delicious one, we urge you to go for this fascinating option. Chocolate and peanut butter have always been a heavenly combination that we all love to embrace as comfort food. It is a mix that will cheer you up and show you the joy in life. Pb contains high protein and fats, which makes it perfect for those following a low-carb diet.
However, your choice of chocolate and peanut butter plays a role in making it either a healthy smoothie or a sugar-laden one. To make a healthy version that even works for ketogenic and low-carb dieters, we suggest you use unsweetened cocoa powder and healthy version of peanut butter. Opt for almond milk or any other plant-based milk along with a couple of spoons of Pb, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, heavy cream, some ice, and blend until it reaches a thick texture.
Check out the full recipe for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
12. Greek Yogurt Smoothie
We have recommended using Greek yogurt in making your deliciously healthy smoothie more than a few times. You might even be ready to use it as the main ingredient and reap the fascinating health benefits and start off your day on an energetic note. Greek yogurt is ideal in ensuring you take in your essential vitamins and minerals, given being rich in vitamin B and calcium.
Moreover, it is a good source of protein which will make you feel full and vibrant enough to begin achieving great goals throughout the day. While plain Greek yogurt is quite tasty, you are free to add fruity flavours if you prefer to. However, add the flavours you like in their natural forms instead of opting for flavoured Greek yogurt that may be laden with added sugars. Strawberries and bananas are great ingredients to complement your morning smoothie.
Check out the full recipe for the Greek Yogurt Smoothie
13. Super Green Smoothie
Many recipes on this list are laden with green ingredients that create the healthiest smoothies there are. Yet, our super green smoothie remains the healthiest of them all. It is basically made from ingredients that are, obviously, all green. The main ingredients are avocado, spinach, kale, and cucumber.
This combination is sufficient to boost your energy levels, enhance your heart health, improve your digestion process, and provide you with the necessary nutrients. Toss all of them together along with plain Greek yogurt for an extra protein-rich addition that will take your overall health to a whole new level.
Check out the full recipe for the Super Green Smoothie
14. Carrot Smoothie
If you are up for a healthy smoothie with some nice sweet hints, carrot smoothie is there to save the day. This vibrant ingredient barely gets the hype although it is capable of providing a deliciously refreshing drink with tremendous benefits. We think it is really fascinating to turn your carrots into an irresistible drinks.
We haven’t even gotten to the good part yet. In fact, carrots pair perfectly well with different kinds of fruits, including oranges, apples, or even mangoes. Putting all of them at once and let them blend together will grant you a heavenly drink to enjoy every sip. It is a great way to get your daily serving of healthy veggies and fruits, all in the same setting.
Check out the full recipe for the Carrot Smoothie
15. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Smoothie
Since you’re looking for great options to make a healthy smoothie, look no further than sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in more than a few nutrients that do your body great good. They are beneficial for your gut health and promote your brain functions, given being laden with antioxidants and fibres.
Sweet potato smoothie feel like you’re drinking your piece of pie. Get some sweet potatoes and chop into chunks or grate it to blend faster and easier. Add your sweet potatoes to the blender then add some milk, turmeric, a couple of dates, and ginger. Cinnamon is an essential ingredient to consider adding into your blender; it will take the taste into a whole new level, a much better one.
Check out the full recipe for the Cinnamon Sweet Potato Smoothie