My Top 3 Go-To Feel-Good Smoothies

With summer coming to an end and schedules becoming crazier, fitting in a healthy, filling breakfast can be incredibly difficult. If you’re like me, many of your meals are eaten either on-the-go or while working. This is partially because I really love sleeping and will get every little bit I can, even if it means only grabbing a power bar for breakfast, or not eating at all. But it’s also because there’s something about multitasking, eating my breakfast while getting where I’m going, that just feels so incredibly… efficient. And that’s a very rewarding feeling.

As easy (and sometimes necessary) it is to just grab an Rx Bar and run out the door, there are other ways to get a healthy, balanced, and filling breakfast in a jiff. My favorite on-the-go breakfast is a tasty smoothie. Personally, I like my smoothies full of protein and all kinds of veggies to keep me full and get me all the nutrients I can get! However, I also need my smoothie to be sweetly satisfying, because what is the point in eating anything if it doesn’t make you happy? Below you will find three of my favorite smoothie recipes that keep me going through most of my busy mornings. Each smoothie is below 400 calories, but chalk full of protein and produce that you’ll not only feel good about drinking, but you’ll actually enjoy. All recipes make one roughly 20 oz serving. I tend to put mine in this Healthy Human Life Cruiser which keeps my smoothies cold for hours on end, letting me sip on them throughout the morning.

Let’s start out simple and fruity with my Blueberry Peach Smoothie. Blueberry-peach is one of my favorite flavor combinations and is the perfect level of sweet. This smoothie gets its color from the spirulina, which is a blue-green algae that not only makes food beautiful, but is packed full of protein and other nutrients! (Learn more about spirulina here.) As is expected when fruit is involved, it’s naturally high in sugar, but all the sugar in this recipe is naturally occurring in the ingredients themselves:

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  • 2/3 frozen peach
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup steamed-then-frozen zucchini
  • 1 handful chopped spinach OR 1 leaf kale
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • 1/2 scoop MRM Vanilla Protein
  • 1tsp spirulina (I use OMG Superfoods brand, found here.)
  • 1.5 cup So Delicious unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
  • Optional: Garden of Life Fitbiotic Powder (Completely flavorless, and gut-friendly addition to any smoothie!)

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend! You can add more milk as needed or based on your thickness preferences.

Macros:
Calories: 204; Fat: 9.4 g; Carbohydrates: 29.1g (Sugar: 23 g); Protein: 23.23g

Not feeling the fruit today, or trying to minimize your sugar intake? My next two VEGGIE BASED smoothies are for you! There is absolutely no fruit found in these next two recipes to minimize sugar, but don’t worry, no sweetness was sacrificed in the making of these smoothies!

My second go-to smoothie is this fruit-Free Cacao Mint Smoothie. Between the veggies and the protein powder, this smoothie is incredibly filling. Besides, who doesn’t love that refreshing, but sweet, chocolate-mint combo:

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  • 3/4 cup steamed-then-frozen zucchini and yellow summer squash
  • 1/2 cup steamed-then-frozen sweet potato (I leave the skin on)
  • 1 leaf kale
  • 1 scoop Vega Chocolate Protein & Greens
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp fresh mint leaves (mint leaves very wildly in size, so I tear them up to measure them easier)
  • 1 cup So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend! You can add more milk as needed or based on your thickness preferences.

Macros:
Calories: 266.75; Fat: 7.8g; Carbohydrates: 19.75g (Sugar: 7.3g); Protein: 20.5g

To continue on the chocolate train, the last smoothie I’m currently obsessed with is this Fruit-Free Chocolate Breakfast Shake, named as such because it literally tastes like a chocolate milkshake. It’s basically like drinking a vegetable-based dessert for breakfast:

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  • 3/4 cup steamed-then-frozen zucchini and yellow summer squash
  • 1/2 cup steamed-then-frozen sweet potato
  • 1 leaf kale
  • 1 tbsp Wild Friends Peanut Cashew Super Butter  (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1 scoop Vega Chocolate Protein & Greens
  • 1 cup So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk
  • Optional: 1 tsp bee pollen

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend! You can add more milk as needed or based on your thickness preferences.

Macros:
Calories: 367.75; Fat: 17.8g; Carbohydrates: 27.25g (Sugar: 6.8g); Protein: 27.75g

Next time you’re in need of a quick, nutritious snack or meal, give one of these sweet smoothies a shot! I have the brands I love to use listed in these recipes, but try each one with whatever proteins, nut butters, and milks you like and let me know how they turn out! Enjoy!

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