Smoothies are a great source of energy. They’re usually full of vitamin and mineral loaded fruits and vegetables, antioxidants, protein and fiber, and offer a delicious, flexible and easy meal for anyone on the go. Since they’re so portable and healthy, they’re usually the drink of choice for active, busy people who need a healthy burst of energy to make it through the day. Although virtually all smoothies are delicious and enjoyable choices, some are loaded with more calories and less health benefits than others.
Not all smoothies are equal. Smoothies loaded with greens can round out the sugars in fruits with a healthy dose of minerals and vitamins that keep your body moving. Including fiber additions like oats and chia seeds can help slow down your digestion, giving your body more time to digest food and avoiding a sugar crash. And certain natural supplements like matcha can give you a natural kick in energy to replace your morning cup of coffee. Here are five energy boosting smoothies to push you through the day.
1. Banana-Almond-Matcha smoothie
This Daily Meal smoothie contains a wealth of energy boosting additives, including the flavorful and energy-boosting matcha, complex carbohydrates and fiber from almonds and a sweet flavor thanks to the banana addition. Plus, the sneaky addition of lettuce adds some extra fiber and greens to your morning meal, making this a healthy and sweet green energy boosting smoothie.
To make this smoothie, and two frozen bananas, one cup of romaine lettuce, two cups of almond milk, one teaspoon of matcha powder and one teaspoon of honey into a blender. If you don’t have matcha powder, two cups of iced green tea can replace the drink for more liquidy alternative. Cut out the almond milk and replace it with half a cup of real almonds if you take this route to reduce the liquid.
2. Green Grape Smoothie
This sweet green smoothie mixes two healthy greens, spinach and kale, with grapes, pears, oranges and bananas for a fruity flavorful kick that still offers a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. In addition, it sneaks in energy boosting chia seeds for texture and fiber.
This recipe is a favorite of Dolly Parton who has a net worth of $500 million. To make this recipe, peel and quarter an orange; core and stem a pear; and chop one cup of kale. Add it, along with one cup of spinach, one cup of green seedless grapes, one banana, one teaspoon of chia seeds and two cups of water into a blender and blend until thoroughly mixed. This recipe will make two servings..
3. Berry Boost Smoothie
This berry-filled recipe contains relatively low-sugar fruits that still provide a punch of flavor, as well as flavorful and healthy almond milk and flax oil, an excellent source of healthy fat to keep your digestion smooth and your body feeling well.
Mix half a cup each of blueberries, blackberries and cherries in a blender with one banana, one cup of almond milk, one tablespoon of flaxseed oil, one teaspoon of honey and a dash of cinnamon. Blend it together thoroughly until it’s smooth.
4. Green Machine
This recipe is loaded with fiber and green veggies, making it a fantastic and well-rounded choice for an energy-boosting breakfast smoothie. It contains fiber, healthy fats, ample greens and all natural ingredients for a fantastic morning option. It requires some foresight, as you have to soak almonds and cashews overnight, but the flavor and energy boost is worth it.
Soak 50 grams of almonds and 25 grams of cashews for at least an hour (but at least 20 minutes, if you are in an absolute rush) or overnight. Blend half a ripe avocado, half a cucumber, 200 milliliters of almond milk and three tablespoons of coconut oil together. Add two handfuls of spinach and one handful of kale. Drain and add in the soaked nuts, plus one tablespoon of sunflower seeds and one tablespoon of chia seeds together and blend until creamy. This smoothie is packed with healthy oils and fiber to keep you feeling full for a long time, as well as energy boosting nutrients to help you make it through even the longest days.
5. Lavender Mulberry smoothie
This beautiful purple smoothie provides a subtle, sweet flavor along with a host of antioxidants and fiber in the form of oatmeal to leave you satisfied. This recipe calls for lucuma powder, which is a healthy natural sweetener with a low glycemic impact, but you can replace it with sugar if you don’t have access to lucuma powder.
Add one frozen banana, one cup of fresh mulberries, one cup of kale, one tablespoon of dried lavender, one cup of apple juice, half a cup of rolled oats, one quarter cup of raw cashews, one teaspoon of lucuma powder and one teaspoon of vanilla extract into a blender. Blend thoroughly until the kale and cashews have blended fully. This sweet smoothie makes two servings, and can give you a great boost to prepare for the day.
Smoothies with healthy greens and fiber make for a great morning meal. Experiment with what you have in your kitchen, what’s in season and what’s locally available for a host of flavorful and healthy smoothies for your breakfast.