Nothing beats starting the day off with a smoothie brimming with fresh, ripe ingredients. You can feel the boost of energy that the greens, fruits and superfoods give your body practically from the moment the first hit makes it past the straw. Easy, clean and packed with vital nutrients, smoothies make meal-time a breeze.
But are they high enough in protein? Will they stick to your ribs throughout the morning and give your body a big enough dose of the macro nutrient for proper nutrition if you don’t toss a heaping helping of whey powder in there? Absolutely! Plant-based smoothies can be rich sources of protein with the addition of vegan protein powders (made with things like brown rice, hemp or pea protein), spirulina, chia seeds and even nuts.
Plus, when you rely on plant-based sources for your protein kick, valuable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants come along for the ride too. So, what are you waiting for? Give one of these a whirl…in your blender…because they’re-you get the idea.
Got a can of pumpkin purée hanging out in your pantry? Why not use it to make this Pumpkin Protein Smoothie? It’s a great way to get the comforting flavors of fall, even if it’s summer, into a morning smoothie, and it’s also a nice change from the green smoothies. Add even more extra nutrition by sprinkling some raw pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds on top.
Looking for a quick protein shake that will boost your energy levels and provide you with plenty of plant-based protein and healthy fats? This Energy Boosting Superfood Protein Shake is packed with essential vitamins and minerals thanks to the addition of several superfoods. You can enjoy it as a quick healthy breakfast, have it as a mid-morning snack or use it to fuel your workouts. It will help you to cope with stress and keep your energy levels high.
This Chocolate Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie looks like a typical green smoothie, but it’s not. Looks can be deceiving, no? Not only does it have strawberries, but almonds, and superfoods. And, it’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and has no refined sugars.
This Power Smoothie will give you nothing short of power. Made from bananas, frozen berries, protein powder, and pineapple, it’s a great way to kickstart your day and give you the strength to tackle whatever it throws at you!
5. Chia, Lucuma, and Coconut Smoothie
Sometimes you just don’t want a green smoothie. As much as we adore a glowing fresh purée of spinach, kale, fresh fruit, and nuts, sometimes what our body really wants is something richer, like this Chia, Lucuma, and Coconut Smoothie. This decadent, healthy treat is creamy, smooth, sweet, and reminiscent of the french vanilla soft serve of our youth. Yeah, baby!
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This Spring Tune Up Smoothie is a cleansing and inflammation fighting superstar. Pineapple, ginger, greens, lemon, and turmeric will help you recover from a workout faster or just keep those aching joints quiet.
8. The Perfect Chocolate Banana Smoothie for Active People
This Chocolate Banana Smoothie is fantastic for active people because it contains coconut water and banana which are both high in potassium and balance your electrolyte levels. It also contains kale which has anti-inflammatory properties, chia seeds which provide lots of energy, raw cacao powder which will sooth sore muscles, coconut oil which provides a big dose of healthy fat and blood sugar balancing cinnamon.
This Mango and Hemp Seed Smoothie is the ultimate fruit juice. Packed with superfood ingredients like hemp seeds, maca powder, and lucuma powder, and sweetened with the taste of mango and vanilla, this smoothie can cool you down all summer.
10. Tropical Green Spirulina Smoothie
Packed with kale and a dash of spirulina, this Tropical Green Spirulina Smoothie is full of flavor masked by fruity, summery flavor. The flavor of pineapple in superfood smoothies are strong enough to overpower the sharpness of spirulina. Start small with just 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon and slowly add more as you adjust to this new flavor.
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