Keep it Simple: 3 Easy Smoothies to Fuel Your Day

Fresh KaleIn the midst of the hustle and bustle of your busy schedules, fitting in a healthy meal can be a challenge. Instead of taking the time to prepare a meal, you might be more likely to grab food on the go, making it harder to choose healthy options to fuel your body. Enter: smoothies—the easiest way to get in your fruits and veggies! With less than 5 minutes of prep time, these recipes can be your breakfast, your post-workout snack, or even your dessert.

Green Grapefruit Smoothie GGS

Enjoy greens for breakfast with this delicious smoothie! Packed with superfoods, this recipe will keep you energized all day long.

Ingredients:

2 leaves kale, taken off the stems and chopped1 banana, frozen and peeled½ grapefruit (just the wedges and juice, not the skin)1 tablespoon chia seeds, soaked for 10-15 minutes1 cup water or coconut water

In a blender, combine the ingredients in the order they are listed. Pulse until smooth.

Recipe and photo from It’s a Veg World After All. 

Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 5.16.03 PMA perfect way to recover from a workout, this smoothie has 2 sources of protein coupled with a sweet berry flavor. Although most people get enough protein from their diet, some, such as vegetarians or athletes, may choose to add protein powders into their smoothies.

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Vega One)

Handful frozen raspberries1 tablespoon peanut butter

In a blender, combine ingredients and pulse until smooth.

Recipe and photo from It’s a Veg World After All. 

Sweet Potato and Walnut Dessert Smoothie

Filled with healthy fats and lots of flavor, this smoothie will satisfy both your hunger and your sweet tooth in one serving!

Ingredients:1 cup sweet potato, boiled and slightly mashed

1 frozen banana

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (substitute with another milk or even water)Sweet potato smoothiee

¼ cup chopped walnuts

½ inch chunk fresh ginger

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a blender, combine ingredients in the order they are listed. Pulse until smooth.

Recipe and photo from It’s a Veg World After All.  

Lizzie McManus is a first year graduate student at Drexel University pursuing her M.S. in Human Nutrition. She plans to become a registered dietitian specializing in plant-based and whole foods nutrition. 

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