If you are on the go and adhering to a plant-based diet, don’t be satisfied with just a fistful of nuts. These smoothies are quick and easy to make and are rich in nutrients so you can feed and fuel your body without taking too much time out of your busy day.
- Banana Almond Smoothie with Chia seeds
2-3 tablespoons of almond butter
¾ c. almond milk
Drop of almond extract
Drop of honey, agave or date syrup
Combine and blend. Sprinkle chia seeds over on the top before serving.
This smoothie is chocked full of vitamins, protein and healthy fats. It will also fill you up in the morning and can provide a quick pick-up mid-day. Almonds are rich in protein, calcium and monosaturated fats. Bananas contain potassium which hydrates the body and regulates the heartbeat. Chia seeds are rightly called a superfood. They are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol, raise HDL levels of good cholesterol, and have antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and protect the body from damage.
- Orangey-Mint Smoothie
1 cup orange juice
1 spoon honey or agave nectar
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Garnish with an additional mint leaf. This smoothie has all of the Vitamin C and A you need for an entire day for just under 100 calories. It is a perfect way to get vegetables if you are on the go and don’t have time for steamed greens or to chop up ingredients for a salad. Carrots and oranges provide vitamins A and C that promote cell health, eyesight and boost the immune system. Vitamin C supports healthy collagen levels and has anti-aging properties. Oranges and carrots also are rich in antioxidants and prevent the degradation of cells.
- Probiotic Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
1 cup Good Belly Probiotic Shot Oat Milk
⅓ c. canned pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
½ tsp cinnamon
One small pinch clove
One small pinch allspice
One small pinch of ground ginger
Combine and blend. Welcome fall and improve your energy and gut health with this probiotic pumpkin spice smoothie. Not only are these herbs delicious, but ginger and cinnamon are energizing and have antioxidants, and provide health benefits. This smoothie has probiotic oat milk that helps your gut and promotes digestion. In addition, pumpkin is filled with vitamin A, boosts immunity, and helps eyesight.
- Hydrating Green Smoothie
1 cup spinach
One small green apple
1 cup coconut water
One tablespoon lemon juice
½ tablespoon fresh ginger
On a hot summer day or after a workout, not getting enough hydration can zap your energy. So stay hydrated and keep your energy levels up with this hydrating green smoothie. Coconut water contains electrolytes and can keep the body hydrated and functioning and its full potential. Athletes often use it during a workout to perform their best. Spinach is rich in vitamin E, supports the immune system, and can rid your body of toxins.
- Mint Chocolate chip Energy Smoothie
150 g. silken Tofu
A few splashes of soy or almond milk
3-4 vegan chocolate squares
One very ripe banana
Six fresh mint leaves
This smoothie seems like a dessert, but it can be better than a cup of coffee or tea to give you energy for the day. Chocolate contains caffeine but also cacao which has monosaturated fats and antioxidants that support immunity and heart health. Tofu is rich in protein to fuel the body, and potassium from the banana is good for hydration and heart health.
Nutrition on the Go
Smoothies are faster than meals and often provide as much or more nutrition. Whether you need hydration, a protein boost, or are looking for something that will promote gut health, try these smoothies anytime.
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