Nowadays, it seems like every one is in such a hurry! And, many times, being in a hurry can cause us to make very bad food choices. It’s not that we WANT to make bad food choices, but when the only option you have is fast food and you’re already behind schedule, it almost seems like fast food is the only option – ALMOST! Then, along came the wonderful, delicious smoothie!
Smoothies have saved the day for me more than you’ll ever know!! When I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to make a juice or a meal, I’ll grab whatever fruit and veggie is laying around, toss it in the blender with a few ice cubes, and BAM! – I’m done in less than 5 minutes. In my opinion, that’s quicker than most fast food lines nowadays!! Smoothies are a win-win option because they’re fast, easy, and nutritious! Plus, all you need is a blender!
Here are some amazing and SIMPLE smoothie recipes I’ve gathered for you guys as a quick reference. Be sure to bookmark this page – you’ll be amazed how often you’ll refer back to it!
#1 – Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
If you need to satisfy a sweet/chocolate tooth, you MUST try this simple Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie by Girl Makes Food! It’s so rich and smooth that you won’t even be thinking about that Snickers bar when you finish it!
Drink it as a morning meal or an afternoon delight!
Talk about filling! If you’re really looking for something to sustain your energy for hours, you’ll definitely want to check out this smoothie. The essential fatty acids in the avocado will ensure fullness for hours while the mango will provide instant energy!
You can find this recipe at: Eat Yourself Skinny
This is another one of those smoothies that’ll keep you full for hours because of the omega-3’s in the chia seeds. But, what makes this smoothie so special is its high amounts of Vitamin C!
If you really need to boost your immune system, you’ll really enjoy this concoction. Plus, one serving contains approximately 10g of fiber!
Find this recipe at: Fit Sugar
This smoothie is for the coconut and ginger lovers out there – that’s me! It kind of reminds me of a skinny colada. You could even add a splash of pineapple!
I recommend this smoothie for special occasions and indulgences. It’s so rich and creamy (but without the fat) that you’ll want to sip on this while lounging by the pool or watching your favorite show!
Find recipe at: For The Love Of Food Blog
If you’re looking to detox, this smoothie will do wonders, especially if you replacement it for one meal per day!
The combination of spinach, citrus juice, and coconut water is perfect for assisting the body in detox. The spinach provides chlorophyll while the lime and lemon juices help to dissolve mucus in the body. Drink it up and watch the pounds melt off!
Find recipe at: Liv Life
This is a smoothie I drink pretty often, especially as a meal replacement for breakfast. I love it because I can prepare it in less than 5 minutes and ALWAYS feel a jolt of energy after drinking it.
- 2 over-ripe bananas (with spots)
- handful of any berry
- 1-2 handfuls of any leafy green (I prefer spinach)
BLEND & ENJOY!!
When watermelon season begins, I’m always in front of the line! I absolutely LOVE watermelon – juice it, blend it, eat it – you name it! Watermelon is one of the most hydrating fruits out there. If you’re looking for something extremely refreshing in the hot summer months, you can not go wrong with this watermelon smoothie.
Plus, the addition of mint adds even more of a “cooling” effect to the body!
Find recipe at: NY Times
Here’s another filling smoothie recipe for ya! This recipe is bursting with filling, healthy fats from the avocado while also providing antioxidants and Vitamin C from the strawberries.
Whether you need an afternoon pick-me-up (instead of coffee) or a meal replacement for breakfast, I’m positive you’ll enjoy this recipe.
Find recipe at: All Women Stalk
Are you ready for one of the best summer smoothies EVER! If you love orange cream anything, you’re going to absolutely love this simple and refreshing recipe!
The oranges are going to provide you a huge amount of Vitamin C while the greens will ensure proper mineral balance and chlorophyll intake. Must try!
Find recipe at: All Women Stalk
This is called the ultimate green smoothie for a really good reason. It provides you with the perfect amount of greens and fruit sugars to ensure proper energy and nutrient balance. Plus, it’s extremely filling thanks to the amazing addition of the avocado.
Many have found much success in weight loss by replacing one meal per day with a smoothie. If you’re going to do so, I suggest a smoothie similar to this one. It’s very well balanced in terms of nutrition.
Find recipe at: Power of Positivity
#11 – Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
Surprisingly, this strawberry shortcake smoothie recipe is much more balanced in terms of nutrition than others I’ve seen, which is exactly why I wanted to post it.
In addition to the obvious ingredients, such as strawberries, it also includes flaxseeds and maca powder. Flaxseeds will ensure sustained energy and fullness while the maca powder is amazing for mental clarity and endurance. This smoothie would be a wonderful breakfast replacement!
Find recipe at: All Women Stalk
This is a very simple green detox smoothie. One thing I want people to understand is that in order to detox, you don’t have to go on a very restricted juice fast (although they are wonderful).
You can start the detox process very slowly (which makes detox symptoms more bearable) by replacing one meal per day with a smoothie.
Find recipe at: Spearmint Kitchen
This recipe is a little more complex than the other smoothie recipes listed here, but it’s chock full of fat dissolving greens and herbs!
Start burning those fat cells with this green-filled smoothie recipe!
Find recipe at: The Green Smoothie Challenge
Don’t be fooled by the color! This smoothie is FULL of essential fatty acids and protein. Sure, the berries and beets provide tons of vitamins, but the hemp and chia seeds will ensure you sustained energy and clarity for hours.
This is another smoothie recipe that is well balanced in terms of nutrition and could easily serve as a meal replacement.
Find recipe at: Recipe Renovator
Hello Beautiful! This smoothie recipe is gorgeous and would be fantastic for breakfast. The combination of bananas and cinnamon makes my taste buds go crazy!
So simple with only 3 ingredients yet so satisfying.
I think I may have this smoothie tomorrow morning!
Find recipe at: Teri Leventhal
Many of these smoothie recipes contain 4 ingredients or less, which mean you can whip up a quick smoothie in less than 5 minutes! Smoothies are great for children as well – it’s a great way for them to get their daily intake or fruits and veggies. Personally, I make my boyfriend smoothies regularly. Otherwise, he’d probably never get his daily intake of produce!!
What I recommend: Purchase a few mason jars and prep the smoothies the night before for the entire family. It’s much quicker that way!