3 Smoothies To Get You Through The Day

 Photography by Brooke Lark

Photography by Brooke Lark

 
 

When you’re constantly on the go, you need the right fuel to help you power through the day. Smoothies are a great choice when you need something quick and nutrient dense that won’t weigh you down. They make an easy breakfast for your commute or after a tough workout. Using freezer-safe mason jars, you can easily make and freeze these recipes over the weekend or when your busy schedule allows. When you’re ready to eat, just thaw overnight in the fridge and shake well before drinking.

The following smoothies offer a combination of complex carbs, healthy fats and plant-based protein making them a satisfying and nutritious choice for any time of the day.  

Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1

In the morning, it’s essential to eat soon after waking because the body has been fasting overnight. Breakfast is key to feeling balanced and clear-headed as you begin to tackle the day. Peaches and blueberries in this smoothie supply the body with fast energy. Pairing fruit with a healthy fat like tahini (sesame seed paste) will sustain your energy throughout the morning.

Using a blender, combine:

  • 2 cups of washed greens (e.g. kale, spinach, or chard)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 peach (peeled)
  • ¾ cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon tahini or hemp seeds

Add ice if enjoying right away, blend until creamy and enjoy!

Nutrition facts: 340 calories, 10g fat, 34g sugar, 12g protein. This smoothie is high in calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.

 

Veggie Voodoo

Serves 1 or 2

This smoothie eats more like a raw vegetable soup. Veggie voodoo is less sweet than traditional smoothies but there’s enough sugar in the vegetables to keep you alert and satisfied. Cucumber will hydrate you while the silica within its skin has great benefits for your skin. Lycopene in the tomato and the fat from the avocado also supply skin beautifying properties. Not only will you feel nourished and light, your skin will glow!

Try it for lunch with gluten-free crackers and an apple.

Using a blender, combine:

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small organic cucumber (keep the skin on!)
  • 1 cup de-stemmed kale
  • 1 avocado

Once well blended, squeeze in ½ to a whole lemon. You can even add hot sauce to kick it up a notch!

Nutrition Facts: 307 calories, 21g fat, 8g sugar, 8g protein. This smoothie is a great source of folate, potassium, vitamin C and copper.

 

The Sweaty Sister

Serves 1

Hydrate after a sweaty workout with this tropical vacation inspired smoothie. After exercise, you need to restore balance to your body through hydration and with electrolytes. Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes. Coconut water and chia seeds provide a lot of magnesium which your body needs for muscle function. This post-workout refresher will feed your cells all the goodness they need to regenerate and make you feel stronger than ever.

 

Using a blender, combine:

  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or canned)
  • 1 banana

Blend together the coconut water and fruit. Stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Let sit for at least 30 minutes allowing chia seeds to hydrate and expand. Note: Consuming unsoaked chia seeds could lead to chocking or dehydration as chia seeds pull in liquid. Studies show chia seeds can absorb up to 27 times their weight in water.

Nutrition facts: 416 calories, 10g fat, 43g sugar, 10g protein. This smoothie provides omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and magnesium. 

Enjoy!

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