Healthy Meal Replacement Smoothies

Smoothie recipes that are just as healthy as they are easy to make? 

These smoothies are packed with everything you need to get you to your next meal.

Heard of meal replacement smoothies? Smoothie meals offer a fast and tasty way to get nutrition into your body. They’re convenient and go anywhere you go—in the car, to the office, to the beach—and the right recipes can serve as breakfast, lunch, dinner or a healthful between-meal snack.

The green smoothie craze that swept the country a few years ago unleashed the power of green nutrition. People everywhere found they could lose weight, lower their blood pressure and discover other health benefits of the verdant, spinach-or kale-based drinks.

Today the smoothie meal bandwagon includes many more options. In fact you’re only limited by your imagination and your taste buds.

True Meal Replacement vs. Shake Snack

A meal replacement smoothie should provide as much nutrition as an actual meal. Some so-called meal-replacement shakes look and taste great, but they’re lacking essential nutrients, especially protein. Resist the temptation to just blend up berries and milk and call it a smoothie. That’s a treat not a meal. A true meal replacement includes protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

If your recipe doesn’t include a source of protein, go rogue and add your own. Try Love and Peas, Nutri-Burn®, Nature’s Harvest or an IN.FORM protein powder. Give your body the protein it needs along with key vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for daily health.

Meal Replacement Smoothie Recipes

These meal replacement smoothie recipes are super healthful and easy to make. Each one is packed with nutrition to get you to your next meal.

Fruit n Seeds Smoothie

3 strawberries (or a handful of blueberries or other soft fruit)
1 T Organic Flaxseed, ground
1 T Chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 scoop Nature’s Harvest
10 oz. organic milk (soy, coconut or almond)
Blend all ingredients and enjoy! For a sweeter flavor, add a little stevia.
TIP: Use frozen fruits to make your smoothie colder and thicker.

This option provides important omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber from flaxseed.

Protein Powders We Love…

Love and Peas provides 20 grams vegan protein per serving (2 scoops) plus 80% of the Daily Value of 16 vitamins and minerals! It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and lactose-free.

IN.FORM (whey, vanilla or soy) offers 20 grams protein per serving plus important amounts of 14 essential vitamins and minerals. Also provides 6 grams fiber and 2 grams phytosterols per serving for cardiovascular support.

Nutri-Burn® boasts 25 grams whey/casein protein per serving plus 60% of the Daily Value of 14 essential vitamins and minerals. Also features CLA, l-carnitine and green tea extract.

Nature’s Harvest contains 13 grams vegan protein per serving along with 75% of the Daily Value of 18 essential vitamins and minerals. It blends whole, green foods, nutritive herbs and more in a gluten-free option.

Super Green Dinner Smoothie

3 bananas, peeled
1 large mango, peeled and pitted
8 large strawberries
3 cups chopped dandelion greens
1 head green leaf lettuce (or equivalent spinach)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
8 oz. pure water

Add the liquid to your blender followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until creamy.

Provides many B vitamins plus vitamin K. It’s also rich in essential minerals. This green smoothie meal replacement recipe makes a large, 40-oz. smoothie with plenty of nutrition and calories to fuel your body for several hours. Drink half right away and consume the rest within an hour. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container for up to 24 hours. 

Chocolate/Peanut Butter Energy Booster

2 T cocoa powder
2 T peanut butter
8 oz. Greek yogurt
½ cup ice
1 banana

Mix peanut butter, cocoa, yogurt and ice in blender at high speed. Slice banana and blend in. Pour into two glasses. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for extra zip.

This one satisfies chocolate cravings without the sugar. It also provides protein and fats for satiety. For extra nutrition, add protein powder to taste before blending.

Orange Mango Sunshine Smoothie

1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 navel orange
2 tablespoons cashew butter (or almond, peanut, tahini)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon turmeric
l-glutamine (optional)

Combine ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth.

You’ll find this smoothie high in protein and healthful fats. Cinnamon and turmeric add a dynamic flavor combination that offers antioxidants and supports the body’s inflammatory response. It’s refreshing after a workout or first thing in the morning. 

Tropical Fruit Smoothie with Yogurt

1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.)
4 T plain Greek yogurt
1 banana
2 scoops protein powder
2 T ground flaxseed
1 or 1.5 cups almond milk

Place frozen fruit in the blender. Add yogurt, then banana, then protein powder, then flaxseed. Add almond milk last and blend. To thin this smoothie, add cold water or ice to preferred thickness.

Pineapple and banana offer a delightful tropical taste while Greek yogurt supplies protein and probiotics and helps you feel full.

Try your own combinations of fresh and healthful ingredients and see how great you can feel!

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