Having the time to make sure you are getting adequate amounts of nutrition is not easy when you are busy. Regardless if you are a mother, a full-time employee, or are simply just working on a jam-packed schedule, we understand how hard it can be to have time to sit down and eat a whole meal, whether we are talking about breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Thus, to make sure you are still getting all of the healthy ingredients implemented into your daily routine, we are going to provide some Healthy smoothie recipes that are easy to follow. No matter where you are going or what you have planned, you can have a smoothie to kick-start your day or to wake you up in the afternoon. Hence we present to you:
Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Any Occasion
Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie
Our first option is inherently simple and only requires three ingredients. It takes about 10 minutes to make and will improve your bone health, heart health, and lower your blood pressure. The only ingredients you will need is:
- A ¾ cup of nonfat plain yogurt
- A ½ cup of 100% pure fruit juice
- 1 and ½ cups (6.5 ounces) of frozen fruit
Depending on what type of fruit you prefer, this smoothie can be sweet or not-so-sweet at all. We suggest using blueberries, raspberries, pineapples, or peaches. However, obviously that is up to you! This smoothie’s serving size is about 2 cups and is 279 calories per serving.
This recipe is simple, easy-to-follow, and quick. It is perfect to implement into your daily routine as a healthy staple. Try it out today!
Spinach, Peanut Butter, and Banana Smoothie
Our second option is a little more complex, but includes multiple food groups. And as we know, banana and peanut butter smoothies are quite popular. However, we wanted to spice it up by adding another ingredient: spinach.
The reason why is because we have found that using smoothies is a great way to incorporate vegetables into your diet without having to implement them into a sit-down meal. This smoothie takes 5 minutes to make, it has a 1.5 cup serving size and has about 324 calories per serving. On the other hand, the smoothie has high levels of protein, calcium, and potassium. Thus, making this recipe an excellent option for a healthy smoothie.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1 Cup of Spinach
- 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 cup of plain kefir
To blend the smoothie ingredients, add kefir first, then peanut butter, then spinach, banana, and honey. Make sure to blend until it’s smooth for the best tasting smoothie possible. Enjoy!
Anti-Inflammatory Cherry-Spinach Smoothie
Next, we present to you a healthy yet equally delicious option! This anti-inflammatory smoothie will offer you antioxidants, heart-healthy fats, and ways to lessen levels of inflammation in your gut. This smoothie takes about 5 to 10 minutes to make, so it is a great option for a quick breakfast or lunch. You will just need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of frozen cherries
- ½ cup of baby spinach leaves
- ¼ cup mashed ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon salted almost butter
- 1 (½ inch) piece peeled ginger
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional: add extra for garnish!)
- 1 cup of plain low-fat kefir
This smoothie has a creamy base and is rather sweet due to the implementation of cherries and kefir. Moreover, the use of avocado, spinach, and almond butter provide relief from inflammation and can be used as a way to incorporate more healthy-fats and vegetables into your diet.
The serving size is about 1 and ¾ cups and has about 410 calories in each. If you struggle with inflammation or bouts of low energy throughout the day, this is a great option for you!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Protein Shake
If you have a true sweet tooth, you will really love this one! And not just does this smoothie taste delicious, but it also can serve as a large source of protein in your diet. Unlike other Healthy smoothie recipes, however, we are not going to be using protein powder. You can get your intake of protein naturally, using ingredients like soymilk, greek yogurt, and peanut butter.
Thus, to get you started, here are the ingredients you will need:
- ¾ cup of sliced frozen banana
- ½ cup of reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla soymilk
The serving size of this recipe is 2 cups and comes in at about 402 calories in each cup. Although this option is a bit higher in caloric makeup than the other options we have provided in this article. This smoothie still offers a great source of protein and energy throughout your day. Try it out and kick-start your routine with a delicious and healthy treat!
Now that you have some options for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we wanted to make sure to note that all of these recipes can be altered to fit your dietary needs and restrictions. Be creative and implement foods that you love.
When incorporating healthy foods into your diet, it is important to include foods that you like and that serve your body well. On the other hand, if you fail to implement foods you enjoy eating, healthy living will feel like a chore. One of the most important aspects of health and wellness is falling in love with the journey. So be sure to eat foods that you like, do exercises you enjoy, and make sure you are prioritizing time to take care of yourself.
Wellness begins inward, so be sure to make sure you are getting the correct amount of nutrients, water, and treating your body with care. Start your day the right way and indulge in a smoothie.
For more tips, recipes, and wellness tricks, check out our blog. We are providing content surrounding women’s lifestyle and the promotion of women’s health. We hope you enjoy your wellness journey… until next time!
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