It's no secret we love smoothies. They're delicious, a great way to get in your fruits and veggies, and the perfect snack when you're on the go. Still, the fact of the matter is that they don't always fill us up. As delightful as they are to sip on, our stomachs are grumbling an hour or two later. When you're heading into an important presentation at the office or en route to do a kettlebell sesh at the gym, those hunger pains can be a major hindrance.
So next time you bust out the blender, consider one of these smoothies that will actually fuel you through.
Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie
This recipe from EatingWell tastes as decadent as your favorite childhood dessert, but it's actually a nourishing combination of protein and slow-burning carbs - making for a balanced breakfast. Plus, the coconut water offers electrolytes and potassium, which are both essential for ensuring you stay hydrated during a workout. Combine 1 cup of pure unsweetened coconut water with 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks, 3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate and 2 cups ice in a blender and process until the consistency is smooth. The recipe makes two servings so share with a friend or save the rest for later.
Tofu Fruit Smoothie
Whether you're on a dairy free diet or vegan, this recipe from Cooking Light is a tasty option. The addition of tofu not only gives the smoothie a rich consistency, but also ensures the drink will stick with you for longer. Put 1 cup frozen mixed berries and 1/2 cup white grape juice into a blender, then drizzle in 1 tablespoon honey. Add 1 ripe sliced banana and 1 12.3-ounce package of light silken tofu. Process until smooth and enjoy.
Gingery Berry and Oat Smoothie
Sip on this and you'll be giving your immune system a serious boost: Real Simple's recipe is chock full of antioxidants. First, place 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats in a blender with 1/2 cup water. Wait for the oats to soften for about 15 minutes and then add in 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt, 1/2 cup ice, 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger. Blend well until the mixture is frothy.
Green Goddess Smoothie
It's hard to believe that this super refreshing smoothie via Women's Health magazine is less than 200 calories per serving, considering how satiating and energizing it is. As an added bonus, you can get in multiple servings of veggies with this mixture. Blend 1 cup each of baby spinach and cucumber chunks with 1/2 of a ripe, pitted and peeled avocado. Add in 1 large peeled and chopped kiwi fruit, 1/2 cup frozen kefir or nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice and 1/4 cup mint leaves. If you're whipping this up for breakfast, you can also swap in Greek yogurt for froyo to up the protein content. Pulse the ingredients until completely liquefied.