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Meal Replacement Green Smoothie

A meal replacement green smoothie is a great way to load up on nutrients to fuel you through the day or your next adventure. This is a simple, tasty recipe that will help you make the healthiest fast food out there!Meal Replacement Green Smoothie

We believe that any time is a great time for a green smoothie.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, post workout fuel, late night munchies, etc— you name it! Our bodies crave (and need) vitamins and minerals all day long. Leafy greens and fresh fruit in a blended smoothie always makes for a great option.

Yet at certain times of day, our body needs different things to thrive.  Let’s take actual meals, like breakfast, lunch and dinner. These meals are super important— and can be easily swapped for a green smoothie. You just have to know the right way to do it, which we talk about below.

Green smoothies as a meal replacement?

Yep, we drink meal replacement green smoothies all the time. Sometimes it’s because we’re in a hurry and just want to down something asap.  Other times it’s because we’re trying to slim down (usually after the winter smorgasbord). Swapping a meal with a green smoothie can benefit you in these ways:

  • you’ll be more energized thanks to all the fresh, raw ingredients
  • they’re super quick to make and drink
  • less bloating than usual when eating a meal
  • it’ll help with weight loss

 

Meal Replacement Green Smoothie Boosters

The MOST important thing when blending green smoothies as a meal replacement is to include healthy fats AND proteins.

This combo will keep you feeling full and give you the energy you need to cruise right through ’til your next meal or snack. You can learn more about meal replacement boosters (with measurements) in this article, or try one out yourself with this delicious recipe below.

berry kale meal replacement green smoothie

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Meal on the Go Green Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Description

Healthy fats and proteins are the way to go if you want to power up with a meal replacement green smoothie. This combo of almond butter and rolled oats is a must to keep you feeling full and fuel you ’til your next meal. // serves 2


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 2 cups berries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter + ¼ cup rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Blend kale and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


Notes

*Use a frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

The Meal Replacement Green Smoothie Guide

Want to turn your own green smoothie recipes into meal replacements? We created a groovy little guide to help you out. Click here to get it now. 

 

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  1. jv

    October 5th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Can I replace the oats with protein powder vega one and also replace the almond butter with PB2 powder?

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    October 5th, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Hi JV,

    Of course! It’s all about what works best for you!! And swapping in protein powder + PB2 makes this recipe still the perfect meal replacement green smoothie!

    Cheers 🙂

  3. Ritz

    October 17th, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hi there!
    I would like to try one of your green smoothie recipes to help my skin get clearer and healthier. Could you suggest something? I am allergic to nuts, but oils (coconut is ok) and nut butters. Seeds are ok.
    Help!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    October 19th, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Hi Ritz,

    YES! Try my favorite recipe our SPA Skin Cleanser green smoothie! It’s packed with nutrients + healthy fats for beautiful skin!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/spa-skin-cleanser

    Also, check out our post on 5 tips for glowing skin here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-living/simple-ways-get-glowing-skin

    Cheers 🙂

  5. Jaz

    October 25th, 2015 at 10:30 am

    hihi,

    I am new to smoothies. When you say 2 cups of kale, roughly how many grams is that? And I do not like almond butter, is there anything I can replaced with?

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    October 26th, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Hi Jaz,

    Thanks for blendin’ with us! 2 cups of leafy greens = 60g. Not a fan of almond butter, no worries! Swap in another nut or seed butter you enjoy more!

    Cheers 🙂

  7. Tinaa

    October 28th, 2015 at 9:40 am

    can i use coconut milk instead of almond milk

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    October 28th, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Tinaa,

    Of course! We love switching up our liquid bases! Check out our other favorites here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  9. Leanne

    November 20th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Hi, I am after ideas (that don’t contain banana), that I can make up and drink later when I get to work
    Thanks
    Leanne

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    November 23rd, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Leanne,

    Not a fan of bananas? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Some great banana substitutes are mango, pear, papaya, unsweetened applesauce, fresh dates, and avocado (won’t add sweetness, but will add the creaminess we love from bananas).

    Check out our favorite banana-free recipes here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/banana-free-green-smoothie-recipes

  11. ian

    November 22nd, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Can I replace the expensive and harder to find almond butter, with the cheaper peanut butter?

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    November 23rd, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Ian,

    Of course! Peanut butter + almond butter occupy similar niches in a healthy diet, and can often substitute for the other in most recipes! We love nut butter made from almonds because it contains more vitamin E and iron than peanut butter, but we love both!

  13. Anisha

    November 27th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Can I substitute the kale for spinach?

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    November 30th, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Hi Anisha,

    Of course! We love switching up our leafy greens! Learn more about our favorites here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

  15. Frida

    November 29th, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Can i use this to replace my dinner?

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    November 30th, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hi Frida,

    Of course! Just know, your green smoothie will give you a great energy boost, similar to a cup of coffee – In case you plan on enjoying your Meal Replacement Green Smoothie late at night. Want to make other green smoothie recipes the perfect meal replacement? Check out our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

  17. YvonneB

    December 5th, 2015 at 2:13 am

    is it better to make green smoothies with water or almond milk? What the benefit between the two as far as weight loss?

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    December 5th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Yvonne,

    We love blendin’ with both almond milk + water. Almond milk is a lactose-free, warm flavored liquid that will provide you with vitamin E, protein, and fiber. Since it is lactose free it is easily digestible, and its even low in fat and cholesterol free. If possible, find an unsweetened kind of almond milk to stay away from the high amounts of sugar. Its a great base for those fall months!

    Water is essential for your body, and its simply good for you. Use water in your smoothies when you are looking for an easy, cheap, and simple base for your smoothie.

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  19. Jamie

    December 20th, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I have sensitivities to oats, what would be a good substitute for them in this recipe?

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    December 27th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Jamie,

    We’ve got you covered! We love oats for the boost of protein they add to our favorite recipes, so substituting chia seeds, almonds, almond butter or hemp protein are all great options!

    Learn more about our favorite plant-based protein options here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

    Cheers 🙂

  21. Kevin

    December 20th, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    What’s good for a diabetic.need low sugar and low carbs.

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    December 27th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Kevin,

    Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits.

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

    Hope that helps.

  23. Esbee

    January 4th, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    What’s the difference between rolled oats and quick oats? Can I use either in the smoothie?

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    January 5th, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Hi Esbee,

    Great question! The difference between steel-cut, rolled, and quick oats is simply how much the oat groat has been processed. Rolled oats look like flat, irregularly round, slightly textured discs. When processed, the whole grains of oats are first steamed to make them soft and pliable, then pressed to flatten them. Quick oats, also known as instant oats are the most processed of the three oat varieties. They are pre-cooked, dried, and then rolled and pressed slightly thinner than rolled oats. You can use instant + rolled oats interchangeably, and have similar nutritional value.

    Hope this helps!

  25. Gabrielle

    January 4th, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    How many calories are in this smoothie?

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    January 5th, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Hi Gabrielle,

    We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  27. M

    January 6th, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Hi,
    I just made my first smoothie. I made it without the nut butter did I miss a key nutrient or something.

    Really enjoyed it, can’t believe I’m full after one glass.

  28. SGS Rawkstar

    January 6th, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Hi M,

    Great question! We love adding almond butter + oats to this recipe because it fuels your body with the perfect combination of protein + healthy fats! Some great substitutes for nut butter in this recipe would be chia or flax seeds.

    Or try one of these combinations!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

    Hope this helps!

  29. Pierre

    January 10th, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Just to be clear, the oats are raw right? You don’t cook them first. Sorry for the silly question , new to smoothies

  30. SGS Rawkstar

    January 11th, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Pierre,

    That’s actually up to you! You can add dry oats, soaked oats, or even cooked oats to your smoothie. We usually
    recommend adding 2 tablespoons of dry oats or 1⁄4 cup of cooked oats to any green smoothie recipe. While cooked oats will take longer to prepare they create the creamiest smoothie, while you may find some grit when blending dry oats.

    Let us know what you decide!

  31. Debbie

    January 17th, 2016 at 8:18 am

    hi – I purchased your bookand regret not buying the hard-copy of your book. Barnes and Noble does not support PC’s or Macs for ebooks any longer.

  32. SGS Rawkstar

    January 21st, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Hi Debbie,

    Oh no! We’re so sorry to hear that. Are you no longer able to access your copy? If so, we suggest reaching out to their customer service department. Here is their contact information…

    https://help.barnesandnoble.com

  33. Sarah

    January 20th, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Hi!

    I saw that you could add chia seeds and oats to the smoothie if you’re making it a quick meal on the go, could you possibly do chia seeds and some whole fat plain greek yogurt, just as an alternative??

  34. SGS Rawkstar

    January 21st, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Hi Sarah,

    Of course you can! When using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Chia seeds and plain greek yogurt are two rawesome options. We personally don’t add dairy to our green smoothies, but it’s all about what works for you + your body.

    For more ideas, check out more of our meal replacement booster combos here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

  35. ChristmasPi

    January 20th, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve never enjoyed green smoothies but I thought I would give this one a try. With all due respect, I didn’t enjoy it very much, but that’s me.

    I did however amend this recipe based upon another smoothie that I drink.

    1 cup of uncooked oats
    2 cups milk
    2 cups spinach
    3 cups strawberries

    This tasted not to bad and the strawberries masked the spinach.

    I had two questions:

    1. I know you say have protein with each meal. Would the oats provide enough protein in this drink?

    2. Would this quantity of strawberries cause any risk of high blood sugar or diabetes?

    Thank you

  36. SGS Rawkstar

    January 21st, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hi ChristmasPi,

    Thank you so much for reaching out and taking the time to share your feedback! You’re right on, we suggest adding protein + healthy fats when using your green smoothie as a meal replacement. The combination of almond butter and oats in this recipe will ensure you’re fueling your body with the right nutrients and that your stomach is full and satisfied! Are you extra active? Then you might want to add additional protein in addition to your green smoothie such as a hard boiled egg, handful of nuts, or a side of lean protein. It’s all about knowing your body.

    Check out more of our meal replacement booster combos here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

    Worried about the natural sugars in our recipes? Each smoothie has 3 cups of fruit in it, and it is recommended that an adult has 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit a day. When you drink 16oz of our green smoothie recipe you will be meeting, or just under your daily intake for fruit. If you feel like that is too much fruit, feel free to do 2 cups of fruit in each smoothie with 3 cups of leafy greens.

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/fruit-and-vegetable-nutrition

    Hope that helps. Reach out with any questions!

    Cheers 🙂

  37. claire

    February 8th, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I tried this smoothie I enjoyed it but next time I would have it with water instead of almond milk. But it was yummy

  38. SGS Rawkstar

    February 9th, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks for reaching out + letting us know. We love switching up our liquid bases! Learn more about our favorites here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  39. sadia ali

    February 11th, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I need green smoothe recipe plez

  40. SGS Rawkstar

    February 11th, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Sadia,

    Thank you so much for reaching out! Looking for green smoothie recipes? We’ve got you covered! Check out our recipe page here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes

    Want even more? Join our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge (it’s FREE)! We share 30 days of green smoothie recipes, along with weekly shopping lists! Our next challenge kicks off on April 1st!!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/30-day-challenge

    Still not enough? Check out our new book! We’re sharing over 100 green smoothie recipes!!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/book

    Cheers!

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