A meal replacement 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!
We believe that any time is a great time for a smoothie.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, post workout fuel, late night munchies, etc— you name it! Our bodies have some vicious cravings (and also 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.
Are Green smoothies a meal replacement?
Yep, we drink meal replacement 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
Is replacing a meal with a smoothie healthy?
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.
Do smoothies help you lose weight?
If you swap out a meal (or two) each day with a smoothie, there’s a good chance you’ll lose weight and also have more energy. This is due to the increased nutrition and decrease in overall calories. What’s even better than a smoothie is a green smoothie. When you add in leafy greens you’re adding fiber and phytonutrients… yet very few calories. Green smoothies are made with nutrient dense foods that curb cravings and keep you full longer.
I have a 7-Day Plant-Based Reset that includes 2 green smoothies a day, plus snacks and meals to help you lose weight, yet more importantly understand how to nourish your body so they weight falls of without ever feeling hungry.
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Healthy fats and proteins are the way to go if you want to power up with a meal replacement smoothie. This combo of almond butter and rolled oats is a must to keep you feeling full and fuel you ’til your next meal.
- 1 cup fresh kale
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1 cup berries
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tablespoons almond butter + 2 TBS rolled oats
- Blend kale and almond milk until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
*Use a frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.
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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 2.13.2020 | COMMENTS: 328