Smoothies are a great way to get some vital nutrients, enjoy a cold beverage, and recharge after a long workout or a tough day. Typically, many cafes and bakeries offer morning smoothies, detox ones, protein ones, and so on, but the reality is not all of them are truly the healthiest options. That’s because businesses want to offer you a product that tastes good and that will keep you coming back for more, which usually includes a ton of added sugars – sometimes in the form of fruits, other times in the form of agave syrup or honey.
Now, if you’re looking to make the best and healthiest smoothies in your life, you will likely need some advice on what to include and how much to put in the blender of each ingredient so that the drink is the optimal amount of healthy and delicious. Luckily, we’re here to help you achieve just that, so keep on reading for the healthiest smoothie recipes.
The Healthiest Smoothie Recipes You Can Find
For a smoothie to be the most healthy one possible, it needs to be nutritious and have at least one superfood. That’s why it has to contain a source of healthy fats, good carbohydrates, and, of course, protein, while the superfoods can differ based on your needs- it could be maca powder, a green superfood, and even some cocoa beans. In the paragraphs below, we will be giving you some of our favorite recipes for healthy smoothies as well as general recommendations on how to make them so that you can get the best possible taste.
Protein Power Smoothie
This one is ideal for your post-workout shake, as it packs a ton of protein, loads of antioxidants, little to no fats, and an excellent superfood to help with recovery. To make it, you do need flavored powder protein – vanilla, birthday cake, or cookies and cream are the best options here. The other ingredients you will need include low-fat or plant-based milk, some frozen fruit, and a teaspoon of chia seeds. The amount of each ingredient you use depends on how much you want to make – if you’re making the smoothie for you and a friend, you’re going to need more, and if it’s a single serving, you will need less.
After you have everything that you need, you have to add all of your ingredients to a blender and mix until it’s all well combined. You can add some ice cubes if you want to make it colder and thicker.
The Meal Replacement One
If you’re hungry and short on time, you will likely want a smoothie that will keep you sat for at least a few hours. And this one will do exactly that with a blend of healthy fats, good carbs, and a ton of protein. One of the recipes that we often like includes milk or a plant-based alternative, two scoops of your favorite protein powder (best to choose vanilla or chocolate), a whole banana, a tablespoon of green powder or one cup of spinach, two tablespoons of your favorite nut butter and a tablespoon of cocoa nibs.
Place all of the ingredients in your blender and mix until it’s all well combined. It’s good to add your nut butter and the nibs after everything else is all mixed, especially if your blender is not the most powerful. This shake gets pretty thick, so you don’t really need ice unless you want to make it colder.
The Superfood Shake
If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, or you simply want to have your vegetables in a more fun and tasty way, then this is the shake for you. With it, you will forget you’re eating healthy, and it may easily become your favorite drink for the summer. It’s easy to make and delicious tasting, especially when you consider all of the superfoods that it packs. For the recipe, you will need to get half a cup of beets, one tablespoon of flaxseed, one scoop of protein powder, half a cup of cherries, blueberries, and strawberries, one ripe banana, a cup of spinach and water for your desired consistency.
Again, we put all of our ingredients in the blender and wait for it to do its magic. Here, you can add ice to make it thicker and colder, but the recipe tastes great even without it.
These are only three of our favorite smoothie recipes that we hope you try out and love. Regardless, if you follow the formula we shared – one good source of carbohydrates, a source of healthy fats, some protein, and a superfood, you will be able to make all sorts of healthy smoothies at home, even without having to look for specific recipes. Just combine your favorite protein powder, some good frozen fruits, and a few superfood ingredients, and you will see that it works like magic. And if you want to share with us some of your favorite smoothie recipes, please make sure to leave us a comment down below – we’d love to test them.