10 Healthy Energizing Smoothie Recipes

10 Healthy Energizing Smoothie Recipes

June 18, 2018

"Proper hydration is a great way to detox, improve your skin, and contribute to overall wellness throughout the body, but it is also so easily forgotten. Smoothies contain lots of liquids that contribute to the 2.7 liters of water we’re supposed to be drinking every day."

Why Smoothies for Breakfast?

Looking for the perfect energizing smoothie recipe? We’ve got you!

We’re all about meals that taste good and are good for you, and these 10 recipes fit the bill.

Why smoothies for breakfast?

Breakfast smoothies (done right) can be incredibly beneficial for our health. But don’t take our word for it! Here are a few of the top reasons to have a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow.

Easily sneak in more fruits and veggies

We all know in the back of our minds that we’re supposed to get to that magic five servings of fruits and veggies every single day, but how many of us actually reach that number consistently? Having a smoothie in the morning will get you a giant leap closer to that number, and that means lots of extra vitamins and minerals that your body will thank you for!

Improved digestion

If you have any kind of digestion issues whatsoever, smoothies can be a great way to help out your system. Since the smoothie essentially “chews” your food for you, most of the digestive burden is taken off of you and the nutrients are absorbed much more quickly and easily. This can be a double-edged sword, though—fast absorption is one big reason why we need to make sure our smoothies aren’t just sugar in disguise!

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Proper hydration is a great way to detox, improve your skin, and contribute to overall wellness throughout the body, but it is also so easily forgotten. Smoothies contain lots of liquids that contribute to the 2.7 liters of water we’re supposed to be drinking every day, according to Dr. Oz.

Protect against free radical damage

The fruits and veggies that your smoothies should be loaded up with contain a host of antioxidants. These antioxidants are extremely helpful in protecting against free radical damage in the body.

Super Sonic Energy

We promised you some energizing smoothie recipes, and energizing smoothie recipes are what you’re going to get! All of the ingredients in the recipes below are perfect for sustained, natural energy throughout your morning or workout.

Helpful for weight loss

Provided you are adding in the right ingredients, smoothies can be immensely helpful in getting rid of unwanted weight. This article goes into the best—and worst—smoothie ingredients for weight loss.

Take a look at the tips below to make sure you aren’t actually sabotaging your weight loss efforts with your morning smoothies!

Get the Most Bang for Your Smoothie Buck

Smoothies for breakfast are a great way to start the day, but make sure you aren’t sabotaging yourself later on by avoiding these pitfalls!

Making rabbit food smoothies

A lot of the time when we think of a breakfast smoothie, we think of a single piece of fruit—maybe a banana—and then some veggies and OJ. Imagine if that’s all you’d had for breakfast this morning…you wouldn’t be full for long!

Not adding in enough protein and fats

This goes along with the pitfall above. The way to avoid drinking a “rabbit food” smoothie is by adding in lots of healthy fats and protein! All of the smoothies below check this box. Healthy fats and protein are going to be energizing for much longer and keep you satiated throughout the morning.

A few of our favorite protein/fat add-ins

Making something you know you won’t like

For example, if you hate kale, don’t make a kale-based smoothie! It sounds so simple, but it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and convince yourself you’ll “make yourself like it.” Just go with something you do enjoy!

Drinking your sugar

Because we’re trying to make breakfast, not dessert! Your smoothie isn’t going to be “energizing” for long if it’s pure sugar. Sugar sneaks into smoothies in all sorts of ways, from huge helpings of fruit to sugary yogurt to protein powders, not to mention added sugar. Do what you can to cut out all of the added sugar and use ingredients that taste good without needing to be over-sweetened.

Not knowing yourself

Some people can feel completely satisfied drinking a smoothie for breakfast…some can’t. According to one study, people tend to feel less satiated when they drink their calories rather than chewing them, even when the nutritional content is the exact same. Even though the smoothies below are loaded up with filling and satisfying ingredients, some people just won’t be content drinking their breakfast. Just be aware if you are one of those people! If not, no worries—you can still enjoy these smoothies as an energizing pre- or post-workout snack or a healthy dessert.

Side note: if you are using these smoothies as a pre-workout meal, try drinking them an hour or so before you start your workout to give your body adequate absorption time. Everyone’s body is different, though, so adjust that time if that hour leaves you feeling hungry or like there’s a rock in your stomach!

Getting Your Kitchen Ready

You’re probably reading this article because you’re ready to make a nutritious change in your life, and you want your breakfast to work towards your health goals! That’s fantastic, and it’s definitely worth a little bit of prep work.

Step 1: Invest in a high-quality blender

This new change is going to be a lot easier (and more enjoyable!) if your blender is up to the challenge. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself a little bit here—studies show that people who invest financially in their goals are more likely to reach them!

Top blender picks for 2018

Budget: Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender ($37 on Amazon)

Mid-Range: Ninja Professional Blender ($119 on Amazon)

Luxury: Vitamix 5200 ($449.95 on Amazon)

Be on-the-go ready

One of the beautiful things about smoothies is that they are so great for breakfast on the run. But that’s only a perk if you have a nice to-go cup for your smoothies! Be sure to get one that’s stainless steel, like this one. If you prefer to drink your smoothies through a straw, just pop a reusable one like one of these in your new tumbler. It’s good for the environment and your wallet!

Go shopping

You can’t make a smoothie if you don’t have the ingredients! If you plan on having a smoothie every morning, start out by picking two smoothies from below that sound the best to you and get the ingredients for those. Just seeing all of the vibrant, healthy ingredients in your fridge and in the cabinet will be motivating in the morning!

#1 Perfect Green Smoothie

This recipe, adapted from a smoothie by Deliciously Sprinkled, contains some deliciously healthy ingredients, without all the added sugar that green smoothies can sometimes have.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango

  • ½ cup sliced avocado

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple

  • 1 banana

  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds

#2 Fit Goddess Chocolate Smoothie

Trying to reach some fitness goals on the side? Let this smoothie pump up those muscles with protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats! Great for breakfast or post-workout.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium frozen banana

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

  • 1/2 medium avocado

  • A pinch of Stevia

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 tbsp nut butter

  • 1 tbsp cacao

  • 1 packet of SUTRA Black

  • extra cocoa powder to garnish

#3 Chocolatey-Matcha “Long Day Ahead” Smoothie

Matcha is bursting with antioxidants for the focus and energy you need when you’ve got a lot on your plate! This smoothie recipe is adapted from Whole Food Bellies and contains everything you need for maximum energy and rejuvenation.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 avocado, pitted

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled (preferably frozen)

  • A pinch of Stevia (or more, to taste)

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter, sub in sunflower butter for allergies

  • 1 tsp matcha powder

  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1 serving SUTRA Black

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

#4 Super Decadent Almond Butter Shake

This thing (adapted from Green Blender) is loaded up with healthy fats, meaning you’ll feel satisfied and full for a heck of a long time afterwards. Just keep an eye on your fat intake for the rest of the day and you’ll be golden!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz baby spinach

  • 1 banana - peeled

  • 1/2 avocado - pitted

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs

  • 2 tbsp coconut cream

  • 1 cup water (use coconut water for extra nutrients and electrolytes!)

  • 1 cup ice

#5 Coconutty Chai Island Breakfast Smoothie

Tryna take a beach vacation, but can’t quite get to the ocean today? That’s okay, this smoothie will take you part of the way there! We adapted it from this recipe. Sunblock is optional.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 cup prepared SUTRA Gold, cooled

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 tsp coconut flakes

  • ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • Scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Maca is a superfood with some incredible benefits, from boosting sports performance to possibly increasing fertility to improving mood. Why not do yourself a favor and whip up a smoothie containing this powerful ingredient? Here’s the recipe from Green Blender.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas - peeled

  • 1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder

  • 2 tsp maca powder

  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter

  • 2 tbsp coconut cream

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup ice


#7 PB&J In a Glass

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of antioxidants and healthy fats, look no further! If you have a peanut allergy, just sub almond or sunflower butter instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk

  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries

  • 1 cup of frozen acai berries (or your favorite berry)

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

 

#8 Freshly Minted Berry Smoothie

This smoothie, adapted from this recipe from the Vitamix website, combines the antioxidant power of berries with the refreshing taste of mint. Perfect for staying cool on those warm summer mornings!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk

  • 2 kiwis, peeled

  • A pinch of stevia (to taste)

  • 1 cup (70 g) kale, chopped

  • 1 cup (50 g) mint leaves

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups (280 g) frozen mixed berries

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

#9 Youthful Glow Green Smoothie

Stay glowing and energized all day long with this nutrient-rich green goddess smoothie adapted from Modern Honey! Its healthy benefits are, in large part, due to the huge amount of greens you’re sneaking in first thing in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 2 Handfuls (approximately 2 cups) Kale or Power Greens Mix

  • 2 Handfuls (approximately 2 cups) Baby Spinach

  • 1 squeezed grapefruit

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

  • ½ cup coconut cream

  • ½ Cucumber

  • 6 walnuts

  • 1 frozen Banana

Optional:

  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, grated

#10 Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Smoothie

It tastes like something from Dairy Queen, but it contains all the nutrients of a perfect breakfast smoothie. The cinnamon is a power player when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels balanced, and the hearty servings of oats, Greek yogurt, and SUTRA Black offer a host of benefits each (adapted from Steph’s Bite by Bite).

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oats

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 container greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon cacao

  • 1 serving SUTRA Black

  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk

  • 1/2 of a frozen banana

  • 5 ice cubes

Optional

  • ½ scoop of your favorite protein powder

Welcome to your New Healthy Obsession

Try out a couple of the smoothies above—you’ll be glad you did. These energizing smoothie recipes are chock-full of superfoods, antioxidants, healthy fats, and plant power. We dare you to find a better way to start the day!

Want to try out one of the SUTRA-containing smoothies but don’t have any SUTRA yet? Allow us to change your life—keep scrolling to find out more!

Keep scrolling to learn more about how you can get some of this mouth-watering coffee replacement.

Our SUTRA Gold is a delicious antioxidant rich golden milk that boosts your energy naturally through the use of healing superfoods without the negative effects of caffeine. In fact it tastes like a smooth and flavorful chai latte. It’s the perfect way to start each day or use as an afternoon pick-me-up. Add this delicious wellness superfood to your daily routine in place of coffee or to lessen your daily intake of caffeine.

We combined inflammation fighting turmeric, energy-boosting maca powder, soothing ginger, gut-healing coconut milk, cinnamon /black pepper for a metabolism boost, and vanilla/ stevia for a touch of sweetness.


SUTRA Black is a delicious activated charcoal detox drink that boosts energy naturally through the use of healing superfoods, without negative effects of caffeine and tastes like a smooth and flavorful hot cocoa. It's the perfect way to start each day or use as an afternoon pick-me-up. Add this delicious wellness superfood to your daily routine in place of coffee or to lessen your daily intake of caffeine.

It contains cacao for natural energy, activated charcoal for a deep detox, reishi for increased memory function, coconut milk for gut health, cinnamon/cayenne for a metabolism boost, vanilla/stevia for a touch of sweetness.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jenna Martin

I’m a college lifestyle blogger on a mission to inspire other college kids to seek out adventure and live healthy, positive lives. Ever since about tenth grade I’ve been obsessed with all things health and fitness, and I love teaching what I’ve learned. In my free time you’ll probably find me writing, lifting, or doting on my handsome cat. Click here if you want to know more!

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