10 Healthy Energizing Smoothie Recipes

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.

Here are 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!

Here are our 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!

Top 10 Energizing Smoothies of 2018

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

6. Sunflower Maca Smoothie

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 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 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 addiction!
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!
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