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19 June 2020 | 5 min read

10 Healthy Smoothies To Make When You’re Too Busy to Cook

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You’re busy. We get it. But being busy should not get in the way of fueling your body with wholesome, nutritious food. Being busy is when you need proper nutrition the most! In fact, according to us nourishing our bodies with real food should be just as exciting as ordering a meal at your favourite restaurant and that is where a good smoothie recipe comes in handy. 

Now let’s be real: As much as we’d love to, we can’t always make the time to cook up a delicious masterpiece. But what we can always make time for is throwing a few simple ingredients into a blender and pouring ourselves a glass of something that’s super nutritious and tastier than a milkshake.

So next time you encounter a lack of time standing in the way of nutritious meals, try whipping together some smoothies. They are not just fantastic meal replacements but will also prevent you from making too many online food deliveries. But wait—we are not talking about those fruit-only smoothies loaded with sugar and carbs. Instead, these nutrient-dense smoothies pack a solid dose of protein, fat and fibre to keep us feeling full and energized for hours on end. These smoothies come together in minutes, can be taken on the go and made up in advance. What’s not to love?

Here are seven smoothie recipes that make fantastic meal replacements. They all take less than five minutes to make, are super delicious and produce two servings so you can store one in the fridge for later. Go ahead and bookmark this page now because this is one you will always come back to!

Get your ingredients sorted here.

Apple & Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Skimmed milk, chilled – 1 cup
  • Apples, frozen – 1, sliced
  • Strawberries – 1 cup, chopped
  • A handful of kale (if available)
  • Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
  • Vanilla essence – ½ tsp

Method 

In a blender, combine the milk and all ingredients, and blend until smooth. 

Ginger & Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Banana – 1, chopped
  • Curd – ¾ cup
  • Fresh ginger – 2 tsp, chopped
  • Honey – 1 Tbsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp (optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Health Packed Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Tender spinach leaves – 2 cups, chopped
  • Green apple – 1, chopped
  • Coconut water – ½ cup
  • Fresh lemon juice – 2 Tbsp
  • Minced fresh ginger – ½ tsp
  • Honey – 1 tsp
  • Ice cubes – 5-7

Method

In a blender, puree all ingredients to a smooth consistency. Serve with a mint leaf.

Tangy Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Apple juice – 1 cup
  • Curd – ½ cup
  • Rolled oats – 2 tsp
  • Mixed nuts – 2 Tbsp
  • Cinnamon – ¼ tsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Ice cubes – 5-7

Method

In a blender, process all ingredients and enjoy.

Mixed Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • Banana – 1, chopped
  • Mixed berries of choice – 2 cups, frozen
  • Soy milk – 1 ½ cups
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Honey – 1 tsp

Method

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. 

The Ultimate Post-Workout Green Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • Two servings vanilla protein powder
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ½ avocado
  • One frozen banana
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed

Method

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Divide between glasses and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • One frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds

Method

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Divide between glasses and enjoy!

Orange Immunity Booster Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
  • Two navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 tbsp raw organic honey
  • Two servings vanilla protein powder

Method

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Divide between glasses and enjoy!

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Ingredients

  • One large raw carrot, sliced (or shred if you don’t have a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix)
  • One frozen medium ripe banana
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ¾ cup light coconut milk, plus more if necessary (use any milk you’d like)
  • ¼ cup plain greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • One tablespoon pecan butter or almond butter
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Method

In a sizeable high-powered blender, add in all ingredients and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are well combined. If necessary, add in more almond milk to thin the smoothie. 

Cherry Cacao Be Well Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder 
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. medium-chain triglycerides oil
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • Handful of spinach 
  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • Cacao nibs 

Method

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend to desired consistency. If you use fresh cherries, add a few ice cubes to cool. Top with Cacao nibs to taste.

Tips

  • Use frozen fruit, not ice, to get a thicker consistency. This also preserves the blades of the blender
  • Buy a good blender that will stand the test of time. You can find an extensive collection here
  • Incorporate healthy toppings such as sliced almonds, black chia seeds, or flax seeds to add rich antioxidants and texture. We recommend Whole Food’s bulk aisle for picking up small portions
  • Other alternatives for coconut water include – Kefir milk, Greek yoghurt, almond milk, organic whole milk, or your favourite juices
  • Other alternatives for kale include – spinach, beets, swiss chard, or collard greens
  • Use a space-saving blender with a sports lid, such as the one from Wonderchef so you can take with you on-the-go

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by Adii Dande
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