Eating breakfast isn’t always an option, especially if you’re dieting, in a rush to get out the door, or getting ready to work out. Smoothies are a great substitute for solid food because they have many health benefits, prevent you from becoming sluggish, and can be consumed on the go.
There are endless combinations of ingredients that you can use in your smoothies. I recommend staying away from artificial sweeteners and animal products. Most fruits and some vegetables are naturally sweet, while dairy is linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers.
Plant-based milk substitutes and protein powders are much lower in fat and higher in nutrients than cow’s milk and animal-based protein powders. In addition, vegan protein powders are packed with essential amino acids and other nutrients that prevent chronic health conditions. Check out this list of the top plant-based protein powders you can use in any and all of these 15 delicious smoothies that will get your morning off to the right start!
1. Blueberry, spinach, & protein
Blueberries are a superfood that reduce inflammation and can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. They are packed with potassium, vitamin C, and a bunch of antioxidants. Spinach is rich in vitamin K, calcium, vitamin C, fiber, and many more nutrients that keep you energized and support healthy bones.
In addition to all these health benefits and the energy boost you’ll get, this deliciously refreshing smoothie is creamy and packed with rich flavor!
2. Blackberry basil
Blackberries are another wonder of nature that prevent cancer and are rich in antioxidants, whereas basil helps fight the harmful effects of aging. This smoothie also includes kiwi, which boosts the immune system, pear, which contains fiber, and pineapple, which reduces inflammation.
This smoothie is great for those who aren’t crazy about throwing green stuff—like spinach or kale—in their drinks but still want those great health benefits and that much-needed morning kickstart!
3. Banana, PB, & oats
Packed with good carbs, potassium, protein, and fiber, this deliciously rich smoothie is perfect as a natural pre-workout replacement. Carbs fuel your body, and bananas metabolize carbs, so skip the caffeine and opt for this antioxidant-packed smoothie that promotes heart health, digestive health, low cholesterol, and natural energy!
Bananas also remove toxins from your liver and kidneys, help maintain a healthy nervous system, and help your body absorb iron more efficiently!
4. Dragon fruit, mango, & banana
If just the color of this smoothie alone doesn’t convince you to drink it, then its amazing health benefits certainly will! Dragon fruit naturally contains no fat, promotes healthy bones, and contains those omega-3 acids that are essential to your well-being.
On the other hand, mangoes contain vitamin C to boost your immunity, fiber to reduce bloat and aid digestion, and vitamin A to maintain healthy vision!
5. Blueberry, avocado, & spinach
This fruit, veggie, and protein powder combo is great to drink after an early-morning workout to recover your muscles and restore your energy. Packed with superfoods, protein, and fiber, this deliciously rich smoothie is filling and effective in regulating your metabolism.
This smoothie includes chia seeds, which promote weight loss, and contains plenty of good carbs, fiber, and bone nutrients.
6. Kale piña colada
If you’re averse to blending and drinking green stuff, this amazing kale piña colada is the perfect opportunity for you to change your mind. Incredibly sweet, balanced, and packed with nutrients, this instant favorite will stay at the top of your rotation permanently!
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and is loaded with powerful antioxidants that can prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce depression and arthritis symptoms, and so much more.
7. Strawberry, watermelon, & cucumber
This tasty and crisp smoothie contains plenty of vitamins, potassium, and antioxidants that prevent chronic disease and reduce muscle soreness. Just 5 large strawberries contain all the daily vitamin C you need, while watermelon promotes heart health and cucumbers balance your hydration.
This smoothie also contains raw cashews, which add creaminess and serve as an excellent source of fiber, protein, and healthy fat!
8. Banana, PB, & chocolate protein
This protein-rich smoothie is perfect for getting your day started because peanut butter strengthens your bones and gives your body an energy boost! This smoothie also includes pure maple syrup, which is a healthy natural sweetener that contains more nutrients and fewer calories than honey.
Opt for chocolate plant-based protein powder instead of cocoa powder to maximize your nutrient intake.
9. Kale, kiwi, & banana
Refreshing, sweet, and brimming with nutrients, this smoothie also includes one mandarin orange or tangerine, both of which are loaded with vitamins A, B, and C that prevent infections, relieve cramping, and improve your skin health!
Skip the whipped cream on this one—it’s so flavorful that you really don’t need it, and fatty dairy products like whipped cream or half-and-half will reverse some of these instant energizing effects!
10. Super green tea
Skip the coffee this morning and opt for this flavorful and energizing vanilla protein-packed smoothie with matcha powder, spinach, strawberries, and bananas that will give Starbucks’s Green Tea Frappuccino some serious competition!
Matcha has proven to produce cancer-fighting effects, prevent diabetes, prevent heart disease, and aid weight loss. What better way to kickstart your morning!?
11. Strawberry mango spice
This delicious and nutrient-rich smoothie is perfect for kickstarting your morning because it boosts your metabolism, supports heart health, and keeps you hydrated after you exercise or as you go about your busy day!
Cayenne pepper boosts your metabolism by breaking down fatty acids in your liver and muscles, while cinnamon regulates your blood sugar levels, which ultimately control how hungry and energetic you feel!
12. Cherry almond
Featuring cherries, spinach, almond butter, flax seeds, protein powder, and more, this heavenly smoothie is exactly what you need to get your day started.
Cherries boost exercise recovery, improve sleep quality, and reduce inflammation, while flax seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and other antioxidants that lower blood pressure and control blood sugar levels. Skip the stevia—this smoothie is perfectly balanced without it!
13. Carrot green tea
This naturally caffeinated green tea smoothie features carrots, pineapple, mango, apple, and orange slices to bring you a drink loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and several B vitamins that promote heart health and aid weight loss!
14. Beet & berry
Beets are another superfood that are high in fiber, potassium, iron, and many antioxidants that improve digestion, regulate your blood pressure, and even improve your exercise performance!
This balanced and hearty smoothie also contains protein and calcium, which are perfect for kickstarting your day and recovering your muscles after a good workout.
15. Protein-packed vanilla chai
Yet another naturally caffeinated smoothie that allows you to skip the coffee without sacrificing energy, this vanilla chai masterpiece will improve your digestion, boost your brain health, keep your hormones balanced, and strengthen your immune system!
This tea-based smoothie has an additional step that should be taken well before you intend to drink it, such as the night before. Check out the details in the full recipe.
Which of these delicious smoothies are you going to drink to kickstart your morning? Comment your favorites below!
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Jamie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is an aspiring writer, professional editor/proofreader, and piano player. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading classic literary works, composing music, and playing Xbox with her husband!