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5 Vegan Pick-Me-Up Smoothies



Smoothies are a great way to get in your fruits and veggies on the go. As we approach winter, energy levels always seem to decrease and we’re always attempting to sneak our meals in as quickly as we can so we have more time to cozy up and unwind. With the grey skies looming over and we start to find our bed as a second home, it is so important to keep in mind the fact that incorporating wholesome ingredients into our food will keep the winter blues away. So why stick to eating the same bowl of oatmeal or cereal in the morning? Ditch the fast food on your lunch breaks and switch it up with some healthy, fulfilling recipes that can be ready in under 5 minutes.

Today we’re sharing 5 smoothie recipes (which also happen to be vegan!) to shock your tastebuds everyday of the work week. Try out these recipes by starting your day with a breakfast smoothie or prep and pack a smoothie in your favourite insulated travel cup and drink it as a snack or meal replacement when you get hungry later. We crave these blends daily and they all include a special ingredient to give your body the nutritional boost it needs. While you can play around with consistencies and your favourite liquid alternatives, we’re excited to break down our top recipes for you to follow.

Classic Strawberry Banana

Add spirulina to this classic to give it a more nutritious twist. With only half a teaspoon, it’ll turn your smoothie green due to its antioxidants without compromising the fruity flavour!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1 banana

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 tsp spirulina

1 cup almond milk

Avocado Smoothie

If you like the taste of vanilla cake batter, you’ll love this vitamin-enriched brain booster. Don’t let anyone tell you that you eat too many avocados!

Ingredients:

1/2 medium-large avocado

1 banana (not too ripe)

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tsp honey for desired sweetness

Ice cubes

*Scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

For all fellow chocolate lovers out there. If you’re craving Reese cups, peanut M&M’s, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, this alternative with metabolism-boosting ingredients should do the trick.

Ingredients:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice OR 1 1/2 tsp dark cocoa powder

1 cup almond milk

1-2 tbsp 100% creamy peanut butter

2 tsp honey

1 cup ice

*1 tsp coconut oil OR 1/8 tsp cinnamon to boost metabolism (optional)

Tropical Green Smoothie

We can’t get enough of this blend—it actually makes drinking spinach taste delicious! We all know how important it is to add spinach to our diet.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen mango, peach, pineapple, strawberry blend

2 cups baby spinach

1/2-1 cup almond milk or coconut milk (to taste)

Turn it into a smoothie bowl—add seeds or nuts, coconut flakes, and fresh fruit on top!

Berry Chia Smoothie

Who else loves all things berries? Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, huckleberries… Just blend your faves together and watch your skin blemishes heal overtime.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen berry blend of choice

1/2-1 cup almond milk or coconut milk (to taste)

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 tsp chia seeds

*1/2 banana (optional)

*Ice for thickness (optional)


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