If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, then spring is underway! There’s nothing better than celebrating that first 75 degree day with a morning smoothie, but the problem is that most smoothies just aren’t that filling. I personally need to take care to add a few extra ingredients into my morning smoothies to make sure that they always last me until lunch time, and today I’m sharing my secrets with you! Here are three morning smoothie recipes (just in time for spring weather!) that will definitely fill you up until lunch time.
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
½ cup frozen pineapple
1 cup frozen mango
½ teaspoon turmeric
Pinch black pepper
1 cup water
1 tablespoon hemp seeds (for topping)
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Top with hemp seeds.
Why it’s filling
The combination of healthy fats and fiber in the avocado will ensure that this smoothie both fills you up and will be slow to digest, keeping your blood sugar in line and your stomach full. The edition of turmeric (and black pepper, which activates turmeric’s incredible health properties!) will give this smoothie an extra kick in both taste and nutrition; turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and it’s a strong antioxidant. The edition of hemp seeds makes the smoothie even more nutritious; hemp seeds have a remarkable combination of essential fatty acids, protein, and minerals.
Berry Seed Smoothie
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon of sunflower seed butter
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
1 tablespoon of flax seeds
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Top with additional flax seeds, hemp seeds, and sunflower seed butter.
Why it’s filling
Berries and seeds are among the most nutrient-dense foods on earth, so why not combine them into a nutritious and satiating smoothie? Mixed berries provide valuable fiber and antioxidants. The combination of seeds in this smoothie provides slow-to-digest healthy fats as well as vitamins and protein.
Maca Oat Mylkshake
3 frozen bananas
1 tsp of maca powder
1 cup dry oats
1 1/2 cup of almond milk
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Top with additional oats and cinnamon.
This smoothie is rich and creamy enough to be considered a dessert, but it’s actually a healthy breakfast! Energy-dense dates and bananas will provide minerals as well as fiber to slow digestion. The key ingredient in this smoothie, though, is the oats. Not only will they make your smoothie super thick and creamy, but they boast a ton of fiber (7.5 grams in just one cup!) and they’re also rich in vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, magnesium, copper, and manganese. I’ve personally found that adding oats to my morning smoothies makes them a lot more filling, and I attribute that to the fiber content.
There you go, smoothie-lovers! Three morning smoothies that will actually fill you up and leave you satisfied until lunch time. I hope you can celebrate a beautiful spring day with one of these recipes! Enjoy:)
Also by Maille: GF Vegan Chai Cookie Bars
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