If you’re looking for an alternative for your daily cup of coffee, smoothies can be a fantastic substitute. These drinks tend to be extremely healthy and can pretty much contain whatever you want as fat as nutritional value. You can make fruit smoothies, protein smoothies, and even smoothies that contain some caffeine. Whatever you choose, these 5 smoothie recipes are a fantastic place to start.
Triple Berry Smoothie
Ingredients: soymilk, ¾ cup of strawberries, ¾ cup of blackberries, ¾ cup of raspberries, and one banana.
This is the classic berry smoothie. The actual measurements on the fruit is not that important, just that you end up with around 2 cups of fruit total. The soymilk can easily be switched out for any other milk or juice, but soymilk provides the protein almond milk and juice cannot.
The Strawberry Banana Bomb
Ingredients: orange juice, one frozen banana, one cup of frozen strawberries, ¼ cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, ½ cup plain Greek yogurt.
This is a great take on a classic strawberry banana smoothie. The additions of peanut butter and Greek yogurt add protein to this smoothie that would be only sugar otherwise, and the chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood pressure, slow plaque development in arteries, and reduce risk for stroke. All great benefits to have at the start of your day.
The Caffeinated Monkey
Ingredients: chocolate almond milk, coffee grounds, two bananas, whey protein powder.
This is the ultimate replacement for your daily cup of coffee. Adding coffee grounds, or even brewed, chilled coffee to your smoothie will give you the caffeine boost you need in a healthier package. The bananas and protein powder are great morning boosts for your digestive system, and the chocolate almond milk will tie everything together in a fantastic mocha blend.
Ingredients: orange juice, 1 cup of frozen peaches, 1 cup of frozen mango, 1 cup of plain yogurt, ½ banana.
Another classic fruit smoothie, this is essentially a more summery take on the triple berry smoothie talked about earlier. The combination of peach and mango combine to create a taste that can only be described as tangy and refreshing. As with several other smoothies on this list, the yogurt adds protein, which will help you stay energized for the start of your day.
Peanut Butter Blast
Ingredients: chocolate almond milk, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, one banana.
This is probably my personal favorite smoothie of all time, and it’s incredibly simple to make. It is incredibly easy to adjust the recipe to exactly what you need, but this smoothie provides a good mix of sugar, carbohydrates, and protein that can be a great start to the day. Adding raspberries, strawberries, or really anything else are all great ways to modify this smoothie.
These smoothies are great alternatives to coffee, and they can all be easily modified to fit your specific needs.