These three filling smoothie recipes are delicious and easy to make. Use these healthy breakfast smoothies for weight loss by adding protein and other hearty ingredients.
When it comes to filling smoothie recipes, the sky is the limit. They can be as simple, or as complicated as you like. The most important things I like to keep in mind when deciding on a smoothie recipe are the calorie count, the ease of ingredients, and of course, the taste!
Any filling smoothie recipe begins with a cup of liquid, and added to that, is 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit. I like to add frozen fruit, because it eliminates the need for ice, which can water down the flavor. Another ingredient I always add to my smoothies is oats. They add a hearty, nutty flavor, and extra fiber. For this citrus smoothie, I cheated just a little, and used pineapple packaged in 100% fruit juice. It has a bit more sugar than fresh pineapple, but I like the convenience. If you are a purist, by all means use fresh pineapple.
Filling Smoothie Recipes: Add-Ins
Smoothie add-ins can up the protein and fiber…but they can also add calories. If you are using a smoothie as a meal replacement, it’s good for it to have at least 350 – 400 calories. So keep track of what you are putting in the blender, and plan accordingly. What can you add to a smoothie for protein? Here are some suggestions:
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- organic peanut butter
- ground flaxseed
- protein powder
- fresh spinach
Other easy add-ins:
- additional fresh fruit (with no added sugar)
- pure vanilla bean paste (I love to use this in smoothies. It adds the best flavor!)
Is it OK to put raw oats in a smoothie?
Yes! I have used both instant oats, as well as old fashioned oats. The secret is letting the blender do it’s thing for at least a minute. This gives the oats time to be crushed and blended into the other ingredients.
Now for the smoothie recipes. First is one of my favorites, a fresh citrus smoothie. After that, there are links to two more amazing smoothies that are perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack.
Citrus Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup low calorie orange juice (I used Trop50)
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks or tidbits (fresh, canned, or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/4 cup oatmeal (quick or old fashioned)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on medium high for 1 minute.
- Drink immediately.
More healthy breakfast smoothies for weight loss
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- KitchenAid blender
- my favorite vanilla bean paste
- ceramic knife set
- colored paper straws
- set of 4 glasses