Many people find that smoothies for breakfast can leave them feeling hungry before lunchtime since they contain so many nutrients in such a small amount of time. Making your morning smoothie a meal-worthy meal is as simple as making a few minor adjustments based on your unique preferences and dietary requirements.
Here are a few of our favorite tricks for packing additional nutrition into your morning smoothie.
Switch To Coconut Water Instead Of Fruit Juice
Juiced fruits aren’t nearly as nutritious as you may believe, and they shouldn’t be substituted over whole fruit in a smoothie because they lack fiber and sugar. When making smoothies, fruit juice is commonly used as a fluid base, but you should instead use a lower-sugar beverage.
As an alternative to fruit juice in a smoothie, coconut water is an excellent provider of numerous electrolytes while still being sweet enough to taste like fruit (like potassium and phosphorus). Helps you identify hunger symptoms from dehydration by replenishing the body with electrolytes.
To avoid blood sugar spikes, opt for a low-sugar beverage. Our Mango-Coconut Green Salad benefits significantly from the addition of coconut water, which is both hydrating and flavorful.
Protein Should Be A Bigger Part Of Your Diet
If your tummy is grumbling an extra hour after eating your smoothie, it could be as simple as adding extra protein to your morning smoothie. Although expensive protein powders are available, likely, you have already had a variety of freeze dried fruits and vegetables!
Nut butter is an excellent example of a food that provides both energy and good fats to leave you satisfied for several hours at a time. To make your smoothie even more delicious, add cottage cheese high in protein.
Even the dark green vegetables lying in your refrigerator all week are an excellent source of protein for your morning smoothie. Two cups include about three micrograms and 2 g in total. Almond butter and banana protein smoothies are great for curbing hunger because they contain 19 grams of protein.
Add Oats to the Mix
Oats, which are probably already in your pantry, are an additional component that can significantly increase the volume of a smoothie. Oats keep you feeling full and energized with the right balance of fiber and protein.
Adding half a cup of porridge oats to your morning smoothie provides 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, which are beneficial nutrients. Adding oats to your smoothie can also help thicken it and give it a creamier feel. Try these in our Cranberry Pie Smoothie, which sounds as good as it tastes.
Add a Few Seeds
Nutritional powerhouses such as chia, flax, and hemp seeds are packed with essential fatty acids (EFAs), fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. We love stocking up on these “superfoods” in bulk at Amazon or Farmer Joe’s and putting them in the fridge for later use.
When it comes to making a nutritious and delicious smoothie for the start of the day, these nuts are game-changers. For us, adding flax to our Blueberry Protein Smoothie is the perfect way to up the fiber content.
A Greek Yogurt
Smoothies made with plain Greek yogurt instead of regular flavored yogurt have been shown to increase feelings of fullness and reduce hunger pangs. A six-ounce container of Greek yogurt has between 14 and 20 grams of protein, depending on the fat content, and will make your smoothies taste like a milkshake!
In addition, cutting off the elevated yogurt will keep your blood sugar stable and your stomach full until lunch. Thanks to Greek yogurt, our Mango-Almond Acai Bowl has the right thick and creamy texture!
Dates Are An Excellent Sweetener
Syrup, maple syrup, fruit juice, and other additional sugars can all be used to sweeten your smoothie. Still, dates provide the extra benefit of fiber, which allows your body to process the sugars in dates more slowly. In addition to potassium, dates are a great source of the mineral.
Before putting your dates in the blender, soak them for around 30 minutes in water if you will not have a powerful blender. Try it in our Carrot Cake Smoothie, which is loaded with fiber!
Many people find that smoothies for breakfast can leave them feeling hungry before lunchtime. Mango-Coconut Green Salad benefits significantly from the addition of coconut water. Almond butter and banana protein smoothies are great for curbing hunger because they contain 19g of protein. Oats are great for adding to your smoothie with the right balance of fiber and protein. Adding oats to your morning smoothie can also help thicken it and give it a creamier feel. Dates are an excellent sweetener, and dates are rich in potassium and fiber.