smoothies are good drinks for cooling yourself off in hot day. nutritious smoothies can also replace your lunch as they will provide all the nutrients required by your body for healthy working. here i have shared some of the simple recipes for making smoothies which would be healthy and nutritious. the nutritious smoothies for lunch are packed with energy providing raw ingredients and delicious taste, so try them to make your afternoon time better with these smoothies.
you can drink them as standalone meal in your lunch time of get the required energy in your diet when in hurry or pair it with other tasty dishes like French crepes, green smoothies with grilled veggies or chicken platter, citrus smoothie with air fried fritter platter, banana bread with banana smoothie, chocolate smoothie after home made pesto sauce Italian pasta platter, berry lemon smoothie with quinoa and roasted veggies platter etc.
beetroot cherry smoothie
1-2 cup frozen deseeded cherries
1 cup almond milk or water
1-2 boiled medium size beetroot diced in small cubes
3-4 spoon of oats
1 spoon flax seeds
1 spoon sunflower seeds
3-4 spoon of pomegranate
blueberry lemon smoothie
1-2 cup frozen blueberries
1- 1.5 spoon lemon juice
1/2 spoon lemon zest
1 cup almond milk
2-3 spoon roasted oats
1-2 coconut sugar or honey for sweetness
ginger orange smoothie
3/4 spoon grated ginger
1/2- 1 cup almond milk
1 banana (optional)
2 cup sliced oranges
3-5 spoons grated carrots
1-2 spoon honey or maple syrup for sweetness
1 spoon pumpkin seeds
1-2 spoon quinoa
Green spinach smoothie
1 cup spinach leaves
2 spoon mango
1/2 cup musk melon or water melon for low carb option
1/2 cup kale
little bit water
black salt for taste
1 spoon honey for sweetness
1 spoon sunflower seeds
1 spoon hemp seeds
Mango strawberry smoothie
200 gram mangoes
100 grams strawberries
200 ml milk/ coconut cream
1/2 frozen banana
50 grams raspberries
1 spoon white sesame seeds
1 spoon pine nuts
Kale avocado smoothie
1/2 cup kale leaf
1/2 cup cucumbers
2 spoon coconut powder
2 spoon white sesame seeds
1 spoon nut butter of your choice(hazelnut works good)
Decadent Chocolate smoothie
2 spoon cocoa powder
1 spoon chocolate syrup
2 spoon coconut powder
1/2 banana or 2-4 dates for sweetness
1-2 cups milk of your choice
1 spoon flex seeds
1/2 spoon honey
white and black chocolate chips for garnish
pinch of cinnamon powder
1 spoon nut butter
1 spoon chocolate protein powder(optional)
1/4 spoon of coffee powder
Directions for making smoothies
For making all the above smoothies you need to add all the ingredients in blender to make fine smoothie of your choice in after noon and blend for about 1 minute until everything gets perfectly converted into smooth and creamy smoothie.
for garnishing the glass or bowl of smoothie before serving you can add some sliced fruits like banana, strawberry, coconut powder, hemp seeds, frozen berries, roasted cashews, chocolate chips and almonds and other seeds, nuts and fruits or veggies of your choice. take a clue from below shared image of some smoothie bowls.
Tips for making tasty smoothies
You can add many different Food items in your smoothie drinks to make them more tasty and healthy to drink. some of them are as follows
Chia seeds which contains proteins, fibers, potassium, magnesium and anti oxidants along with omega 2 fatty acids in abundant quantity. if you cant find chia seeds then use sunflower seeds or checkout popular chia seeds substitutes for delicious thick smoothies
Flex seeds which are high in anti oxidants, omega 3 and fiber content in them so it would be a good addition to your smoothies.
Matcha leaves powder which helps in proper working of heart and brain. it also promotes weight loss so you can add it in your weight loss smoothies recipe. it will relax your mind and rejuvenate your body for better working.
Almonds which contains vitamin e and anti oxidants which are good for skin issues and better immune system respectively. you can see your cholesterol going down on regular consumption of almonds.
You can also add ginger in your smoothies in powder form or fresh grated ginger as it container anti oxidants and anti inflammatory properties in which are great for our body. it works great with green smoothies and fruit smoothies.
you can add liquid of your choice to make the smoothie like yogurt, water, oat milk, almond milk, normal milk, soy milk, coconut milk etc. keep the quantity low if you like thick and creamy smoothie or quantity high if you like thin consistency in your smoothie.
you can use different sweetener of your choice to add in the sweetness in your smoothie like honey, stevia, coconut sugar, dates, maple syrup, bananas, stevia etc.
oatmeal, chia seeds, yogurt, silk tofu, xanthan gum, cauliflower rice, protein power can also be used in place of banana to thicken your smoothie without any issue as they are healthy and works as good alternative for banana if you don’t want to add it in your smoothies.
Can i freeze smoothies?
yes you can freeze smoothies easily in freezer for up to 3-4 months when stored and preserved correctly. you can use air tight container or mason jar for keeping the smoothies or make cubes of them via ice cube tray and then place them in resealable plastic bag for long duration storage in your freezer to enjoy at later date with your family or friends easily.
make sure to take out maximum air from the plastic bag before sealing the smoothie cubes in it and don’t fill the glass mason jar or plastic container till top , leave about 1-2 inches of space between lid and smoothie to avoid any breaking incident of the container.
you can thaw your smoothies after freezing by keeping in the fridge for few hours.
you can also store the smoothies in your fridge for short duration of 1-4 days after making but make sure that it is completely covered. if the liquid gets separated when taking out to drink then you can remix and stir it to make the perfect smoothie. this does not work for smoothies having citrus element in them like lemon smoothies etc. as they will get bad within 1-2 days after making so make them fresh only and avoid their storage.
Hope you like my collection for healthy smoothies for lunch time. It will help you fill your stomach with nutritious food in less time which will make your body fit.
let me know which one of the above shared nutritious smoothies for lunch you like the best for making your after noon meal tasty without any compromise on nutrition values of the smoothie. healthy dinner time smoothies are also for you to checkout and make fast with quality ingredients when you are tired and don’t want to make the full meal in dinner time.
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