While they cannot replace a proper balanced diet and exercise, smoothies rich in raw veggies, fresh fruits, and nuts can make you feel more energetic throughout the day. This is because fruits, veggies, and nuts provide your body the dietary fiber, protein and nutrients it needs to keep you going, without annoying dips and slumps in energy levels.
Try out these 5 energy-boosting recipes to feel the difference:
Mango-Carrot Energy Recharge Smoothie
This smoothie combines the health benefits of mangoes with dietary protein from almond butter and milk. Other than being rich in dietary fiber, mangoes provide essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, copper, and iron as well as antioxidants such as vitamin C, K and A, zeaxanthin, folate, beta-carotene and more.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1½ tablespoons almond butter
- ¾ cup fresh mango (chopped)
- ½ cup carrot (grated)
- 5 ice cubes
Layer all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Bring-It-On Berry Smoothie
Loaded with antioxidant-rich berries and fruits that boost energy levels, this smoothie is delicious, refreshing and highly nutritious. The low-glycemic fruits in this recipe are also high in dietary fiber to keep you feeling full without a ton of extra calories or sugar. Use frozen fruit if fresh ones aren’t in a season.
- ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup pitted sweet cherries
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
Layer all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you’re using fresh fruit instead of frozen, add a few ice cubes while blending.
Go Green Power-Up Punch
This recipe is rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and complex carbohydrates, giving your body a high dose of energy that’s sustained for longer. If you find yourself feeling low or fatigued, this delicious and healthy green drink will get your energy levels rising!
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup kale
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ cup cashews (soaked 1 hour-overnight)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Blend the avocado, cucumber and almond milk, add the green leaves and coconut oil and then blend again. Finally, add the nuts and seeds, and process until smooth.
Pick-Me-Up Chocolate and Oats Smoothie
This creamy and chocolaty smoothie is rich in protein, fiber, and essential minerals, for a power-packed but guilt-free treat. Bananas provide your body with an energy boost when you’re tired, and combining them with oats gives you sustained energy for a longer period, battling both fatigue and hunger.
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 cup oats
- 1 frozen banana (chopped)
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
Blend protein powder and milk, add oats and blend again. Finally, add the banana and process until smooth.
Tropical Energizer Fruit Punch
With the sweet-and-tangy flavors of fresh fruit and the goodness of green leafy veggies, this rich and tasty smoothie is perfect for warm days when your energy dips. It also contains coconut water and watermelon for an extra burst of hydration, natural electrolytes, and nutrients, as well as improved circulation.
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 cup pineapple
- ½ cup watermelon
- 2 cups kale
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- ½ green apple
- 1 frozen banana
Starting with the coconut water, layer all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Proper smoothie storage is important if you don’t always have time to prepare fresh drinks, since raw foods may lose some of their nutritional benefits if they’re stored in regular containers. If you plan to make larger batches of protein or energizer drinks, store them in smoothie bottles that remove excess air. This slows the oxidization process to preserve nutrients and keep them fresh for longer.