If you’re like me, your days can get pretty hectic. Between feedings, cleaning up after my newborn and trying to get a little work in, the days seem to fly by.
On such days, when I have limited time to spend in the kitchen, I try to keep meal prep to a minimum. And one of my favorite ways to do so is to replace a meal with a simple, quick, yet super nutritious smoothie. In this video, I’ll share my top three.
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Mango Kale Delight
+ 1.5 cups (375ml) soymilk
+ 1 cup (± 150g) frozen mangoes
+ 1 banana
+ 2 tbsp (30ml) flax, hemp or chia seeds
+ 1 cup (± 65g) of fresh or 1/2 cup (± 33g) frozen kale
This smoothie is one of my personal favorites. It’s super versatile. You can replace the kale with spinach and use the frozen fruit of your choice. If you’re fond of the bright green color, try sticking to light-colored fruit like mango, pineapple, pears, peaches or bananas. Although super delicious, red-colored fruit such as raspberries, cherries and strawberries will turn your smoothie brown!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb
+ 1.5 cups (375ml) oat milk
+ 1/2 frozen banana
+ 1 tbsp (15ml) natural peanut butter
+ 2 tbsp (30ml) flaxseeds
+ 1 handful (± 30g) of oats
+ 2 dates and 1 pinch of cacao nibs or raw cacao powder (optional)
Feel free to replace the peanut butter with the nut butter of your choice but do try to pick a variety that doesn’t contain added sugars, oils or salt. A handful of nuts is another a good alternative. Also try to pick a plant-milk enriched in calcium and give it a shake prior to using it. The calcium tends to deposit at the bottom of the milk carton so giving it a shake will help it mix back into the liquid.
Rhubarb Cherry Splash
+ 1.5 cups (375ml) almond milk
+ 1 cup (± 150g) frozen cherries, strawberries or raspberries
+ 1.5 oz (± 45g) rhubarb
+ 1 oz (± 30g) beets
+ 5 oz (± 150g) silken tofu
+ 1 handful spinach
+ 1/2 cup (± 90g) cooked quinoa
+ 2 dates
Although these ingredients can easily be used to make a super delicious meal salad, mixing them in a smoothie is particularly convenient for those hectic days! This smoothie is jam-packed with nutrients but does taste a little more earthy than the previous two. So if that’s not your thing, feel free to play around with the amount of veggies and dates until it tastes just right!
I hope you find these smoothies as delicious and time-saving as I do. What’s your go-to meal when in a time crunch?