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, some days seem to just fly by. That’s where meal replacement smoothies come in!
On such days with 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 homemade smoothie.
In this video, I’ll share my top three. Feel free to scroll below for the exact recipes!
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 is one of my favorite meal replacement smoothies. It’s super versatile and you can easily replace the kale with spinach and use any other frozen fruits you like.
As a little note, 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)
This smoothie is definitely ‘da bomb! 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 unsalted nuts is another easy way to add protein to most meal replacement smoothies.
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
This meal replacement 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!
As an alternative, these ingredients can easily be used to make a super delicious meal salad. It’s virtually as quick and provides a good nutrient-rich alternative to this smoothie for those hectic days!
To Sum It Up
Meal replacement smoothies are a quick and versatile way for busy mamas to meet their nutrient needs.
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? I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and I’d love to read about yours in the comments below!