You aren’t alone if you have tried to drink a smoothie for breakfast or lunch but are left feeling hungry or low on energy. Here is how to make your smoothie a meal.
Add Fat And Protein
Your smoothie is already antioxidant-rich but to make it a meal you’ll need to blend in healthy fats and sustaining protein. You have plenty of options so experiment with what works for you:
- Blend with milk or non-dairy milk instead of fruit juice
- Add in yogurt or Kiefer
- Blend in nuts, seeds, or nut butter
- Blend in a soy or whey protein or hemp seeds
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil or any healthy oil
- Add a half or full avocado
Drink At Least 16 Ounces
When a smoothie is a snack your portion size can be smaller but if it is your meal you need between 16 to 24 ounces. While the sugar is natural, aim to blend in a vegetable or leafy green to keep sugar to a minimum.
Have A Snack With Your Smoothie
Instead of blending in your protein you could also have a protein-rich snack such as an ounce of nuts, serving of cheese, a side of grains, or a slice of bread with nut butter. For those of you who miss having something to chew on a snack is a perfect addition to your smoothie meal.
And yes, your smoothie can be protein-rich and serve as your one plant-based meal a day!