Many of us are looking for ways to add more fruits and vegetables to our diets because of the nutritional impacts they make on our bodies. For example, we know fruits and vegetables keep us full longer and are chock full of antioxidants, probiotics, and fiber. Vegan smoothies can help us NOT cave into that chocolate chip cookie craving! Adding smoothies to your routine has many health benefits.
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What better way to help increase your vegetable and fruit intake than by a smoothie? They are a convenient way to get the vitamins, nutrients, and proteins you need in such a quick and straightforward way. And for most, replace the traditional breakfast with a breakfast smoothie.
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The best part is there is simply no wrong way to make one! You can add whatever fruits, vegetables, proteins, nut butter, and liquid that satisfy you. Making it vegan is so simple.
There are a variety of vegan alternatives to choose from, such as oat, soy, almond, and cashew. These options taste great but don’t overpower the taste of the other ingredients.
I absolutely love smoothies, and I wanted to share a list of my top ten vegan smoothie recipes that I rotate regularly. Some come from awesome companies such as Evive, Usana, and Revive, and some are sourced from really cool vegan websites that focus on tasty and nutritious vegan foods.
10 Of the Best Vegan Smoothies
Evie Smoothies was founded in 2015, their goal is to positively impact the environment and people’s daily routines. Their smoothies come in fun, frozen cubes that don’t need blending, making it a unique and practical way to make your smoothie. You just add water, and voila! They have catchy names such as Saphir, Yin, Azteque, and Asana, and there is a variety to choose from.
The Yogi from Evive is always on my list and is a good source of protein; it includes banana, pear, spinach, kale, and spirulina, to name just a few ingredients. Non-GMO, no sugar added and made from 70% organic ingredients.
You can always trust you’re having a deliciously healthy smoothie with Evive. I love their berry smoothies and their vegan chocolate smoothie too!
Usana believes that if you feed the cells in your body precisely what it needs, you will benefit.
Usana’s Nutrimeal Free is made without soy, eggs, dairy, or gluten. It is low glycemic and is balanced nutrition with or without your favorite fruits and vegetables. I also love Usana because their products are backed by science and they ensure the highest quality when it comes to nutrition and cell health.
Add ice and peanut butter to give your smoothie an extra kick! Keep in mind that the Nutrimeal Free shakes are the vegan ones.
Revive is challenging the belief that eating healthy is time-consuming, expensive, and doesn’t taste great with their smoothies.
Their Rise and Chai smoothie include banana, zucchini, butternut squash, Medjool dates, ginger, black team, granny smith apples, pea protein, vanilla, and Ceylon cinnamon. Add your favorite vegan milk and blend for a delicious smoothie. This one keeps me full for quite some time!
4. Peach Crumble Shake
This smoothie from theirstmess.com includes oats in it. I never thought to use oats in my smoothie, but what a great way to add thickness to it without adding a banana. It also tastes like a peach crumble! This smoothie is both gluten-free and vegan.
- 2 ripe peaches – pitted, sliced, and frozen
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 pitted Medjool date
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- big squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- ½ cup filtered water
Blend until frothy!
5. Pineapple Smoothie
This amazing smoothie recipe from acoupleofcooks.com. This smoothie is incredibly creamy using frozen pineapple, banana, ice, water, and milk, plus a squeeze of fresh lime juice to really kick up the flavor! Yum!
6. Watermelon Smoothie
A refreshing smoothie from lovingitvegan.com. When I think of summer, I always think of watermelon. Sweet and cold, it is the most refreshing fruit to eat on a hot day. This smoothie is really hydrating, and if you are looking for a really quick smoothie, this one is it!
With only 2 ingredients, how could you go wrong? You’ll need 6 and ½ cups Watermelon Cubed and 2 small limes juiced. You need to make sure your watermelon is chilled, and you will need to strain this smoothie after blending. This one takes a bit more work, but the outcome is well worth it.
7. Chocolate Avocado Smoothie.
This one had me at the word chocolate! Vegan and gluten-free, this is truly a guilt-free way of getting your chocolate fix! Avocados are full of healthy fats and they’re a great ingredient for a delicious hearty smoothie. Full recipe here.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 mint, fresh
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 pinch mineral salt
1/2 cup of water
6 drops liquid stevia
1 tsp lime juice
1 cup full-fat coconut water.
Blend until smooth and enjoy all the chocolaty goodness!
8. Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie with Pineapple.
Banana-free, no added sugar, and vegan, this smoothie is filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients. It includes kale or spinach, pineapple, almond milk, turmeric, chia seeds, and a pinch of black pepper. Full details here.
9. Hormone Balancing Smoothies-Creamy Berry
Wholseomedelicious.com has a variety of hormone-balancing smoothies, but the Creamy Berry is one of my favorites.
- 1 1/4 cup dairy-free milk
- 1/4 cup berries (any mixture of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp walnuts (you can swap out the nuts for walnut butter or pecans)
- 2/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice
- 2 handfuls spinach leaves
10. Gut Loving Green Smoothie.
Of course, I couldn’t have a top ten list without a smoothie that targets gut health! High in fiber and an immunity booster, this smoothie is full of yummy ingredients that your gut will thank you for later! Find the full recipe here.
1-2 cups homemade almond milk
1/2 green apple
1 cup kale
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
A small handful of almonds with their skins on
1/4 avocado (optional)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon (or more) homemade yogurt – dairy, coconut, nut milk
Why Plant-Based Smoothies Are Good for You
The reasons are endless! Obviously, drinking a plant-based smoothie increases your fruit and vegetable intake. It is recommended that you try and incorporate a leafy green in all your smoothies. Kale and spinach have such mild flavors that you will hardly notice them in your smoothies, even if you aren’t a fan.
They are an excellent source of energy, hence why so many of us have them in the morning. Vegan smoothies can also bridge the gap between how much fiber we need and how much we actually get throughout the day.
They may also keep your blood sugar in check as long as you remember to add protein and fiber, and healthy fats.
Plant-based smoothies may also help in keeping your weight stable. However, if you want to lose weight, there is more to it than just drinking a plant-based smoothie. Always do your research and consult your doctor about any weight loss questions you might have.
How You Can Add Vegan Protein to Your Smoothies
Lentils beans, hemp hearts, and soy milk are just a few ways to add vegan protein to your smoothie. And guess what? They play double duty in your smoothie because these ingredients, along with avocado and nut butter, will also thicken your smoothie without having to use a banana! I love banana smoothies and try to have one at least once a week.
All are great options and will take your smoothie to the next level.
There are so many more delicious and healthy plant-based smoothies, but I just couldn’t fit them all in! Smoothies are such a great addition to your diet. Focus on using ingredients that are good for you without adding artificial sweeteners.
With a variety of simple ingredients, a blender, and some, ice your smoothie can be made in under 10 minutes. Healthy and satisfying, a plant-based smoothie will be the quickest meal you will prepare all day.
So, which smoothie will you be making today?