School is back, work’s getting more and more monotonous with the realization that the next long weekend is ages away… and things are starting to get… “blah!”

 

With the mornings getting chillier, it seems to be getting harder and harder to get out of your nice, warm bed when the dreaded alarm goes off. And once you do, the cold floors and darkness outside the window just seem to make everything take a little longer. Now there’s no way your sluggish self is getting in a big, nutritious breakfast, and there certainly isn’t enough time to make yourself a snack for school or the office that will get you through the day AND be nutritious at the same time.  Never fear… I have the solution… SMOOTHIES!

 

Smoothies are truly the perfect snack for Fall. They are a great way to kick off a healthy eating spree (which, let’s be honest, we all need after a summer of long nights, drinks with friends and too many patio brunches), because they are healthy and can be packed with the greens, proteins and fibers your diet requires while still tasting great!

 

Now, the tricky part isn’t figuring out that smoothies are delicious … because… duh! The tricky part is figuring out how to make a smoothie that tastes amazing and has a enough nutrients in it to either substitute a meal (add in that protein powder) or be used as an energy boosting snack.

 

These are my current favourite smoothie recipes for morning, mid-morning, afternoon and night time. Remember, add in some meal substitution powder if you want to make any of these into a full lunch or dinner, but they can each certainly hold their own as a very filling and low calorie breakfast or snack!

 

Fruits n’ Oats Smoothie – My absolute fave for breakfast on the go

  • ½ cup quartered strawberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ of one banana
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½  cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Optional: Splash of water to thin

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Light and Fresh Ginger and Pistachio Smoothie – The best midmorning snack at the office, you can even add some green tea to make it a “pick-me-up”

  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt with probiotics
  • 1 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • ½ cup salted pistachios
  • 3 ice cubes
  • ½ cup water
  • For a sweeter taste, add a teaspoon of agave sweetener and for a spicier taste, add a dash of black pepper

Eat Your Greens Smoothie – This one is great for after lunch and before dinner

  • ¼ cup juiced carrot
  • ¼ cup juiced orange or fresh organic orange juice
  • ½ of one cored apple or pear (or both!)
  • ½ of one banana
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ cup roughly chopped kale (just the leaves)
  • ¼ cup broccoli

Greens Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie – My after dinner, downtime go-to. It is sweet, delicious and filling enough that you won’t feel even the slightest bit hungry at bed time

  • 2 Tbsp. raw cacao
  • 2 Tbsp. organic peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1 cup coconut milk (almond milk will also work)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • Optional: Add fruit like strawberries or banana for a sweeter, fruity taste

Here are some additional smoothie add-ins that I use when I need that little something extra to help with digestion:

  • Hemp seeds – full of protein and great for vegans, they have a hint of nutty-ness to them
  • Chia seeds – filled with fiber and protein and great for your blood sugar. They tend to absorb and take on the flavour of other ingredients adding a seedy texture.
  • Flaxseed – tons of omega-3s and protein, and also very high in fiber

 

Enjoy! And don’t forget to post your favourite smoothie recipes to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #wildnorthsmoothie