5 Healthy Smoothies You Need To Try

It’s never been easier to be vegan now that everybody seems to be doing their bit. Here are five vegan smoothies that are both tasty and cruelty free!

There’s no denying that many people are beginning to face facts about where their food actually comes from; people are waking up to the shocking truths behind the meat and dairy industry and are now making the switch to a vegan lifestyle.

There’s also no denying that many people are starting to eat more healthily and be kinder to their bodies. The good news is you can do both with these delicious, dairy-free smoothies.

Not only are smoothies a great way to get some extra goodness into your diet, but they are also refreshingly cool on a hot day and make a great on-the-go snack for busy queens!

Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

– 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I use coconut or almond.)
– 1 TS Peanut Butter (heaped, smooth or crunchy)
– 1 Banana (chunked)
– Handful of Kale/Spinach (Optional)
– Ice (Optional)

Health Benefits: Peanut butter is high in protein and fiber, and contains healthy fats. The kale and spinach add extra goodness without altering the taste of the smoothie. In particular, kale is a superfood that is full of antioxidants, low in calories, high in fiber and contains no fat.

Drink when… you need an extra energy boost, substituting a meal for a smoothie as it fills you up or as a post-workout snack.

The Great Green Smoothie

The Great Green Smoothie

– 1 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened) / Coconut Water
– 1 Big Handful of Kale (washed)
– ½ Medium Avocado
– 1 Banana (chunked)
– Handful of Grapes (peeled if possible)
– ¼ Cucumber (sliced)
– Ice

Health Benefits: This is just about the healthiest smoothie you can drink! Kale is full of fiber and antioxidants. Avocados contain healthy fats; they lower cholesterol and are also full of fiber (and have many other health benefits).

Bananas are full of potassium, which helps to keep your heart healthy, and chia seeds are great little seeds of goodness providing energy, protein and omega-3.

Drink when… you wake up to start your day off right.

Red Berry Smoothie

Red Berry Smoothie

– 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk / Coconut Water
– 1 Big Handful of Raspberries (frozen)
– 1 Big Handful of Pitted Cherries (frozen or fresh)
– 2 Handfuls of Strawberries
– 1 Banana (chunked)
– Ice
– Chia Seeds (Optional)

Health Benefits: This smoothie has four different. Raspberries are quite low in sugar, and they are full of vitamin C. Cherries contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and have been shown to aid sleep as they contain the natural sleep aid melatonin.

Drink when… you’re craving a mid-afternoon snack, or you’re struggling to fit in all of your recommended daily fruit.

Refreshing Mango and Pineapple Smoothie

Refreshing Mango and Pineapple Smoothie

– 1 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened) / Pineapple/Mango Fruit Juice
– 1 Banana Broken (chunked)
– 2 Large Handfuls of Mango (frozen)
– 1 Large Handful of Pineapple (frozen)
– 1 Handful of Papaya (frozen)
– Ice (if using fresh fruit)

Health Benefits: Mangoes are known to have an abundance of health benefits, so why wouldn’t you want to put them in a smoothie?

They help to keep cholesterol low, contain lots of vitamins C and A, help to unclog pores—which means clearer skin—and they can even help with poor concentration.

Mangoes and bananas both contain potassium, which helps to control blood pressure and maintain a healthy heart.

Drink when… you want a refreshingly cool snack on a hot summer’s day.

The Classic Strawberry and Banana

The Classic Strawberry and Banana

– 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk / Coconut Water
– 1½ Bananas (chunked)
– 5-10 Large Strawberries (to taste)
– Ice
– Grapes (peeled if possible, optional)
– Chia Seeds (optional)

Health Benefits: Bananas are full of potassium, which is good for a healthy heart. They are also a wonderful source of energy, while strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. This smoothie is also low in fat and relatively low in calories.

Drink when… you want a snack, or when you’re craving a strawberry milkshake but would rather have a healthier, dairy free alternative.

Has anyone tried any of these? What did you think? Do you have a favorite non-dairy smoothie recipe not featured on this list that you’d like to share? Leave a comment!

credits: youqueen

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