Talk about a liquid lunch! Instead of a mid-day rager, these options source fiber- and protein-packed ingredients that work as a wholesome meal replacement or accompaniment to lighter lunches.
Protein source: Hemp and chia seeds
A sugar hack for smoothies? Pitted dates. They’re a natural, fiber-filled sweetener that will satisfy a sweet tooth without added sugars (they also break down easier in a blender when soaked beforehand) .
Protein source: Greek yogurt
Thanks to its high fiber content, papaya has been shown to promote digestion, says nutritionist Michelle Davenport, PhD. So if breakfast isn’t sitting well with your stomach, stick to this smoothie RX. Bonus: It also includes ginger.
Protein source: Hemp hearts
A ¼ cup of hemp hearts—seeds similar to sunflower seeds and pine nuts—provides about 15g of protein, almost 3g of fiber, and may help to prevent hypertension, says Dr. Davenport. Mixing them with super fruits, like bananas and apples, makes for a sweet, creamy sip.
Protein source: Peanut butter, whey powder
It’s peanut-butter-jelly time! Berries, peanut butter, rolled oats, and protein powder give the bread (and taste buds) a break.
Protein source: Vegan protein powder
So, those amazing benefits of green tea? Get them by sprinkling a half teaspoon of matcha powder—finely-ground green tea—into this smoothie.
Protein source: Protein powder, Greek yogurt
Here’s a sunny twist on a staple breakfast. But, feel free to break this recipe’s rules by adding whatever fruit or greens you have on hand.