Try as I might to keep life balanced, I’m still a dad of three toddlers, a full-time husband, and three-biz entrepeneur, and some days just whip by.
You, too? I hear that. I really do.
And while I’m not an advocate of exhausting, fast-paced living, sometimes it happens.
We all get time-crunched with deadlines and other demands. And in those moments, sometimes the first thing to go is our diets, because cooking up healthy eating recipes can seem like an impossible feat.
It’s days like these when meal replacement smoothies come in handy. All you have to do is fire up the blender and in a matter of minutes you can be out the door, feeling satisfied and hunger-free.
Now, the issue with this idea, of course, is most people do it wrong.
Common Diet Derailer
There’s this funny little survival instinct most of us have. When we think we’re going to miss a meal, we can overcompensate, snacking on high-sugar or empty-calorie foods which do little to satiate and a lot to derail diet.
Let’s not do that.
Instead, let me show you the right way to make your own healthy meal replacement.
This basic smoothie meal replacement recipe delivers a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as well as a healthy ratio of protein and good-for-you fats. It’s got everything your body needs in a meal and will sustain you if you’re rushing out the door.
Flax for the Win
As far as healthy fats go, flaxseeds provides plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, so I’ll usually use ground flaxseeds in my smoothies.
Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation, reduce cardiovascular risk, and promote brain health. Flaxseeds may have a high-maintenance reputation, but I really love both the health benefits and nutty taste, so I’m always up for tossing them in my smoothies.
Here’s the catch – whole flaxseeds are hard to digest, so they pass through your intestine undigested. Since I’m all about reaping the health benefits of these amazing seeds, I grind mine up before using. That way my body can absorb the potent omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant-rich lignans, and high fiber in flaxseeds.
You can find flaxseeds in most grocery stores in the organic or natural section, and also in the refrigerated section of health food store. There are yellow and brown varieties of the seeds, and I recommend buying the brown ones, as they have more antioxidants.
Buy flaxseeds in opaque packaging, since light can cause the oils to go rancid. I generally store my seeds in the fridge, and grind up enough for a few days at a time in old coffee grinder.
Make It Your Way
There are many ways to customize this smoothie depending on what you have in the fridge or your personal preference.
There are lots of different greens you can use – if you don’t have spinach, try Swiss chard or Romaine lettuce, or anything else in your crisper.
The same goes for frozen fruit. Try subbing in frozen blueberries or strawberries if you want.
Also feel free to swap out the coconut milk for almond milk or cashew milk – just be sure to sneak in some nut butter or half an avocado for healthy fats.
Not a fan of protein powder? Replace with almond butter or hemp seeds.
Any way you make it, this ultimate meal replacement green smoothie is the perfect way to deliver protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals to your body in a satisfying and delicious smoothie.
Meal Replacement Smoothie Options
And, if this one just isn’t your vibe, don’t miss my massive archives of tried-and-true smoothies that’ll do your body good. A few favorites:
- The Liver Detox Smoothie That Tastes Great
- The Tahini Banana Well-Being Smoothie
- The Healthy Gut Carrot Cake Smoothie
- Almond Butter Cup Protein Smoothie
- My Ultimate NO-HUNGER Post-Workout Shake
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Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.