Low-energy bouts are a reality we all face and are constantly battling, due to our busy schedules. While a piece of chocolate or a shot of espresso can be a quick fix, there's an even better answer: a wholesome smoothie that not only boosts your energy but also assists with the hunger that so often comes with an afternoon slump.
These seven recipes contain healthy proteins, carbs, and fats that supply energy, plus a few other surprise ingredients that are known to naturally give you a little jolt. So when you're feeling like you just need a nap, grab that blender.
This pretty pink smoothie get its power boost from Greek yogurt. Since this variety of yogurt is strained, it's full of protein, which will help you to feel full and satisfied. With a hefty 3/4 cup tossed into the blender to make two smoothies, each serving gets about 8 grams of protein.
Roasted sweet potatoes lend an orange hue plus healthy carbohydrates to this smoothie. That means you'll get a boost of energy plus long-lasting fiber that will keep you satisfied. This smoothie also contains dates for a natural sugar kick, tahini for a little good fat and protein, and bee pollen (loaded with vitamins and minerals) for supposedly enhanced natural energy.
The power of this smoothie lies in the bananas. The fruit is a rich source of potassium and vitamin B6, both of which can help counteract fatigue and lack of energy. You'll also get some healthy fats from ground flaxseed, almond butter, and raw cashews, which can help with energy production.
The secret to this power smoothie is spirulina, which is a powder derived from freshwater algae. It may sounds strange, but it does the body good: It's a complete protein and a plant-based source of iron, B vitamins, antioxidants, and calcium. This plus the addition of healthy fats from hemp seeds equals a balanced snack that's sure to give you a boost.
While there are lots of good energy-boosting ingredients in here like dates and avocado, the real star here is the coffee. This is the smoothie to make when only a strong caffeine kick will do the trick.
This green smoothie isn't just for mornings — it's great anytime you're in need of some energy. Kale contains the amino acid L-tyrosine, which can help give you a mental lift; coconut water is hydrating and full of potassium (so is the banana!); and flax oil provides some healthy, nourishing fat.
While the inclusion of almond butter bulks up this smoothie, what really adds heft is the handful of rolled oats. The high amount of fiber found in rolled oats helps to stabilize blood-sugar levels, which helps you feel (and stay) energized.