When Is a Smoothie a Snack, and When Is It a Meal?

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Smoothies are so much more than a drink, these days. They’ve become meals just as much as slurpable snacks, taking the place of our cereal bowl at breakfast or even our salad at lunch.

But smoothies aren’t one-size-fits-all. That 8 a.m. smoothie needs to look a whole lot different than that 3 p.m. smoothie if you want it to keep you satisfied until lunch. So what makes a smoothie a snack, and what makes it a whole meal? Let’s take a look.

Your Smoothie as Meal

In order for a smoothie to qualify as a meal, it needs a few extra hearty ingredients — simply fruit blended with coconut water is not going to cut it.

  • Grab at least two high-protein additions like Greek yogurt, tofu, nut butter, and chia seeds.
  • A fiber boost helps too. Try adding oats, dates, or even pumpkin purée.
  • And don’t forget a bit of healthy fat, like a little coconut oil, avocado, or ground flax seeds.

3 Meal-Worthy Smoothies

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Your Smoothie as Snack

Snack smoothies should be on the lighter side. Throw in those fruits and vegetables, along with some liquid, and leave it at that or make it a little more satisfying with the addition of yogurt or a spoonful of peanut butter. There’s no needs to stack the blender high with tons of protein- and fiber-rich additions, though — a snack smoothie is more of an easy sipper than a meal in a glass.

3 Snack-Worthy Smoothies

What do you add to your smoothies to make them feel like a meal? What do you add to make them better for snacking?

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