Smoothies can be a great way to squeeze in an easy, nutritious breakfast when you’re short on time. Incorporating a variety of plant-based ingredients will help ensure your smoothies are diversified in both macro- and micronutrients.
As delicious and nutrient-rich as smoothies can be, they can sometimes leave your stomach growling just an hour or two later. To give your smoothies some staying power, be sure to include filling protein sources, such as seeds, nut butter, and (plant-based or regular) yogurt or milk. You can also add whole grains—like oats, brown rice, and quinoa—and fats, such as avocado and coconut, to help increase satiety (seeds, nuts, and nut butters double as fat and protein sources).
This recipe is a fun, nutritious take on a classic piña colada. The flavors in this smoothie are perfect for a hot summer day (or any time you need a mental getaway). The addition of the chia seeds adds a healthy source of fats and protein, while the coconut-based yogurt adds probiotics and the well-known traditional coconut flavor of a piña colada. If you can’t find coconut-based yogurt at your local grocery store, add a tablespoon of coconut milk or swap with any yogurt or milk. Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking: Add berries for extra antioxidants; frozen bananas for a soft-serve, velvety texture; or even a handful of spinach to sneak some extra greens into your day.
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup soy milk (or milk of your choosing)
- 1/2 cup coconut yogurt (or yogurt of your choosing)
- 1/4 cup quick or rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut shreds
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
- Pineapple wedge
- Slice of lime
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Serve with garnishes of pineapple, lime, and shredded coconut.