Unless you have time to cook up bacon and sausage every morning, you’re probably already having at least one meatless meal a day for breakfast. But, you may be lacking in the plant department. Our go-to breakfasts tend to include foods like overnight oats, yogurt, or breakfast bars, which may be healthy, but they don’t have nearly enough veggies and fruit than what you could be getting. Enter: plant-based smoothie recipes. It may not be realistic to throw together a veggie scramble or breakfast salad every morning, but it is easy to blend up these plant-based smoothies.
Convenience isn’t the only thing going for you when you blend up a smoothie. These plant-based smoothies are both a nutrient-dense powerhouse and can be a boon to your health. A plant-based diet is a simple way to improve your health by eating more food rather than subtracting the foods you love.
Blend away boring breakfasts with these 10 game-changing plant-based smoothie recipes.
Beyond lending a bright bluish-green color to your tropical smoothie, spirulina algae is rich in protein and energizing B vitamins. That’s this plant-based smoothie recipe blends it with frozen pineapple and banana for a tropical twang.
Get the recipe for Spirulina Piña Colada Smoothie.
If you thought it wasn’t possible to eat something that tastes like Nutella but has 18 grams of protein, let us prove you wrong. This plant-based smoothie combines functional mushrooms, adaptogens, chocolate hazelnut milk, and—for a plant boost—riced cauliflower.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie.
This plant-based smoothie recipe should be your go-to after a workout or even right before falling asleep. Cottage cheese adds slow-digesting protein to this recipe, which has been shown to help you stay satiated throughout the night—no more trouble falling asleep with a grumbling stomach.
Get the recipe for PB&J Inspired Smoothie.
Rich in antioxidants, matcha has been shown to help protect against heart disease and boost your metabolism. In this plant-based smoothie recipe, we pair it with a touch of honey and herbal mint for a fresh and herbal way to get your caffeine in the morning.
Get the recipe for Matcha Mint Plant-Based Smoothie.
Add more vegetables to your breakfast with finely-grated carrot and chickpeas. After one sip of this cake-inspired smoothie, you’d never realize you’re getting a healthy dose of veggies and gut-health-supporting fiber.
Get the recipe for Carrot Cake Plant-Based Smoothie.
Yes, we’re giving you permission to have dessert for breakfast—as long as it’s this smoothie. Graham crackers, lime juice and zest, spinach, and frozen banana blend up to deliver the taste you love but with a fraction of the calories.
Get the recipe for Key Lime Pie Plant-Based Smoothie.
Looking for a better pre-workout beverage? Make this smoothie your go-to. The beets we use in this recipe are rich in nitrates, which have been proven to improve endurance during exercise by allowing muscles to work more efficiently while improving performance. We recommend adding a half cup of ice cubes or more to get a chilled beverage since we don’t use any frozen fruit.
Get the recipe for Beet Citrus Smoothie.
Want to switch up your smoothie routine? Try pears! Bartlett pears are perfect for smoothies because they’re juicy and an excellent source of fiber—something very essential for smoothies that tend to be high in simple carbs. We pair (pun intended) the pear with cardamom—a close relative of the ginger family. It has an aroma of sweet, spiced wood and provides a punchy flavor to all plant-based smoothie recipes.
Get the recipe for Pear Cardamom Smoothie.
An unexpected way to add creaminess to all your plant-based smoothie recipes is with silken tofu. Silken tofu is softer than your traditional packaged tofu because it’s undrained and unpressed tofu. This plant-based protein contains iron and calcium, which are nutrients many people following plant-based diets miss out on.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Silken Tofu Smoothie.
One of our favorite plant-based smoothie recipes is this masala chai tea and oats blend. Using tea is a great way to add flavor and health benefits to smoothies. Studies have shown that black tea, which is used in masala chai, may help improve mental clarity and work performance. Not a bad start to the day!
Get the recipe for Chai Tea Breakfast Smoothie.