Waking up in the morning can feel like one of the most challenging things we have to do. Because, let's face it, we all would love to spend our mornings more slowly.
But the reality is, for most of us the mornings come too quickly and are spent getting ready for work. This can lead to grabbing something quick to get a boost of energy on our way out the door, even if it's not a healthy choice.
Instead of reaching for an energy drink or cup of coffee, check out these low-calorie smoothies! They're easy to make and you can drink them on the go, so there's nothing not to love.
Keep reading for our list of the 10 best low calories smoothies to get you up in the morning.
Fruit smoothies are the most classic smoothie choice. They are easy to make, require few ingredients, and leave lots of room for you to play around with different flavors.
The basic ingredients are simple. All you need are your favorite fruits and a liquid such as milk, water, or juice. For a low-calorie option, we recommend unsweetened almond or soy milk. Here are our favorite fruit smoothies!
Orange Immunity Boost
This smoothie is a great source of Vitamin C, which is an excellent immunity booster. Not to mention this citrusy pick me up is a refreshing addition to your morning.
To make, use one peeled orange, half of a banana, around 1 cup of mango, and half of a cup of your favorite plant-based milk.
Strawberry Mango Surprise
This delicious combo will make you feel like you are sitting in a tropical paradise. Plus, with an added serving of veggies, this recipe is perfect for building those healthy habits.
To make, use 2 cups of strawberries, 1 and 1/2 cups of mango, 1 and 1/2 cups of almond milk, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and last but certainly not least 1/2 a cup of carrots. The lemon adds a surprisingly enjoyable pop of citrus to this blend that perfectly compliments the sweet mango and berries.
The Classic Strawberry
A go-to classic, this strawberry smoothie is nutritious, creamy, and packed with protein. Not to mention the light pink color makes it appealing to all ages.
Take one cup of strawberries, 1/4 of a cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter, 3/4 of a cup of almond milk, and blend. For an added boost of sweetest, add-in a few spoonfuls of honey until you've reached the desired flavor.
PB & J
Take your favorite beloved snack and turn it into a delicious morning treat with a PB & J smoothie. This is one that the whole family will enjoy.
To make, use 1 and 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1 and 1/2 cup of raspberries, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1 cup of almond or soy milk. For an added boost of nutrients, add in 1/2 cup of chia seeds.
Green smoothies are an excellent way to get those added servings of veggies you've been missing out on.
But don't let the green color scare you away, these smoothies taste just as good as their fruity companions except they're packed full with added nutrients and vitamins. Check out these delicious options!
The Green Goddess
This refreshing blend has a tropical twist that will leave you energized all morning long. And with a hearty serving of fresh spinach, this smoothie is full of nutrients your body needs.
To make, use 1 whole banana, 1 cup of pineapple, 1 diced pear, 1 peeled orange, 3 cups of fresh spinach, and 1 cup of plant-based milk or water. For an added caffeine-free pick me up, add-in one of these energy-boosting mixes.
Apple Spinach Detox
Who doesn't love a tasty smoothie that is also detoxing to your body? This apple spinach detox smoothie is packed full of ingredients that are good for you, making it a yummy and healthy start to your day. With the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors, it will quickly become one of your favorites.
To make, use 1 banana, 1 green apple, 3 cups of spinach, half a chopped cucumber, 1/2 cup of almond milk, and a tablespoon of lemon juice.
Perfect Pineapple Kale
This smoothie is truly perfect, bringing your body protein, fiber, and antioxidants. If you've been skeptical of kale before, this pineapple kale smoothie is sure to change your mind.
To make, use 1 banana, 2 cups of kale, 1/4 cup of pineapple, 1/4 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, 3/4 cup of almond milk, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1-2 teaspoons of honey.
The last category on our list is oatmeal breakfast smoothies. These recipes are perfect if you feel like fruit smoothies never truly fill you up.
Adding oats to smoothies not only makes them thick and creamy but the oats are also packed with fiber and nutrients. Here are some yummy oatmeal smoothie options.
This creamy blueberry smoothie packs a healthy punch with servings of fruit, greens, and oats! And it's sure to keep you full all the way until lunch.
To make, use one cup of blueberries, 1 cup of fresh spinach, 3 tablespoons of old-fashioned oats, 1/3 cup of greek yogurt, and 3/4 cup of almond milk.
Are you looking for a smoothie that tastes more like a milkshake than a smoothie? Yet it is still low calorie and full of healthy ingredients? Then this cinnamon banana smoothie is the one for you.
To make, use 1 banana, 4 or 5 pitted dates, a half cup of old-fashioned oats, a cup of almond milk, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and one tablespoon on nut butter.
Apple pie is a classic American dessert. And although you shouldn't have apple pie for breakfast, this dessert-like smoothie is full of all your favorite apple pie flavors without the high-calorie count. This makes for the perfect sweet treat to start your day.
To make, use 1 chopped apple, 1 chopped pear, 1 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats, 1/4 cup of almond milk, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Try These Low-Calorie Smoothies
Try out these low-calorie smoothies and you're sure to find your new favorite recipe. Making yourself a smoothie in the morning is a rewarding way to start your day and give your body a boost!
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