JAVA BUZZ SHAKE
Sometimes all you need to power through the high-stress/low-willpower hours just before dinner is a little jolt of caffeine. This smoothie, from David Zinczenko, nutrition expert and creator of Eat This, Not That!, will give you a little buzz while also providing a healthy dose of filling protein to help you stay strong through dinner.
Recipe: Blend 4 coffee ice cubes (freeze your favorite coffee in an ice cube tray), 1 can unsweetened coconut milk, 1⁄4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1⁄2 frozen banana, and 1 scoop chocolate plant-based protein powder.
Nutrition facts: 208 calories, 17g carbohydrates, 24g protein, 5g fat
MANGO MATCHA SHAKE
This shake is packed with filling ingredients but the secret weapon is the matcha powder, says Maria Marlowe, certified nutrition and health coach and author of The Real Food Grocery Guide. It’s full of an antioxidant, EGCG, which has been shown in some studies to aid in weight loss. “Anecdotally, my sister has been having this mango matcha smoothie bowl nearly every day for the past three weeks, as part of an overall healthy diet, and has dropped 11 pounds,” she says. In addition, the hemp and avocado provides satiating fat while the fruits are full of flavor.
Recipe: Blend 1 cup butter lettuce (or other leafy green), 3 tablespoons hemp seeds, 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 avocado, 1 cup mango, juice of 1 lime, 1 teaspoon matcha powder, and ice.
Nutrition facts: 386 calories, 47g carbohydrates, 13g protein, 18g fat