5 Smoothie Recipes That'll Keep You Satisfied Until Lunchtime

The art of a smoothie is a magical thing. With so many flavor combinations and miscellaneous ingredients that you can incorporate into your craft, where do you begin? From the sweet to the savory, it's an easy task to get lost in translation. While your options are plentiful, it can be difficult to pinpoint (and then make yourself purchase) those ingredients that add depth in taste and are actually good for you.

We know what you're thinking--well fruit is good for me, so I can just load up a smoothie with fruits and I'll be good to go, right? In theory, yes, but your stomach (and your blood sugar) will likely disagree with you. When crafting a smoothie, it's crucial to identify which ingredients are supplying what nutrients to your body. You'll need to look for filling items such as nut butters, chia or flax seeds, and of course, greens.

Don't be afraid to use milk alternatives such as coconut milk when making smoothies, as well. Not the stuff from the carton, either. We're talking the real deal, full fat, from the can coconut milk.

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Why? Well this stuff is not only super good for you, it's also extremely filling and adds creaminess to any smoothie without the dairy. Dairy doesn't have to be avoided, but it helps when a simple swap can cure your hunger for hours.

Not sure what to get or where to get started? Here are five of our favorite smoothie recipes that will leave your hunger satisfied.

1. Berry Oat Breakfast Smoothie

Running With Spoons

This smoothie contains good-for-you berries and hearty oats to live you feeling full and refreshed all at the same time.

Get the recipe here.

2. Banana Chia Spinach Smoothie

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This smoothie knocks out your veggies and fruit intake for any time of day, and the existence of chia seeds will have you hunger-free.

Get the recipe here.

3. Citrus Flax Green Smoothie

Culinary Hill

You'll hardly even notice the spinach in this smoothie with it's citrus-y counterpart in the mix.

Pro tip: ground your flaxseeds prior to adding them into your smoothie or better yet, use flaxseed meal. Trust us, your blender will thank you.

Get the recipe here.

4. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Almond Butter Smoothie

Spoonful of Flavor

It may seem odd to add sweet potato to a smoothie, and you'd be right about that. However, the addition of the potatoes adds creaminess without the heaviness of yogurt.

Get the recipe here.

5. Tropical Green Smoothie

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Fill up on kale and spinach while escaping to a tropically-flavored wonderland with this combination of greens and juicy pineapple.

One up this smoothie and add a banana and/or avocado for added creaminess and flavor.

Get the recipe here.

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