When it comes to breakfast, smoothies are hard to beat. What else packs so much nutritional value into such a convenient (commute-friendly!) package? That said, having a few smoothie recipes that keep you full up your sleeve is key if you’re taking the liquid route for breakfast. Kids and adults alike love them and they’re a great way to make sure that everyone gets a nourishing meal before beginning the day.
Because after all, nobody likes hitting that it’s-10-am-and-I’m-starving slump. Thankfully, we’ve scoured the internet and our own archives to track down the 25 best super-filling smoothie recipes. Below, you’ll find a smoothie for every mood—from detoxing greens to tangy tropical and creamy decadence—and each is packed with the vitamins and nutrients you need to make it until lunch.
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Start the day right with 25 smoothie recipes that keep you full, satisfied, and energized all day long.
The true beauty is that each of these recipes can be customized to your heart’s content. So throw in an extra handful of spinach or some collagen powder and go wild. You may just be inspired to host a smoothie bowl brunch. And let’s keep the list going! What are the smoothie recipes that keep you full? Be sure to share them with us in the comments.
Protein Shake, 6 Ways from Eating Bird Food
Why We Love It: Speaking of customizable—this recipe gives you step-by-step instructions for blending up the best protein shake to fit your taste buds and energy levels. And trust me, the recipes go way beyond the bland, cardboard-tasting protein shakes of yore. These are next-level, y’all.
Hero Ingredient: It’s hard to call out a hero ingredient because the recipes vary depending on the flavor you’re going for. But between coffee, vanilla, peanut butter, chocolate, banana, and a vegan spin, you’ll have endless options to choose from. (Hint: All are delicious.)
Get the recipe for Protein Shake, 6 Ways.
Salted Caramel Chip Smoothie from Olivia Noceda
Why We Love It: Everything Olivia Noceda touches is gold—and the same is true for every delicious recipe she dreams up on Instagram. From nourishing bowls to sky-high toasts, this girl knows how to make healthy eats taste surprisingly indulgent. Case in point, this salted caramel chip smoothie.
Hero Ingredient: Salted caramel’s a classic for a reason, so if you’re wary of the pinch of salt, just trust.
Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Chip Smoothie.
Chocolate Protein Shake from Minimalist Baker
Why We Love It: Chocolate shakes have been a staple in all of our drinkable-breakfast arsenals for years, but this one boasts a trifecta of wins that send it straight to the top of my best smoothies list. It’s plant-based, filled with 20 grams of protein, and manages to be protein-powder free. How does it happen? The magical combo of hemp seeds, chia seeds, and good old PB.
Hero Ingredient: While you can swap out the cacao powder for cocoa if you don’t keep the former on hand, I’d say it’s worth the extra trip to the store. The slightly bitter, but still sweet flavor rounds out your smoothie beautifully.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Protein Shake.
Lemon Smoothie from Real Food Whole Life
Why We Love It: Sipping on a smoothie that looks and tastes like sunshine? Yes, please. There’s something endlessly joyful about blending up and drinking something bright and summery in the AM. This recipe is the perfect mix of tangy and sweet, with no shortage of superfoods to boot.
Hero Ingredient: Suspicious of the cauliflower rice? Don’t be! Not only does it pack your smoothie full of fiber, but it also makes the final result super creamy.
Get the recipe for Lemon Smoothie.
Vegan Beaming Banana Berry Detox Smoothie from Blissful Basil
Why We Love It: Get your daily dose of antioxidants with this scrumptious berry smoothie. Best of all, those with dietary restrictions can also enjoy this sweet treat.
Hero Ingredient: As someone who’s always looking for natural ways to fill my diet with more electrolytes, coconut water is one of my go-to’s. It fills this smoothie with potassium, sodium, and manganese, ensuring you stay well hydrated all throughout the day.
Get the recipe for Vegan Beaming Banana Berry Detox Smoothie.
Protein-Packed Cookies and Cream Smoothie
Why We Love It: There’s a reason this is Jennifer Garner’s favorite smoothie! It tastes like a milkshake but is jam-packed with nutrients that will keep you feeling full and at the top of your game. You simply can’t go wrong.
Hero Ingredient: This recipe recommends a chocolate-coconut protein and collagen powder, so you can double down on your anti-aging, protein-fueling efforts with ease.
Get the recipe for Protein-Packed Cookies and Cream Smoothie.
Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie from The Fitchen
Why We Love It: Prep this smoothie the night before for a quick and easy breakfast full of flavor and healthy ingredients. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation in the Caribbean!
Hero Ingredient: Frozen butternut squash rounds out the yellowy-orange hue of this made-for-summer smoothie. It offers a bit of welcome sweetness, too.
Get the recipe for Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie.
Banana, Coconut, and Cacao Smoothie
Why We Love It: Get a little energy boost courtesy of a cacao-laden smoothie. It tastes like a chocolate banana shake, but it’s both gluten- and dairy-free, so you won’t feel like you just drank a cup of melted ice cream.
Hero Ingredient: A teaspoon of maple syrup gives this smoothie just enough sweetness, so you can feel like you’re sipping on a treat without crashing later in the day.
Get the recipe for Banana, Coconut, and Cacao Smoothie.
Blueberry Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Why We Love It: Blending up a sweet and salty, PB and banana smoothie isn’t anything new. But peanut butter and blueberries? Consider me intrigued. This smoothie only calls for five ingredients and five minutes of your time. Easy, efficient, and totally effortless.
Hero Ingredient: In lieu of actual peanut butter, this smoothie gets all of its deliciously nutty (and filling!) flavor from peanut butter protein powder. The recipe recommends Amazing Grass for a healthy boost of greens.
Get the recipe for Blueberry Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie.
Green Machine Smoothie from Garden in the Kitchen
Why We Love It: Get all the green goodness your heart desires with this nutrient-packed and tasty smoothie. It tastes like the tropics thanks to pineapple juice and a hearty collection of green fruits and veggies that your body will adore.
Hero Ingredient: The easiest way to make your smoothie taste like a spa day delight? Add cucumber! Unsuspecting, yes, but so full of nutrients that support your wellbeing, inside and out.
Get the recipe for Green Machine Smoothie.
Vanilla Fig Smoothie With Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Why We Love It: Elevate your everyday smoothie experience with this decadent concoction. It’s (ever-so-slightly) more labor-intensive than the average smoothie, but it’s worth it.
Hero Ingredient: You really can’t say no to a whipped cream-topped smoothie. The cinnamon sends it over the top.
Get the recipe for Vanilla Fig Smoothie With Cinnamon Whipped Cream.
Pomegranate Berry Smoothie from Kitchen Confidant
Why We Love It: When something is this gorgeously hued and vibrant, you know you’re in for a treat. This smoothie is a great option for when you’re craving something to break up holiday-season indulgences, but still want to sip on something decidedly fresh and in season.
Hero Ingredient: Get a burst of sweet and tart flavor thanks to this pomegranate-laden smoothie. The deep purple color makes this smoothie as beautiful to behold as it is delicious and nutritious.
Get the recipe for Pomegranate Berry Smoothie.
Peach, Kale, and Coconut Smoothie
Why We Love It: Sneak some kale into this healthy and tasty smoothie treat. The peach and coconut combo will fully subdue the kale flavor, so even the pickiest breakfast eaters will love this one.
Hero Ingredient: Kale is a go-to, green smoothie add—and for good reason. Just be sure to tear the leaves from the stems. Nothing ruins a gorgeous, glow-boosting smoothie like tough bits of kale.
Get the recipe for Peach, Kale, and Coconut Smoothie.
Blueberry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie from Kristine’s Kitchen
Why We Love It: Gotta love a purple, blueberry-filled breakfast delight. If you’re looking for delicious ways to get more spinach into your diet, this smoothie is probably the simplest solution for working it in. A whole cup of spinach before 10 a.m.? Easy.
Hero Ingredient: The blueberries might give this smoothie its color, but the Greek yogurt delivers a creamy texture and hint of tang that’ll put this recipe in your regular rotation.
Get the recipe for Blueberry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie.
Detox Green Smoothie With Chia Seeds from Ally’s Cooking
Why We Love It: Start the day with this super nutritious smoothie recipe. I love a recipe where literally every single ingredient supports stabilized energy, hunger, and overall high vibes. Spinach, pineapple, chia seeds, and more? There’s nothing not to love.
Hero Ingredient: The chia seeds are an incredible source of fiber and will keep you full until lunchtime.
Get the recipe for Detox Green Smoothie With Chia Seeds.
Chocolate Green Smoothie
Why We Love It: Because mint and chocolate together is never a bad idea. This may be the most delicious and nutritious to enjoy the two: In a green smoothie that will serve and lift you up in the hours that follow it.
Hero Ingredient: Chopped zucchini? In a smoothie? While I’d never tell anyone to follow a recipe with blind trust, incorporating the veggie in this recipe not only gives your smoothie a nutrient boost, but you’ll never detect the flavor.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Green Smoothie.
High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie from The Lemon Bowl
Why We Love It: This smoothie is not only gorgeous in color, but it’s also full of protein to keep you fully satisfied. As a breakfast or any time of day go-to, it delivers, 100 percent.
Hero Ingredient: Blueberries are the addicting antioxidant powerhouse that I’m happy to make part of my everyday eating routine.
Get the recipe for High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie.
Cafe Mocha Protein Smoothie from Jennifer Meyering
Why We Love It: While this recipe might technically be more of a shake than a smoothie, I still think it counts. Pro tip: Throw in some kale or spinach to add your greens to this delicious coffee smoothie.
Hero Ingredient: The addition of vanilla protein powder might be a little unexpected, given that this smoothie already uses chocolate protein powder as well. But it really makes the mocha vibes happen.
Get the recipe for Cafe Mocha Protein Smoothie.
Glowing Chocolate Cherry Smoothie from Hello Glow
Why We Love It: Apparently, Jennifer Aniston starts her mornings with a similar smoothie and if a smoothie could make me feel as good as she (always) seems to, I wouldn’t even care what it tasted like. Luckily, this recipe leans on the classic chocolate-cherry combo and definitely does the pairing justice.
Hero Ingredient: Lean into the age-defying boost of collagen. Jen does too, after all.
Get the recipe for Glowing Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.
Ginger Mango Spinach Smoothie from Alaska from Scratch
Why We Love It: When you’re looking to eat healthy with little fresh, in-season options available, making the most of your freezer is a good route to go. That’s exactly the approach this smoothie takes, using frozen mango to get the fruity flavor you crave minus the hassle of trying to find it at the store. The Greek yogurt in this smoothie recipe will definitely keep you full, too.
Hero Ingredient: I love adding ginger to my smoothies for all of the health benefits and the killer flavor.
Get the recipe for Ginger Mango Spinach Smoothie.
Almond Butter Spinach Smoothie from What’s Gabby Cooking
Why We Love It: What do I love about smoothies? Let me count the ways. They’re endlessly easy to make and customize, can pack all the supportive nutrients your body and brain need, and are best consumed with one hand free and the other attending to, well… everything your day requires. This green smoothie makes it happen, deliciously.
Hero Ingredient: Almond butter is my favorite healthy smoothie ingredient. It truly adds so much flavor and keeps me full for so much longer.
Get the recipe for Almond Butter Spinach Smoothie.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie from The Recipe Rebel
Why We Love It: Ever since I was a kid, chocolate and peanut butter have been my all-time favorite flavor combo. This smoothie recipe allows me to indulge in my favorite foods. Minus the sugar rush, of course.
Hero Ingredient: The key to making this smoothie taste just like a milkshake? Surprisingly, it isn’t the PB. You can thank the banana instead.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie.
Apple Smoothie from Fit Foodie Finds
Why We Love It: If you are anti-bananas, this smoothie is perfect for you, as it uses apples and nut butter to give it its creaminess. It also tastes just like an apple pie, so if you’re into your breakfast tasting like dessert, this is a must-try.
Hero Ingredient: Nutty and nutrient-packed, flaxseed gives this smoothie not only an extra boost of plant-based protein and fiber but it also sends the fall vibes home.
Get the recipe for Apple Smoothie.
Vegan Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie from Ambitious Kitchen
Why We Love It: This smoothie is a perfect filling breakfast or a great post-workout snack. The oats make it so filling, and I love that it’s vegan and easy on my stomach.
Hero Ingredient: While there are plenty of PB-inclusive smoothies on this list, I have to give my hot take: almond butter wins the battle of best nut butter. It’s salty and creamy without being overly rich. And it sends this smoothie over the top.
Get the recipe for Vegan Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie.
Green Peanut Butter Smoothie from Bon Appétit
Why We Love It: If you’re looking for a quick and easy smoothie that’ll give you both greens and protein, this is it. Plus, if you’re not super into the taste of green smoothies, the peanut butter, or whatever nut butter you use, does a great job of masking the taste.
Hero Ingredient: Just a touch of cinnamon gives this smoothie the perfect spicy kick.
Get the recipe for Green Peanut Butter Smoothie.
This post was originally published on June 8, 2020, and has since been updated.