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These smoothie combos are a cinch to prepare

3 go-to recipes that are low on time but big on flavour.

Smoothies are not only tasty with a capital T but the ideal breakfast for those who are time-strapped. Whether it’s because you’re perpetually late or just prefer to hit the snooze button for some extra shut eye come morning, smoothies are the ultimate quick meal, requiring minimal time to prep and make. To speed up the process even further, you can also prep ahead by throwing all your smoothie ingredients in a zip-lock bag or Tupperware container the night before, to be thrown in the blender the next day.

Really, the hardest thing about smoothies is picking your flavour combo. We turn to the following trio of easy-as-pie combos time and time again for smoothies that are as easy to make as they are to drink:

For the chocoholic: For a sweeter fix, try this creamy cacao, banana and avocado smoothie. For one large smoothie, blend together 1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk, 1 frozen banana, ½ an avocado, 3 medjool dates, 1 tablespoon of cacao powder, and ½ a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter. Simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender, whip together, and enjoy.

For the lover of greens: Sometimes the easiest way to eat your greens is to blend them together and have them in one swift gulp. For one large smoothie, blend together 1 frozen banana, ½ an avocado, 1 cup of almond or coconut milk, 1 handful of frozen spinach, ½ a frozen zucchini (we promise you won’t be able to taste it), and 1 tablespoon of greens powder or spirulina. Again all you need to do is throw these babies in a blender together, and whip to desired consistency. If you prefer your green smoothie a little less creamy you can use coconut water instead of milk, and add any greens on hand you have in the fridge (like celery, cucumber etc).

For the gym junkie: Whether you’re focused on muscle mass or really just after a smoothie that will leave you fuller for longer, this recipe has your back courtesy of its double-protein hit of nut butter and protein powder. For one large smoothie blend together 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 tablespoon of almond or peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of oats, ½ cup frozen raspberries, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup almond milk. Throw together in a blender and whip it up to your desired consistency. If you find that the mixture is too thick (on account of all the frozen goods inside), simply add a splash of water or nut milk and blend again.

Bottoms up!

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