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The 30 Best-Ever Weight Loss Smoothies

Turn your body into a hyper-efficient fat-burning machine by revving up your metabolism.
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If you had the power to make your life better in just 30 seconds, would you use it? Well, that power is yours. With the simple push of a button, you can blend up weight loss smoothies that turn your body into a hyper-efficient fat-burning machine. Weight loss smoothies can help rev your metabolism, tone and define your muscles, and turn off the genes that contribute to fat storage and a myriad of chronic health issues.

All you need is a blender to create the perfect weight-loss smoothie.

Healthy smoothies for weight loss are made with the right blend of weight-loss foods that are scientifically proven to decrease body fat. Some of the common ingredients we include in these smoothies for weight loss are:

  • Protein powder for weight loss: these powders are low in sugar or other sweeteners, low in calories, and rich in high-quality protein that, in combination with strength exercises, will help build metabolism-boosting muscle mass
  • Healthy fats: healthy fats like nut butters, avocado, and MCT oil will help to slow digestion to keep you fuller longer to prevent overeating
  • Fiber: consuming fiber-rich ingredients like chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, leafy greens, and oats can help prevent spikes in blood sugar that can lead to the storage of carbs as fat
  • Low sugar: fruit is the base of all smoothies, and because fruit naturally contains sugar, there's no need to add extra sweeteners like honey, orange juice, or frozen yogurt that only serve to add empty calories

We've rounded up 30 smoothies for weight loss you should add to your meal plan. And for when you're in a time crunch, take a look at 57 Healthy Weight Loss Dinner Recipes for Super Busy Weeknights.

1

Berry Cauliflower Smoothie

berry cauliflower smoothie
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This beautiful drink beams with a stunning purple color thanks to the blueberries that entice you to drink it. Although the addition of cauliflower may throw you off at first, this vegetable actually enhances the creaminess of the drink, also providing you with tons of nutrients. Scoop in some protein powder or peanut butter for a filling and satisfying weight loss smoothie!

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Tone It Up Protein
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice or whole pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp. ground chia seeds
2

Paleo Piña Colada Smoothie

paleo pina colada smoothie in three glasses with little umbrellas
Rebecca Firkser/Eat This, Not That!

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, you're going to love this piña colada smoothie that is much healthier than the OG version. While it doesn't have any alcohol, you're still getting a refreshing taste of pineapple and coconut. Pour it into a cocktail glass and add an umbrella in, no one will know the difference!

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch chunks, frozen for at least 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 medjool date
  • Fresh cherries, for garnish
3

Spirulina Piña Colada Smoothie 

spirulina pina colada smoothie with pineapple in background
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Now take this tropical paradise drink and make it plant-based by using spirulina, an algae superfood. The coconut base with frozen pineapple still gives you that piña colada feel in this smoothie, but the blue-green color of the spirulina brings out a beautiful bright and cheery color, only making it more enticing to drink.

4

Pear Cardamom Oats Smoothie

cardamom pear smoothie in glass garnished with pear
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Pears aren't something you'd normally see in smoothies, but hear us out! When ripe, Bartlet pears are juicy and soft, perfect for blending, and perfect for flavor. Plus, you get a good source of fiber. Combining them with oats for creaminess also gives you some natural sweetness. So go ahead and give pears a try with this smoothie recipe!

Makes 2 servings:

5

Raspbery Peach-Swirled Smoothie

raspberry peach swirled smoothies
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

There's something to be said about classic peaches and cream flavor. The addition of raspberries adds a nice tartness to the smoothie mix, while the Greek yogurt creates a creamy consistency. The best part? All of the fruits are naturally sweetened, so no need to pour in extra sugar, making this a great weight-loss smoothie!

  • 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 5.3-oz cartons of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peach slices
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into 2-inch chunks and frozen for at least 2 hours
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Fresh raspberries (optional)

NUTRITION: 352 calories / 1 g fat / 7 g fiber / 60 g sugar / 14 g protein

6

Key Lime Pie Smoothie

key lime pie smoothie
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

A pie you can drink? That's a win. A healthy version of a pie you can drink? Double win! This plant-based key lime pie smoothie incorporates all the deliciousness of a key lime pie, including the graham cracker, and adds in some more nutritional value thanks to the spinach.

7

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

dragon fruit smoothie bowl with pineapple chunks and pepitas
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Although technically a "bowl," who's stopping you from pouring it into a glass? This one is too pretty not to include. The colors of the bright dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) make the smoothie more enticing. The addition of kombucha gives you plentiful probiotics (and does wonders for your immune system), while the pineapple gives it a sweeter, more tropical taste. It'll be like you're sipping smoothies on a faraway beach resort.

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup frozen pink dragon fruit flesh
  • 1/2 cup kombucha
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 1/2 tsp raw pepitas
  • Fresh mint leaves

NUTRITION: 182 calories / 4 g fat / 3 g fiber / 24 g sugar / 6 g protein

8

Avocado-Lime Smoothie

avocado lime smoothie on a white cutting board with limes and a knife on a green table
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Known for its versatile uses in recipes, the avocado puts the "smooth" in this smoothie thanks to its creamy consistency. This green fruit makes for perfect weight-loss food, as it's full of nutrients and filling and a great source of healthy fats. With the addition of lime and some fresh mint, you may have a healthy smoothie version of a mojito (just with more weight-loss benefits, of course).

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped peeled pear
  • 1/4 medium-size ripe avocado, seeded and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • Fresh mint and/or lime slice

NUTRITION: 312 calories / 14 g fat / 5 g fiber / 38 g sugar / 3 g protein

9

Coconut Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl

coconut pumpkin smoothie bowls with spoons
Blaine Moats

A smoothie recipe so good, you'll want it for more than just the fall season. The bright orange color resembles a cozy autumn soup, but then you're surprised by the hint of coconut (which works extremely well together). This use of canned pumpkin allows you to feel the essence of the season.

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup light canned coconut milk
  • 1 5- to 6-oz container coconut-flavor low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 bananas, sliced, half the slices frozen
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup raw pepita seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp toasted coconut chips
  • 2 tsp chia seeds

NUTRITION: 244 calories / 9 g fat / 5 g fiber / 23 g sugar / 8 g protein

10

Chocolate Coconut Banana Smoothie

Chocolate coconut banana smoothie
Jason Donnelly

You'll go coco-nuts for this smoothie that tastes like dessert, but actually can help you achieve your weight loss goals. A high-protein (thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt), fat-burning, energy-boosting smoothie that will satisfy your sweet tooth can all be made in under 5 minutes.

This recipe makes two servings:

  • 1 5.3-ounce carton plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1⁄2 cup ice
  • 1⁄2 cup refrigerated unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped dark chocolate

NUTRITION: 183 calories / 6 g fat / 3 g fiber / 19 g sugar / 9 g protein

11

Paleo and Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkin pie smoothie in glass
Rebecca Firkser/Eat This, Not That!

A smoothie so decadent, it's just ad if you're drinking a pumpkin pie. Even more, it's hard to believe that it's healthy. This checks off all the boxes for both paleo and vegan dieters, so everyone can enjoy this seasonal (year-round, if you're a pumpkin lover) healthy treat. A dollop of coconut yogurt on top resembles the whipped cream of a pie, it's very festive!

  • 6 Tbsp canned pumpkin, frozen overnight in an ice cube tray
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Coconut yogurt, for serving (optional)
12

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

paleo strawberry n cream smoothie
Rebecca Firkser/Eat This, Not That!

A simple recipe goes a long way with this strawberries and cream smoothie. A paleo treat, it's perfect for when you need a sugar fix, as you get to reap the benefits of all the good things strawberries have to offer. It may even taste so much like a strawberry milkshake you probably won't miss the real (and unhealthier) thing.

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 can coconut milk, including the water, refrigerated overnight
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cashew milk, frozen overnight in an ice cube tray
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
13

Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie

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by Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

"I really love this weight loss smoothie because it tastes super-decadent, but in reality is just loaded with a ton of natural, unprocessed, and healthful ingredients. The cocoa powder is a good source of flavonoids that are both brain and heart-healthy, and also makes the smoothie taste like I've added a ton of chocolate. In addition to the healthy cocoa, this smoothie also has other healthy ingredients like raspberries which are a source of immune-boosting vitamin C, and spinach that's a source of energizing B vitamins. If I have this smoothie post-workout, I'll also add a plant-based protein like sprouted rice or pea protein to help my muscles recover more quickly."

  • ½ banana
  • 1 handful spinach
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon almond or cashew nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 10 oz unsweetened almond, hemp or coconut milk
  • 1 scoop or serving plant-based protein powder (optional)

NUTRITION: (With scoop of protein) 391 calories / 15 g fat / 38 g carbs / 12 g fiber / 12 g sugar / 34 g protein
NUTRITION: (Without scoop of protein) 257 calories / 15 g fat / 32 g carbs / 11 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 8.6 g protein

14

Wake-Up Call

Berry smoothie
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by Kristin Reisinger, MS, RD, CSSD, founder and owner of IronPlate Studios

"Combining a non-dairy, low-calorie smoothie first thing in the morning with a roughly even portion of high-quality protein and good carbs is a great start to anyone looking to lose weight and be healthy. Starting the day off with a smoothie such as this will pull your body out of it's overnight fasting state, and the carbohydrates from healthy, mixed berries combined with high-quality protein will give you the quick energy and protein uptake your body needs first thing in the morning without being 'too much."

  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • Handful of spinach
  • 8 oz unsweetened Silk almond milk
  • 1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder (Reisinger uses VegaOne Vanilla Performance Protein)

NUTRITION: 230 calories / 2.5 g fat / 20 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 7 g sugar / 26 g protein

15

Coconut Cashew Protein Smoothie

Coconut cashew chocolate smoothie
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by Cassie Bjork, RD, LD of Redefined Weight Loss

"This is my go-to smoothie recipe for weight loss because it contains a balance of protein, fat, and carbs which promote stable blood sugar levels, and in turn, your pancreas can secrete your fat-burning hormone, glucagon! And it's so good, you can drink one every morning and not get sick of it."

  • ½ banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cashew butter
  • ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 scoops of dairy-free PaleoMeal protein powder
  • 1 scoop of Espresso Dynamic Greens
  • 2-3 ice cubes

NUTRITION: 315 calories / 21 g fat / 26 g carbs / 4 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 14 g protein

16

Kale Recharge Smoothie

kale ginger spinach lime banana smoothie
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by Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, CDN, CFT, The Nutrition Twins

With such a low protein count, this smoothie wouldn't qualify as a meal replacement, but it does pair well with an omelet, as the nutritionists suggest. Serves 3.

  • 1 frozen, very ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley (or cilantro)
  • ¾ cup spinach, loosely packed
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • ¾ cups curly kale, stems removed, loosely packed
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 8 ounces water
  • 4 ice cubes

NUTRITION: 58 calories / 0 g fat / 14 g carbs / 3 g fiber / 5 g sugar / 2 g protein

17

Cassetta's Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin smoothie
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by Jennifer Cassetta, MS, CN, clinical nutritionist, personal trainer

"Pumpkin pie without the pie, all year round? Yes, please! Pumpkin is a good clean burning carbohydrate and when you add the protein powder you'll balance your blood sugar as well as add the perfect components for a post-workout recovery meal."

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ scoop Vega Vanilla protein powder
  • A handful of ice cubes

NUTRITION: 331 calories / 10 g fat / 42 g carbs / 11 g fiber / 17 g sugar / 24 g protein

18

Apple Pi

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Pink Lady apples are among the most nutrient-rich varieties, according to a study at the University of Western Australia. This smoothie combines the apple with vanilla and cinnamon flavors to give you a uniquely autumnal fruit drink.

  • ¼ frozen banana
  • ½ Pink Lady apple with peel, seeded and quartered
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
  • 3.14 dashes of ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional but recommended)

NUTRITION: 273 calories / 7.4 g fat / 27 g carbs / 5.5 g fiber / 15 g sugar / 26 g protein

19

'Peach Out' Peach Oat Cobbler

Peach banana oat smoothie
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Like a light and summery bowl of oats—this is comfort food in a glass. Unless it's August and the peaches in your neck of the woods are perfect, opt for frozen peaches instead. The vanilla in the protein powder will combine with the peaches for a bright, warm, and hearty drink.

  • ½ peach
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 277 calories / 4 g fat / 33 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

20

Ginger Man

Ginger man smoothie
Eat This, Not That!

Ginger packs high levels of health-boosting phytonutrients. But use fresh ginger: Chances are you bought that powdered ginger in your cabinet three years ago when you made a pumpkin pie, and it's been losing potency ever since. To keep fresh ginger on hand, break it into small chunks and freeze it, then allow to defrost before grating.

  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • Dash of ground pepper
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 264 calories / 5 g fat / 26 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 11 g sugar / 29 g protein

21

Raspberry Pistachio Cream

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Those Hulk-colored nuts have their own special fat-burning powers. In a recent Nutrition study, two groups followed nearly identical diet and exercise regimens; however, one of the groups was fed unsalted pistachios, while the other group was not. Surprisingly enough, the pistachio group members lost more belly chub and showed better improvements in their blood glucose and cholesterol levels than the control group participants.

  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ½ avocado, peeled, pitted, and quartered
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (necessary)

NUTRITION: 266 calories / 9 g fat / 18 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 8 g sugar / 30 g protein

22

Banana Split

banana split chocolate cherry sundae smoothie
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Valentine's Day in a glass. Don't underestimate the healing powers of dark chocolate—it's not there as a gimmick. When you combine fruit and dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), you accelerate the release of butyrate, a compound made in your large intestine that tells your fat-storage genes to chill out.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 fresh cherries, pitted
  • 2 dark chocolate squares
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Topping: 1 more cherry

NUTRITION: 280 calories / 3 g fat / 35 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 17 g sugar / 28 g protein

23

Peachy Keen

Peach smoothie
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As fruits go, bananas and peaches are polar opposites: bananas provide fiber and a rich consistency, while peaches add antioxidants for very few calories.

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 287 calories / 3 g fat / 36 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 22 g sugar / 29 g protein

24

Sprig Of Parsley

sprig of parsley
Eat This, Not That!

This is the world's most overlooked superfood: Studies show that parsley is actually denser with nutrients than kale, dandelion greens, or romaine lettuce. Combine it with superheroes like watercress and chia and you've got a mighty fat-fighting drink.

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (including the stems)
  • ½ cup watercress
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 214 calories / 2 g fat / 22 g carbs / 4 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 28.5 g protein

25

Tea For One

Green tea smoothie
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I can't recommend green tea enough as a smoothie enhancer. In fact, people who drink green tea regularly have nearly 20 percent less body fat than those who don't, according to one 10-year Taiwanese study. And EGCG, the unique ingredient in green tea, can deactivate the genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity.

  • 1 cup green tea
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅛ avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 245 calories / 6 g fat / 23 g carbs / 5 g fiber / 11 g sugar / 26 g protein

26

Dark Chocolate Banana Nut

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If you want your weight loss smoothies to taste like dessert, this recipe should be your go-to. Four words that combine to sound like a jam session at Ben & Jerry's house. The density of the banana will have you convinced you're drinking a milkshake, while the omega-3s in the walnuts will keep your mind sharp and your belly lean.

  • ½ banana
  • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate morsels (dairy-free)
  • ⅛ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • ⅓ cup chocolate plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 229 calories / 11 g fat / 26 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 10 g sugar / 28 g protein"

27

Chocolate Decadence

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  • ½ banana
  • ¼ ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and quartered
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup chocolate plant-based protein powder
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 300 calories / 9 g fat / 34 g carb / 11 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 25 g protein

28

Chocolate Bean

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Beans? In a smoothie? Use canned or pre-cooked beans for a thick, earthy protein and fiber punch. One study found that people who ate ¾ cup of beans daily weighed 6.6 pounds less, on average, than those who didn't, even though the bean eaters took in more calories.

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ⅓ cup plant-based chocolate protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

NUTRITION: 280 calories / 3 g fat / 31 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 9 g sugar / 31 g protein"

29

Potato? Sweet!

Pumpkin sweet potato smoothie
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Bananas and sweet potatoes both add starch, but that's why the cinnamon is in there. Adding cinnamon to a starchy meal helps stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes, according to a series of studies printed in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

  • ½ cooked sweet potato, cooled, with skin off
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder

NUTRITION: 280 calories / 5 g fat / 34 g carbs / 6 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

NUTRITION: 340 calories / 4.5 g fat / 53 g carbs / 11 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 24 g protein

30

Fall Harvest

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The nutty, roasted flavor of nutmeg steps in brilliantly here as a base for a delicious smoothie that will have you reminiscing about the Thanksgivings of your childhood.

  • ½ cooked sweet potato, cooled, with skin off
  • ½ banana
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup green tea
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain plant-based protein powder

NUTRITION: 283 calories / 5 g fat / 35 g carbs / 7 g fiber / 14 g sugar / 28 g protein

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