Dinner Replacement Smoothie Recipes

11 Dinner Replacement Smoothie Recipes

Eating right is important! Smoothies for dinner are an easy way to make dinner the healthiest meal of the day. 

Your body needs nutrients to maintain your body while you sleep. A well-designed dinner replacement smoothie can help you sleep better and awaken refreshed in the morning.  

Some diet programs say eating at night is bad. That’s not true!

Eating late in the day won’t hurt you as long as you don’t go for junk food.

Your body craves nutrients. Smoothies can provide your body with everything it needs to achieve your weight loss goals. 

If you’re eating clean, you’ll never have to fear dinner. What you should fear is skipping meals!

Skipping meals can actually cause your metabolism to slow down. Your body literally goes into survival mode and make it harder to lose weight. 

A little down below, you’ll find my favorite smoothie ideas for dinner. I’ll also show how you can easily create your own dinner smoothie recipes.

Why Drink Smoothies for Dinner?

Sometimes we just don’t feel like cooking anything.

When we’re stressed and exhausted, it’s tempting to go for the easy route. Unfortunately, the easiest and most convenient food options are often the least healthy. 

A poor dinner full of empty calories can quickly lead to late-night snacking.

If you’re eating too much sugar right before going to sleep, your body needs to work hard to control your blood sugar levels. Your whole body is working in overdrive when it would rather be resting.

Dinner can be a tough meal. It’s at the end of a busy day and most of us have lost steam. 

If you don’t plan your dinner ahead, it’s easy to fall for the junk food trap. That’s why smoothies to replace dinner are so powerful!

Smoothies (made the right way) are healthy, and can easily be used as a meal replacement.

It doesn’t take much effort to make a smoothie in the evening. It’ll only take you a few minutes to make. A few simple ingredients are all you’ll need. 

No matter how exhausted you are, making a healthy smoothie for dinner is easy!

Before I’ll get to my favorite dinner replacement smoothie recipes, here are a few tips to help you start creating your own nutrient-rich smoothie recipes. 

Dinner Smoothie Recipes Made Easy!

It’s best to plan your smoothies for dinner ahead of time. I love making a full week’s plan at the end of each week.

You could wash, slice, and place all ingredients into freezer bags ahead of time. This way you’ll never second guess which smoothie you’re going to make for dinner.

By planning ahead, a smoothie will take you less than five minutes to make. That’s quicker than most unhealthy fast food choices.

Smoothies recipes are easy to create.

An effective meal replacement smoothie should contain healthy fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates

Here are are some ideas on how you can build nutritious smoothies yourself.

Let’s start with fats. Good options include:

  • organic nut butter (without the “nasty stuff” like added sugars and preservatives)
  • seeds (chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, etc.)
  • nuts (cashews, walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, etc.)
  • avocadoes

Some nuts, like walnuts and almonds, contain melatonin. This hormone can help regulate your sleep/wake cycle and may help achieve a deeper sleep. 

Healthy fats can turn a smoothie into a satisfying dinner, but don’t overdo it.

Fat is high in calories and digests slowly. Adding too much fat to your smoothies may cause you to feel bloated and hinder sleep.

Protein is the building block of our muscles. It’s also essential for beautiful skin and hair. Every healthy meal replacement smoothie should contain some protein. Here are some ingredients you can add to your smoothies:

  • organic nut butter
  • leafy greens
  • seeds and nuts
  • Greek yogurt
  • flax milk
  • kefir
  • low-fat, grass-fed milk
  • silken tofu
  • quinoa
  • spirulina
  • organic, plant-based protein powders

Protein can help you stabilize blood sugar levels and get a good night’s sleep.

The third component every perfect smoothie should have is complex carbs. They pack in more nutrients than simple sugars. High in fiber, your body metabolizes them slowly.

Complex carbs are always a good choice when you’re trying to lose weight. They won’t spike blood sugar levels as quickly.

Good sources of complex carbs include:

  • fruits
  • veggies 
  • rolled oats
  • quinoa
  • dried fruits

Carbs can make tryptophan more available and promote sleep.

Contrary to popular belief, carbs can also help you with your weight loss journey. As long as you choose healthy carb options!

11 Dinner Replacement Smoothie Recipes

Swap any of these smoothies for dinner, and experience the difference it can make in your life.

1. Spinach Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Here’s a delicious dinner smoothie that tastes as good as it looks. It’s loaded with fiber and packs vitamin-rich leafy greens, healthy fats, and protein. If you don’t have almond milk, don’t worry. There are plenty of other liquid options that work just as well. Try coconut milk, white grape juice, apple juice, or just filtered water. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp organic almond butter

How to Prepare:

  1. Wash the spinach
  2. Peel the banana and cut it in half
  3. Place all ingredients into your blender jar
  4. Blend for 60 seconds
  5. Enjoy this healthy dinner smoothie!

2. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Flax milk is healthy plant-based milk made from flaxseeds. It has a nutty flavor and tastes great in smoothies. You could also make your own homemade flax milk. All you’ll need is flaxseeds and some water. Here’s a great flax milk recipe to get you started. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flax milk
  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 

How to Prepare:

  1. Peel the bananas
  2. Add all ingredients to your blender
  3. Blend for up to 1 minute on the highest setting

3. Delicious Kale Smoothie Recipe

Delicious Kale Smoothie

Kale is the king of leafy greens. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Kale is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential minerals. Although healthy, this smoothie doesn’t taste too green. The dates and strawberries give it a pleasant sweet taste. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ avocado
  • 3-4 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop organic vanilla protein powder

How to Prepare:

  1. Wash the kale and roughly chop it
  2. Scoop the flesh out of the avocado
  3. Blend for 60-90 seconds
  4. Enjoy this delicious kale smoothie!

4. Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

Chocolate Smoothie for Dinner

I’ve got this recipe from Melskitchencafe, and it’s so delicious! It’s perfect when you’re craving chocolate after work. I just added some rolled oats to make this the perfect dinner replacement smoothie. You won’t even taste the spinach. So, even if you’re not a big fan of adding greens to your smoothies, there’s nothing to fear! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kefir
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • a handful cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • 1 heaping tbsp organic cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop organic chocolate protein powder

How to Prepare:

  1. Peel, slice and freeze the banana the day before
  2. Wash the spinach
  3. Place all ingredients into the blender jar 
  4. Blend until smooth

5. Melatonin-Rich Relaxing Smoothie

Dinner Weight Loss Smoothie Recipe

Cherries are rich in melatonin. It’s the chemical that regulates your sleep/wake cycle. Melatonin won’t knock you out, but it may help you relax and fall asleep faster. Drink this smoothie at least one hour before bedtime to reap the full effects. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • ½ cup mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp organic almond butter
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds

How to Prepare:

  • Add all ingredients to your blender
  • Blend for 45-60 seconds

6. Spinach Avocado Smoothie

Spinach Avocado Smoothie

Next time you’re looking for a dinner replacement smoothie, try this delicious spinach avocado smoothie. It’s a nutrient-packed smoothie recipe that will keep you feeling full till bedtime. The perfect recipe to get your daily veggies in. It doesn’t taste too green, but it’s also not very sweet. A perfectly refreshing smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach 
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp organic almond butter
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • a few mint leaves

How to Prepare:

  1. Wash the spinach
  2. Peel the banana
  3. Scoop the flesh out of the avocado
  4. Add everything to your blender
  5. Blend for 60-90 seconds until smooth
  6. Enjoy!

7. Healthy Hemp Smoothie

Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

Did you know that hemp seeds outshine flax and chia when it comes to protein? Just two tablespoons provide you with 7 grams of protein. That’s the same amount as two egg whites! Hemp seeds are a complete protein. They contain all amino acids, which isn’t something you’ll find often in plant foods. For more delicious hemp smoothie ideas, check out these hemp protein smoothie recipes.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup hemp milk
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • ¼ cup rolled oats

How to Prepare:

  • Peel the banana
  • Place all ingredients into the blender jar
  • Blend for 60 seconds

8. Banana Cherry Kale Smoothie

Banana Cherry Kale Smoothie

Here’s another healthy yet equally delicious dinner smoothie that is super quick to make. You won’t even taste the leafy greens. The spinach and cashew butter are packed with protein, but if you want to take it even further, simply add a protein powder of your choice. If you want it even sweeter, you could add a few pitted dates or stevia. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup kale, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp organic cashew butter
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup rolled oats

How to Prepare:

  1. Wash the kale and spinach
  2. Roughly chop the kale
  3. Add all ingredients to your blender
  4. Blend for 60-90 seconds depending on the strength of your blender
  5. Enjoy this green smoothie for dinner!

9. Chocolate Smoothie With Peanut Butter

Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

I’ve been drinking this smoothie for years and still love it. It’s been my go-to dinner smoothie. You can easily add organic cocoa powder to make the chocolate flavor even stronger. If you hate bananas (I know a few people that do) you could substitute with peaches or mango. Sprinkle some dark chocolate on top and you’re in for a healthy treat that tastes as good as it looks. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 scoop organic chocolate protein powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp organic peanut butter

How to Prepare:

  1. Peel, slice and freeze the bananas the day before
  2. Place all ingredients into the blender jar
  3. Blend for 60 seconds
  4. It’s best to drink this smoothie immediately

10. Banana Smoothie Recipe for Dinner

Banana Smoothie for Dinner

Banana and peanut butter is my favorite when it comes to flavor combos. I ate a lot of peanut butter banana sandwiches when I was growing up. It’s just something about the nutty flavor mixed with the sweet flavor of bananas. It’s so good! I’ve kept this dinner smoothie recipe quite simple with just six ingredients.   

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cashew milk
  • 1 scoop organic vanilla protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp organic peanut butter
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

How to Prepare:

  1. Peel the banana
  2. Add all ingredients to your blender
  3. Blend for 45-60 seconds
  4. Enjoy!

11. Dinner Time Smoothie Recipe

Dinner Time Smoothie

This dinner time smoothie recipe is a banana concoction with flaxseeds and a hint of cinnamon. Frozen banana slices make every smoothie creamy and rich without having to use thickening ingredients like yogurt. This smoothie not only tastes delicious, but it’s packed with “good for you” nutrients. It’s a dinner smoothie that sticks with you until bed time. Try it! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ avocado
  • a few almonds
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

How to Prepare:

  1. Peel, slice and freeze the banana the day before
  2. Scoop the flesh out of the avocado
  3. Place all ingredients into your blender
  4. Blend until smooth

These were my favorite meal replacement smoothie recipes. I hope these dinner smoothie recipes can benefit you on your health journey. Smoothies can provide you with energy, help you regain strength, and make you look and feel better. Let these smoothie recipes be your starting point to living a more vibrant, happier, and healthier life! Do you have any smoothie recipes you’d like to share? Any questions about smoothies? I’ll be happy to help you out in the comments section below. Always stay vibrant, happy, and healthy!

Vibrant Happy Healthy

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