6 Gluten and Dairy-Free Smoothies to Power Your Day

By Sher Warkentin in Healthy Feeling

Smoothies have become my new go-to healthy meal. From protein-packed options that fuel your morning to energy boosting snacks, there are many combinations to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorite gluten and dairy-free smoothies that are packed with nutrients and will help power you through the day.

Cinnamon and Oats

I love oatmeal in the morning, but when the weather gets hot, I prefer something a little more refreshing. Oats are considered gluten-free, yet they still pack plenty of protein and fiber. And honey and cinnamon offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

What you need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • ¼ cup banana, frozen in chunks
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Blend all the ingredients, and serve with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top to make it fancy.

Oats add fiber to smoothies to keep you full.

Strawberry, Banana, and Quinoa

It sounds strange to put quinoa in a smoothie, but, once it’s blended in, you’ll barely notice this protein-packed ingredient.

To start, gather:

  • 1 cup soy or almond milk
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup strawberries, frozen
  • ¼ cup banana, frozen in chunks

Blend the quinoa and milk first, then add the other ingredients, and mix until smooth.

Orange, Banana, and Flaxseed

Orange juice is always a refreshing way to start the day. Whole fruits, however, have more health benefits than juice. Instead, add vitamin C-packed clementines and flaxseed high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy morning boost.

Your ingredients are:

  • 1 cup soy or almond milk
  • 3 seedless clementines, peeled
  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

Blend all the ingredients, and enjoy!

Kale, Cocoa, and Almond Butter

This power smoothie is the perfect healthy snack to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you full ‪until dinner. Since kale is full of vitamins, you’ll also get plenty of essential nutrients.

You need:

  • 1 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 cup kale
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks

The trick to avoiding kale chunks is to blend just the kale and soy milk until the combination is smooth, and then add the other ingredients.

You'll get nutrients and a cure for your sweet tooth with this kale and cocoa smoothie.

Berry, Banana, and Mango

This is one of my family’s favorite gluten and dairy-free smoothies (and a perfect snack for any time of day). It’s refreshing and packs in tons of antioxidants and vitamins to fuel your mind and body.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ cup blueberries, frozen
  • ¼ cup strawberries, frozen
  • ¼ cup mango, frozen in chunks
  • ½ banana

Add all the ingredients, blend, and serve.

Chia and Blueberry

Chia seeds are full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamins K and C. Together they make one tasty, gluten and dairy-free smoothie.

To start, gather:

  • 1 cup soy or almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. honey

Blend and drink right away, as letting it sit will plump the chia seeds.

Blueberries give you an energy boost while chia seeds keep you full.

The beauty of smoothies is that there’s always room for experimentation. Play around, and add your own favorite fruits and vegetables to find the flavors you enjoy most.

What’s your favorite healthy smoothie recipe? Share your concoctions with us on Twitter!

Image source: Sher Warkentin

This article was brought to you by Tom’s of Maine. The views and opinions expressed by the author do not reflect the position of Tom’s of Maine.

Why It’s Good

Simple, quick breakfasts or snacks don't have to be unhealthy. Smoothies are easy to throw together and a delicious way to pack in plenty of nutrients. These gluten and dairy-free smoothies are perfect all day long and will power you through until dinner.