Do you often find yourself craving something sweet in the afternoons?   

In order to combat these cravings, it’s a great idea to have a list of go-to snacks and meals that will quickly help satisfy your taste buds without destroying your diet.   

For some people, the craving may be for a thick, creamy milkshake. If that’s the case, a smoothie can fit the bill perfectly. If you make it yourself so you can ensure quality nutrients go in so that it’s a healthier variety than the classic fast food milkshake you might have otherwise picked up.

Here are a few great recipes that will help you satisfy your cravings in a second.

Choco-Banana Smoothie

For those who love the taste of chocolate banana, this smoothie will be a huge hit. Loaded with potassium, it’s a terrific option for before you hit the gym for a workout session.
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 frozen banana
1 cup skim milk
2-3 ice cubes
1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
Place all ingredients except the ice cubes in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Orange Creamy Smoothie

This orange creamy smoothie is the perfect treat when you crave something sweet and want to add more protein into your day.
The pudding powder gives this shake extra thickness, so make sure that you don’t leave it out.

1 scoop of Designer Physique vanilla protein powder
½ cup skim milk
½ cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp. vanilla diet instant pudding
1 cup frozen strawberries
1-2 ice cubes for added thickness
Place all the ingredients but the ice cubes and pudding powder in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the pudding powder and blend for 20 more seconds. Finally, add in the ice and pulse blend until the shake is thick and frothy.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Smoothie

If you are a peanut butter lover, this smoothie will be sure to please. Combined with the rich taste of chocolate, it will closely resemble that of a peanut butter cup. You’ll definitely enjoy what this smoothie has to offer. It also has a perfect balance of protein and fats along with a few carbs, so is ideal for those on carb reduced diets.
1 ½ tbsp. natural peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate Designer Physique protein powder
1 cup skim milk
3-4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until a thick and creamy shake is formed. Serve immediately.

Mocha Smoothie

If you need a smoothie to give you a jolt first thing in the morning, this mocha smoothie will do the trick. It’s lower in calories than most smoothies and will make for a great way to start your day.

½ cup prepared coffee, cold
½ cup skim milk
1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
3-4 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse blend until smooth. Note that this shake won’t be quite as thick and creamy as the others but more of a slush-type of consistency.

So next time you would like to whip yourself up a snack on the go, consider any one of these healthy smoothies.