I love smoothies! My kids love smoothies! You should really consider finding or creating your own 'go-to' smoothie arsenal. Why? Smoothies are the best way to get more nutrients than at a meal - extra fruits and veggies!
The purpose of substituting a smoothie for your typical meal is multi-purposed. On a typical day, you should be eating 3-4 meals (one of these may be a snack, and a smoothie can also substitute your snack). When timed correctly, a smoothie can actually be a better alternative than a meal. The reason for this is that it is easier for your body to digest and use the contents quickly. Example: a high protein smoothie after your workout - the body can digest this quickly and get protein to the fatigued muscles faster.
Another great advantage is that the ease of digesting a smoothie creates extra energy for your body to repair cellular damage, give you a physical 'boost,' as well as decrease inflammation.
My last reason (and attempt to win you over on this) - consider the 'add-ins' for extra nutrients! Here are my favorites:
all-natural nut butters, flax or avocado for healthy fats and vitamin E
ginger or cinnamon for additional antioxidants
honey for anti-bacterial or anti-fungal, as well as allergy prevention
a vegetable-based protein supplement for energy, muscle repair, etc.
cacao, chia seeds, and flax for extra fiber, good fats, and blood sugar control
My favorite is so easy! Blend 1 cup frozen berries, 1 scoop Vega Proteins & Greens (20 grams of protein!), a handful of kale, a splash (or more) of almond milk, a sprinkle of chia seeds or 1/2 T flax oil, and unsweetened coconut chips on top!
Now, go whip up a smoothie (mine above or your own) and enjoy!