Nurses work a lot of crazy shifts. Night shifts, 12-hour shifts and rotating shifts can leave you completely exhausted and wondering how you can function at all.  Try some of these great recipes for energizing smoothies, that are sure to get the blood pumping and give you the fuel you need to carry on.  These shakes also work great if you need some energy before work.  Blend one up for breakfast and take it on the go. 

Energizing green tea, strawberry and banana smoothie

  • 1 medium sliced banana
  • 1 1/2 cups green tea, chilled and made with 6 tea bags
  • 2 cups frozen unsweetened mixed berries
  • 3 tablespoons of honey


Blend ingredients in a blender till smooth.  Makes 3 cups.


Carbs-71 Grams


Minty honey-dew and pear Smoothie

1/4  (about 2 cups)  honeydew , cut into small peices   2    Bartlett or other green pears , cut into small pieces   1/2   cup   white grape or apple juice    1   cup   ice cubes    1/2   cups   fresh mint leaves   Directions    puree all o the ingredients till smooth    209 Calories    Carbs 54g    Protein 2g

1/4 (about 2 cups) honeydew, cut into small peices

2  Bartlett or other green pears, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup white grape or apple juice

1 cup ice cubes

1/2 cups fresh mint leaves


 puree all o the ingredients till smooth

209 Calories

Carbs 54g

Protein 2g

Blackberry-Apple Smoothie

The ideal flavor for this great smoothie is lemon flavor.  But if you can't find lemon flavored, you can use vanilla or plain. When blackberries are in season, you can buy them fresh and freeze them —frozen berries are important in this recipe to create the thick texture.


  • 2 cups of  frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup of  apple cider
  • 1 medium red apple, such as gala or Fuji, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 2/3 cup  (2 6-oz containers) nonfat lemon yogurt


In a blender, puree the blackberries cider, apple and yogurt until smooth.

Calories 182


Protein 4g

Banana Peanut-Butter Smoothie

Frozen bananas are the key ingredient in this energizing smoothie. The texture is much like ice-cream. Add the peanut butter and you've got a healthy version of peanut butter ice-cream. Who could possibly pass this one up? 

  • 1 medium banana, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup (low-fat ) milk
  • 1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter
  • 3 ice cubes


Blend all ingredients till smooth . Makes about 1 1/2 cups.


Carbs 28g

Protein 6g