12 Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipes
Start your day off right with these smoothie recipes.
Smoothies are like the little black dress of food. Thereâ€™s one for every occasion, every attitude, and every diet restriction. Theyâ€™re also quick, easy, and can be made ahead of time for a grab and go kind of morning.
To get the most flavor and nutrients into your smoothies, donâ€™t take up space with ice. Instead use frozen fruit or portion out your own fruit (berries or bananas are good choices) and keep them in the freezer for instant access. You can also add an extra kick with powder proteins and vitamin mixes.
1. Kiwi Smoothie
via Taste of Home
If youâ€™re interested in keeping the almond flavor, but donâ€™t want to use extract, add a small spoonful of almond butter or a splash of almond milk. Between frozen fruit and yogurt, this smoothie will be thick and delicious without the ice.
2. Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Why not give a weekday morning a boost with a little Caribbean virgin pina colada action? Using light coconut milk will make this more waist friendly and try toasting some flaked coconut and sprinkling it on top.
3. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
Just because these smoothies are for breakfast, doesnâ€™t mean a little chocolate canâ€™t be in the party. Keep the cherries mostly frozen for a thicker drink.
4. Green Tea Smoothie
via Eat, Live, Run
The list of healthy benefits of green tea are long and varied but having hot tea throughout the summer isnâ€™t exactly refreshing. Enter this frothy smoothie with strong brewed tea and almond milk. To make this smoothie thicker, either freeze the melon or add a handful of ice.
5. Banana-Oat Smoothie
via Martha Stewart
If youâ€™re looking for a filling boost of protein then this is the breakfast smoothie for you. Top with walnuts or swap the honey for maple syrup for delicious variation.
6. Coffee and Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is great for those mornings when your brain is still thinking of bed but your body is headed to work. With a filling banana and a hit of caffeine, youâ€™ll be set to take on the day. Adding a dash of cocoa powder will make this smoothie extra special.
This recipe starts with coconut water which is an excellent source of electrolytes and potassium. Basically this is a decadent kick of energy to kick start your morning.
8. Tofu Fruit Smoothies
via Cooking Light
This is a great dairy free option. The tofu will create a silky and filling drink with lots of protein. If you arenâ€™t a fan of white grape juice, try using pomegranate juice instead.
9. Gingery Berry and Oat Smoothie
via Real Simple
Do your immune system some good with a shot of antioxidants from blueberries and ginger. This recipe would be great with frozen peaches too. Feel free to swap the brown sugar for honey or agave syrup.
10. Green Goddess Smoothie
via Womenâ€™s Health
This is your low calorie (less than 200 calories per serving), nutrient-packed, take-on-the-day energy smoothie. The recipe calls for low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt, but for breakfast you might want to use nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt instead.
11. Raspberry Blackberry Smoothie
Tart berries like raspberries and blackberries will jump start your morning. Because of the seeds, you should allow the smoothie to blend longer than usual, or you can strain it. Topping this smoothie with a little granola will make for a lovely weekend brunch appetizer.
12. POM Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
This is an ultimate healthy smoothie. Pomegranate juice, almonds, protein powder, and banana all mixed together in one tasty treat. If you prefer almond butter, you could use a tablespoon of that instead of the raw almonds.
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