Smoothies are perfect for busy workday mornings: healthy, fast, and portable.
You’ll also find a round-up of breakfast smoothie recipes for 3 ingredients, 5 ingredients, vegan and dairy-free smoothies, banana-free smoothies, and chocolate smoothies.
But first, a couple of tips.
There are a couple of things to know before throwing everything into a blender. Add liquids first, then soft ingredients (grapes, blueberries, spinach leaves) to get the blender blade spinning quickly for the smoothest smoothies. Start the blender on low and gradually increase the blade speed to high, which prevents air pockets from forming. No more taking the blender jug off and shaking it to make sure everything is mixed up!!
MAKE AHEAD TIPS
There are two ways you can use your freezer for make ahead smoothies:
- Use smoothie packs – all your ingredients frozen in one convenient bag.
- Blend smoothies in batches, pour into a mason jar, leaving a couple inches of room for expansion, and store in the freezer. Thaw overnight in your fridge for a healthy breakfast option.
MAKING SMOOTHIES FILLING
Sometimes smoothies only satisfy your hunger for about an hour before having to scavenge for more food. The fix? Add protein. Your body takes longer to digest and break down protein, which keeps your fuller, longer. There are a few ways to get this into your morning smoothie:
Protein powder: whey, pea, soy, hemp. There are many protein powder options available and this guide will help you choose the right one for you.
Nut butter: store bought or homemade peanut, almond, hazelnut, macadamia, pistachio, cashew.
Yogurt: gives your smoothie a milkshake quality without the extra fat and calories.
Milk: coconut, almond, soy, rice, quinoa, cashew, flax, cow’s milk.
Nuts: use your favorite nuts in place of nut butter.
Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia.
Avocados: High in protein and healthy fats, avocados provide a luscious, creamy consistency to smoothies.
Green smoothie with avocado, Food52
Blueberry avocado smoothie, Gimme Some Oven
Avocado kale smoothie, The Little Epicurean
Oatmeal: No need to cook oatmeal before blending into smoothies! Just blend 1/4 cup oatmeal into fine crumbs before using it in a single serving smoothie.
Vegan peach oat smoothie, Minimalist Baker
Pumpkin spice overnight oatmeal smoothie, Running with Spoons
Strawberry cherry oatmeal smoothies, Cooking and Beer