5 Great Breakfast Smoothies For Early Starts
How Smoothies Can Be The Perfect Match for Breakfast
Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day, so having a filling, nutritious liquid breakfast is sure to set you up for success.
Smoothies come to prominence in the nineties, when blenders became a little more popular in homes, and we could all afford to buy consumer electronics and appliances along with copious amounts of fruit.
For me, breakfast is all about either protein (to keep me full), or sweetness (to keep my happy), and the wonderful thing about smoothies is that you can get both of those in one place.
A popular ingredient in a lot of different breakfast-oriented smoothies is nut butter.
This is because it can help to thicken a smoothie really well, while also adding some much-needed protein.
Fill it Up with Protein!
High-protein is a great way to fill up! For that reason, it’s worth considering adding a protein source to any of the smoothies on this list.
You could add in a handful of nuts, some nut butter, or even a frozen banana. All of them are great sources of protein for the day!
The benefit of getting your protein in that form is that you can tailor it to your palate very easily.
For example, if you have a sweet tooth, you can add in a dash of agave syrup to sweeten the drink.
On the other hand, you could add a gentle sprinkling of cayenne to get a breakfast smoothie with a kick!
Finally, we come to the most important part of a breakfast smoothie: the convenience of making it and having it during your morning commute to work.
Even nowadays, I sometimes spend half of that journey with a cereal bar hanging out of my mouth.
But how much easier would everything be if we made up some batches of rich breakfast smoothies, and then opted for them on our commutes?
We would have longer in bed, as well as having something to cheer us up in time to walk into the office and get the day started.
Maybe, just maybe, smoothies are the future of breakfasts!
Some Delicious Breakfast Smoothies
Banana Avocado Smoothie
The combination of banana and avocado leads to a rich, thick smoothie that’s really sweet and delicious.
Plus, they’re both so bursting with protein that they’ll definitely fill you up for the rest of the day.
Or at least until your mid-morning smoothie break.
- ½ Avocado
- 1 Banana
- ½ Kiwi
- 1 Handful Spinach
- ½ Cup of Ice Cubes
- 2 tbsp Honey
- ½ Cup of Almond Milk
- Add all the ingredients to a blender, and pulse for ten seconds every thirty seconds so that the mixture doesn’t get too hot.
- Pour into glasses to serve, ideally over ice!
Berry Oatmeal Smoothie
This is a bit of an odd smoothie: berry oatmeal is already a great breakfast, we’re just changing it up a bit.
By making this smoothie, you’re essentially just adding some more liquid and reducing it to a slurp-able breakfast.
That said, the combination of rich rolled oats and creamy yogurt combines with the sharp berries to give you a indulgent, rich smoothie which is great for any time, not just breakfast.
You could even prepare this in advance and store it in the fridge, ready to pick up when you’ve just got in from work and you’re fighting off hunger until the next meal time.
- ½ Cup of Strawberries
- ¼ Cup of Blueberries
- ¼ Cup of Rolled Oats
- ½ Cup of Yoghurt
- ½ Cup of Milk
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender, starting with wet and then adding dry. Pulse for ten seconds every thirty seconds, to ensure the mixture doesn’t overheat.
- Serve over ice, in chilled glasses.
Coconut, Mango, and Chia Shake
For me, breakfast is about two things: protein and sweetness.
You get both of those things in this recipe, from the protein-rich superfood that is chia seeds to the decadent sweetness of mango.
Soaking your chia seeds overnight will ensure that you get a rich, smooth shake without having to go overboard with your blender.
- 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup of Coconut Milk
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cup of Mango
- Add all the ingredients to the jug of a blender, ensuring that the liquid mostly covers the solids, and then blend until smooth.
- Serve over ice.
Green Breakfast Smoothie
I know this is a controversial opinion (at least according to movies from the nineties), but I love green smoothies!
Throwing in some spinach and spirulina will give you that beautiful color, and you can still enhance flavor greatly with delicious ingredients like pineapple and banana!
The great thing about a green smoothie is the versatility.
Whether you try one with basil or with spinach, definitely try one!
- ½ Cup of Coconut Milk
- 2 Cups Spinach or Kale
- 1.5 Cups of Pineapple
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1 tsp Spirulina
- Again, simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice.
- To thicken this recipe, try freezing the banana and pineapple beforehand!
Kefir Breakfast Smoothie
This stunning smoothie is a brilliant way to kick start the day. The vibrant and powerful flavors of the ginger and turmeric are sure to give you a rousing wake up call.
Kefir will also give you a super hit of probiotics to ensure your gut health is in perfect condition.
If you’re struggling to get hold of some kefir, or you’d like a different texture, we’d recommend trying some thick yoghurt.
It will make the smoothie itself much thicker, but it will also give a slightly different taste and texture that we love. Give it a go!
- 1 large mango, stoned and chopped.
- 2cm piece of ginger, skinned and finely grated.
- ½ tsp ground turmeric.
- 200ml fresh orange juice.
- 300ml kefir.
- 1-2tbsp honey or agave, to taste.
- Again, you must simply add all the ingredients that you’ve got here to your blender, and blend until smooth. We’d recommend tasting after the smoothie is completely smooth, in order to see if you’d like a little more ginger, turmeric, or honey.
- Serve this smoothie over ice, even in a travel mug to keep the ice solid for a few hours.
Breakfast smoothies might be the way forward in a busy morning routine, and we hope we’ve given you some inspiration in this article.
Try these out, and see how amazing your breakfast can be!