5 Breakfast Smoothies to Jumpstart Your Morning

Nothing stretches a good morning into a good day like the right breakfast. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules and hectic A.M. routines, squeezing in a well-balanced breakfast tends to happen less often than we’d like to admit, i.e. never. That’s where smoothies come in. With all of the nutritional benefits of a good breakfast and a whole lot more on-the-go convenience, smoothies are the perfect way to start your morning off right and, less excitingly, get to work on time. Read on for our morning favorites!

MANGO CHIA GREEN SMOOTHIE

With key ingredients like spinach and kale, it’s not always easy to make a green smoothie taste, well, not green. But it’s also not impossible. The strong flavors of mango and banana do a good job of masking the fiber-rich spinach in this smoothie. Meanwhile, chia seeds add a little extra sweetness and help keep you full until your lunch break.

Healthy green smoothie with spinach in a jar mug isolated on white

What Goes in the Blender:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 ripe banana
1 handful fresh spinach
1 tsp chia seeds

Recipe from Gaby Dalkin’s blog, What’s Gaby Cooking.

 

BANANA OAT SMOOTHIE

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple, and for good reason. The fiber in oats keeps you feeling full all morning, while whole grain provides your body with a rich source of nutrients like iron and magnesium. Plus, oats are great for promoting healthy digestion, which also helps you feel good all day. So even if you don’t have time for a hearty bowl of oatmeal in the morning, it’s not a bad idea to toss some oats into your morning smoothie.

What Goes in the Blender:Healthy banana smoothies with oatmeal in a glass on a blue background

¼ cup oats
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 banana, cut into thirds
½ cup fat-free yogurt
2 tsp honey
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Recipe from Martha Stewart.

 

BLUEBERRY COFFEE SMOOTHIE

Not only does a morning smoothie that contains coffee give you an energy boost for the day that you’re already familiar with, but it also takes up less space in your cup holder (because, let’s be honest, a morning smoothie was always going to be an accompaniment to morning coffee, not a replacement).

Fresh Blueberry Smoothie In Glass With Drinking Straw

What Goes in the Blender:

1 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
½ cup frozen coffee ice cubes
Dash of cinnamon

Recipe from Prevention.

 

STRAWBERRY-BANANA FLAXSEED SMOOTHIE

Strawberry-banana is about as common as it gets when it comes to smoothie flavors, but the addition of flaxseed makes this smoothie anything but ordinary. Chock-full of omega fatty acids, these tiny seeds promote everything from a healthy immune system to healthy brain function. Their high fiber content will also keep you feeling full all morning.

Banana-strawberry smoothie.

What Goes in the Blender:

1 banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 ice cubes

Recipe from Food52.

 

BANANA ORANGE SMOOTHIE

Breakfast would hardly be complete without a glass of fresh OJ to wash it down. There are a ton of reasons why starting your day off with orange juice is a good idea, only one of which is the fact that the juice is one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D, which fights off disease and can improve mood.

Banana smoothie with mandarin

What Goes in the Blender:

¾ cup orange juice
½ cup sliced banana
2 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp almond extract
2 ice cubes
Mint sprig

Recipe from Reader’s Digest.

 

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