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The Ultimate Guide To Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

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There are at least a dozen reasons why it’s important to eat a healthy breakfast every day. It revs your metabolism, and gives you the energy and brain power you need to start your morning strong and have a successful, productive day.

According to WebMD, a well balanced breakfast can also improve our performance physically, enhance our mental concentration, give us better control of our weight, and lower our cholesterol. [1]​

Unfortunately, not all breakfasts are created equal. Ones that are high in protein reap the most benefits, and many people actually see weight loss results from adding a morning dose of protein into their diets.​

Busy schedules can make it difficult to get the nutrients your body needs, and not everyone has time to cook and eat eggs in the morning. Fortunately, by adding smoothies for breakfast you can get the nutrition you need without having to change around your entire morning routine.​

Nutritional Benefits

​Good breakfast smoothies have a whole host of nutritional benefits. With the right combination of ingredients like you’ll see in our tasty recipes below you can get a serving of protein, a hefty dose of fiber, and if you make our coffee breakfast smoothie, a little kick of caffeine as well.

​Smoothies are great because they combine the weight loss and weight maintenance benefits of eating protein with your breakfast with all the perks of eating fruits and vegetables.

​You’ll be surprised how filling breakfast smoothies can be, giving you energy and focus for the day, fueling your workouts, and carrying you through strong until it’s time for lunch.

Convenience ​

​The best part about good breakfast smoothies is how convenient they are to make. Unlike a traditional breakfast, with these healthy breakfast smoothie recipes all you need is a few quick minutes to throw the ingredients together, and you can take your creation out the door with you to work or school.

​By following our expert tips and tricks you’ll save even more time, and we guarantee you’ll never skip breakfast again.

How to Make a Breakfast Smoothie

Making delicious, filling breakfast smoothies is really easy. If you keep your favorite ingredients on hand and have a high powered blender, it only takes minutes to whip up a great smoothie.

As a general rule, you’ll want to keep your fruit diced and frozen for the quickest and easiest use. If you want to add a little caffeine to your recipe and make a coffee breakfast smoothie, it’s a good idea to brew it the night before and store it in the refrigerator so that it’s cold when you need it. Warm coffee does not mix well with protein powder, so be sure to avoid that by taking a minute to prepare the night before.

We've included instructions and tips specific to each recipe below, and even give you ideas on how to make your recipes into a low calorie breakfast smoothies if you’re trying to lose weight.

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipes 

Sweet Green Goddess Smoothie

This trendy green smoothie is packed with protein and Vitamin K thanks to the nutrient dense spinach [2]. The best part? It’s so sweet and creamy it doesn't even taste healthy.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, de-stemmed
  • 1 frozen pear, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen green grapes
  • 1 cup plan Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 diced avocado
  • 2 tbsp lime juice

Directions

  • Add spinach, lime juice and Greek yogurt to blender. Begin pulsing to break up leaves and create a liquid consistency.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend on high until the smoothie is creamy, thick, and a rich green color.

**Expert Tip** Adding avocado to your morning smoothie can give it an extremely thick, creamy texture while also adding a healthy dose of fats to your morning meal. A breakfast with avocado will keep you full longer, and is a great choice on days when you have a busy morning or might need to take a late lunch.**

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Mocha Breakfast Smoothie-Ccino

This is a healthy version of the Starbuck’s favorite Frappuccino. The best breakfast smoothie for the coffee addicts out there, it gives you a nice kick of caffeine without all the sugar of a traditional drink from a coffee shop.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon coca powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder

Directions

  • Put all items in blender and pulse on high until combined.

**Expert Tip** You can add protein powder to any smoothie for a tasty flavor boost and an extra dose of protein. There are hundreds of options out there, so we recommend choosing a flavor that is easily combined like chocolate or vanilla. A scoop of protein will usually only add 120-150 calories to your creation, but it will give you smoothie major staying power [3].**

Peanut Butter Banana Me Baby Smoothie

It’s pretty exciting when your breakfast can be healthy, and taste like a decadent dessert all at the same time. This tasty concoction boasts a lot of protein, and reminds us more of a milkshake than a healthy smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • Optional: 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender on high until blended through. Enjoy!

**Expert Tip** Consider using Almond Milk in place of regular milk for a non-diary alternative with lots of protein and a great taste.

Healthy Breakfast Smoothies for Weight Loss

You can save on calories and make any of the above recipes into diet breakfast smoothies by swapping out the dairy ingredient for a low fat or fat free version.

For example, use fat free Greek Yogurt instead of its full fat counterpart, or consider using skim milk or almond milk in recipes where full fat milk is required.

If you’re considering adding protein powder to your smoothie, be on the look-out for low calorie or low-carb options. They taste just as great as the originals, but eliminate some of the sugar to keep the calories low and the smoothie diet friendly. There are female specific options on the market as well, so do your research to find what works best for you.

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About the author

Tyler Cooper

Tyler was born and raised a vegetarian and has been a huge advocate of healthy living for as long as he can remember. When he's not writing on his health blog, you can probably find him working on his organic urban farm.