I am a firm believer in the fact that healthy smoothie for breakfast is the perfect meal or snack whatever the weather. A healthy smoothie breakfast will keep you strong, refreshed, filled and not eager to snack on junks that may not be a healthy meal option. Healthy smoothie for breakfast is made by placing all the ingredients (fruits, vegetables, nuts, fluid, etc) in a container and processing them together. Making a healthy smoothie breakfast is as simple as tossing all the ingredients in a blender and letting it blend.
For superfood-seeking eaters, a healthy smoothie for breakfast is one of the best ways to secure several servings of fruit, vegetables, and even healthy fats in a single meal. They also happen to be incredibly delicious, whether they’re tropical and sweet, like a creamy banana smoothie or a bit more invigorating, like a nutty, Oat, and maple Smoothie.
You probably might be wondering what a smoothie is in the first place. For better understanding, a smoothie is a thick blended beverage or meal with shake like consistency, normally pureed in a blender containing fruits, nuts and/or vegetables as well as an added liquid such as fruit juice, vegetable juice, milk, or even yogurt etc.
Components of a Healthy Smoothie for Breakfast
Normally, most healthy breakfast smoothies consist of three components: some type of liquid (often called the “base” of the smoothie), an assortment of fruits and/or vegetables, and a binder (for thickness). Most people love to add ice to make it cool and refreshing and this is often done when fruits are not already frozen. If frozen fruit or vegetables are used, the cool temperature can be achieved without using ice.
The primary goal of most healthy smoothie for breakfast is to achieve a thick consistency that would be filling enough to carry you up till brunch or lunchtime. The “thickness” of a healthy smoothie for breakfast is usually determined by the ratio of liquids to solids, in order to thicken any smoothie recipe one can generally reduce the amount of added liquid or alternatively, increase the amount of added fruit or vegetables.
Optionally, some people add powders to a healthy smoothie breakfast for additional supplementation and flavoring which also increases the thickness. This could be particularly targeted at solving a health challenge or just for that added flavor and taste. An example of this is flavored protein powder or vitamin supplements.
Healthy Smoothie Breakfast Toppings Garnishes, and Appearance
If you are obsessed with how your meals appear or are presented before you eat them, then you may want to embrace the route of using toppings to garnish your smoothies. Garnishes such as fresh mint leaves, nuts, and partially chopped or whole fruit like pineapple/orange wedges or slices are increasingly being used to decorate smoothies in recipes. The commercialization of smoothies has led to this “dressing up” to make them look more attractive in advertising and overall more aesthetically appealing.
Healthy Breakfast Smoothies – 5 Yummy Recipes
Coffee, Oat, and Maple Smoothie
This easy coffee smoothie recipe is a combination of all the things that are good about mornings in a healthy package with a burst of flavour. To start, you’ll make a combination of milk and oats to soften them into an oatmeal-like consistency. The softened oats and milk get blended up with banana, cold-brewed coffee, and maple syrup for a delicious twist on the standard breakfast smoothie. Cold-brewed coffee is usually in the refrigerated drinks section of grocery stores. But, if you can’t find it, you could also substitute chilled home-brewed coffee or espresso.
- ½ cup whole milk, warmed
- ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup chilled cold-brewed coffee
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 cup ice
Kale Smoothie with Pineapple and Banana
Kale leaves are by far the best way to get loads of vitamins A, K, and C, but if you’ve grown tired of eating a leafy dish at every meal, you can get all the goodness of the greens in a smoothie. This green smoothie gets its signature hue from kale, coconut milk, bananas, and fresh pineapple to balance out the flavors.
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 cups stemmed and chopped kale or spinach
- 1 ½ cups chopped pineapple (about ¼ medium pineapple)
- 1 ripe banana, chopped
Gingery Berry and Oat Smoothie
Recreate oatmeal by whirling rolled oats, blueberries, yogurt, and ice in a blender. Brown sugar and fresh ginger add an extra pop of tang to this yummy smoothie. If you don’t like the chew of rolled oats, don’t worry. They disappear to form a scrumptious and creamy smoothie that tastes decadent and rich.
- ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
- ½ cup ice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Mangoes are a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as filling fiber, so drinking a whole one in a morning healthy smoothie for breakfast is starting your day on the right nutritional foot. Use almond milk in place of cow’s milk for a dairy-free version. If you like your smoothies extra cold, freeze the mango overnight before blending in the morning.
- 1 cup chopped ripe mango
- ½ cup low-fat milk
- ½ cup ice
- ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
Raspberry and Nut Smoothie
If you don’t have the time (or the extra hands) to spread a bit of peanut butter and jelly onto bread for a quick and effortless breakfast, you can turn that PB&J into a sippable shake by blending low-fat milk, frozen raspberries, and your favorite nut butter. Nut butters in smoothies add filling protein, healthy fats, and a delicious richness you won’t get from fruits and vegetables alone.
- ¾ cup low-fat milk
- ¾ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ banana
- 1 tablespoon natural almond or peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
I hope you’ll consider making healthy smoothie breakfast options going forward? Leave a comment for us here if you may.