healthy smoothie recipes

Fill mason jars with your favorite fruit + Blend it = a sweet and healthy breakfast replacement

Mornings can be stressful, so why add to that stress by eating sugar and carbs for breakfast when you can just drink a nutritious breakfast instead? The most common mistake people make during breakfast time is eating foods that are processed and loaded with sugar such as, muffins, waffles, cereal, toast, and bagels. This could mess with your metabolic rate, energy levels, blood sugar levels, and can ultimately weight gain. But there’s a better way to start your day that’s no less convenient!

With smoothies, you are using natural and unprocessed ingredients that are filled with a variety of nutrients, protein, and energy providing vitamins and minerals. You can prepare your smoothie ingredients the night before, or even chop and freeze a week’s worth of ingredients so that when you wake up in the morning all you have to do is blend them! Use this mason jar blending hack from the video below to make your mornings even easier. Without the need to pour all of your ingredients into a blender, you’ll be out the door in the blink of an eye. 

3 Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

Healthy breakfast smoothie

  1. Spinach Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Half a large, or 1 small ripe banana

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • Fresh baby spinach (around 2 huge handfuls)

  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened peanut butter or cashew butter

  • 1 cup of ice

Directions:

Pour ice, milk (or milk substitute), banana, and the spinach into a blender, then blend until ice is crushed, pour and drink!

With this drink, you’re getting fiber from the bananas and you’re getting loads of vitamin A, C, E and K, calcium, and iron from the spinach.

2. Strawberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cups of low-fat milk (or almond milk)

  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds

  • ½ cup of strawberries sliced

  • ½ a banana sliced

  • 1 cup of low-fat greek yogurt (coconut cream also works great)

  • ½-1 tsp raw honey (optional)

  • ½ cup of ice

Directions:

In a bowl, stir together some of the milk with the chia seeds and set it aside for 5 minutes.

In a blender, combine the rest of the milk, the strawberries, bananas, yogurt, ice, and honey (if you’re using it) and blend until creamy and smooth. Give the chia seeds and milk mixture one last stir before adding it to the blender, then blend on low. Finally, pour it into a glass and drink up!

With this drink you’re getting potassium, magnesium and vitamin C from the strawberries, you’re getting fiber from the bananas and you’re getting fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous from the chia seeds.

3. Berry Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups of orange juice

  • ½ avocado

  • ¾ cup of blueberries

  • ½ cup of raspberries (or strawberries)

  • 1 kiwi peeled and sliced

  • 1/2 -1 banana

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

  • 1 cup ice

*Feel free to add 1 tbsp of matcha green tea for an extra boost of energy and antioxidants.

Directions:

Pour ice, orange juice, avocado, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, and banana into a blender, blend until ice is crushed. Pour, serve, and enjoy!

With this drink, the blueberries provide you with antioxidants, the raspberries contain compounds with anti-cancer properties called ellagic acids and the avocado provides you with healthy fatty acids, vitamin C, E, K, and potassium.

You can play around with the ingredients to fit your taste, as long as you stick to healthy alternatives your smoothie will be a great source of energy and a great way to start your day off right!

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition and/or current medication. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

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