Healthy breakfast smoothies will help you start your day in a healthy way, especially if you are one of those people who can’t eat a lot early in the morning. We put together three breakfast smoothie recipes that are quick and easy to make and delicious!
The sleepy head’s breakfast
You love cozy breakfasts and long brunch dates with your friends at the weekend but prefer staying in your warm bed a few minutes longer instead of preparing a healthy breakfast during the week? Then we are on the same page! I love breakfast but am not hungry at all when I need to get up early in the morning. I do know though about the importance of a healthy breakfast in order to charge my batteries and get ready for a long and busy day. Some time ago I had regular sessions with a nutritionist in Vienna who taught me a lot about food and how to combine different ingredients to get the best out of them. Recently, I started preparing my beloved breakfast smoothies again and some of you asked me to share my recipes. So here we go!
How to choose the ingredients?
When it comes to breakfast smoothies, there are only a few recommendations you should follow:
- Choose fruits and vegetables you personally like
- Add dairy products if wanted or opt for a lactose-free or vegan option like soy or almond milk
- Add some healthy fats that will give you a boost in energy (e.g. avocado, coconut oil, peanut butter)
- Add a teaspoon of a blend of flaxseed and nuts
- Optionally add 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal (works best with yogurt or milk)
How to store the fruits and vegetables?
I suggest you to try different variations to understand what works best for you. Once you know which fruits and veggies you like most, buy them in bigger amounts at a local market, prepare your smoothies in portions and keep them in the freezer. By doing so you can even prepare yourself for the colder months and store some of your favorite fruit for winter. For example, cut the bananas into pieces when they are ripe – later you won’t need to add any other sweeteners to your smoothies. You can even cut avocados into pieces and freeze them. Also, you can buy frozen berries at the supermarket and use them for your smoothies. If you like your smoothies creamier, steam zucchini and prepare it in portions, too. This is a great vegetable to use since zucchini has a pretty neutral taste and can be combined well with sweet fruit.
Three Healthy Smoothie Variations
The good thing about breakfast smoothies is that you can make them fresh in only a few minutes in the morning. If you are a sleepy head just like me, prepare your breakfast smoothie in the evening and store it in a bottle or jar in the fridge. In the morning you simply have to grab your smoothie and are ready to go! If combined well, these smoothies won’t leave you hungry before lunch and you can get creative with the fruit and veggie combinations – there are (almost) no limits!
Here are three of my all-time favorite healthy smoothie recipes:
1. Veggie Power Smoothie
1 ripe banana, 1/2 steamed zucchini, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 apple, 1 tsp. peanut butter, 1 tsp. flaxseed and nuts blend, 2/3 cup milk/soy or almond milk
2. Energizing Green Smoothie
1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh young spinach, 1 kiwi, 1 fig, 1/4 avocado, 1 tsp. coconut oil, 1 tsp. flaxseed and nuts blend, 2/3 cup milk, soy milk or almond milk
3. Sweet Beet & Berry Smoothie
1 ripe banana, 1/s cup precooked beet root, 1/2 cup fresh berries, 1/4 avocado, 1 tsp. coconut oil,1 tsp. flaxseed and nuts blend, 2/3 cup blood orange or simple orange juice
>> Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy <<
*If the consistency is too thick, add a bit water or another liquid (e.g. milk, fruit juice).
*Drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh fruit and almonds.