My quick and easy Breakfast Smoothie
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My default in the morning is a bowl of multigrain cheerios. And while that certainly isn’t the worst possible thing to eat for breakfast, it basically has no nutritional value.
On days that I choose to make a smoothie for breakfast, I’m always happier and fuller for much longer! All I need is to take a bit more time to prepare and make sure I have all the ingredients to set me up for success every morning! And on days that I have a tough work out, I’ll make some egg whites to go with a smoothie and I’m full until lunch!
Justin and I took the plunge into the world of a Vitamix and it’s been a great investment so far. The kids love smoothies, and that’s such an easy way for me to sneak vegetables into their diets! So, I throw all the ingredients listed below into the vitamix and blend until smooth!
Quick and Easy Breakfast Smoothie
1 tsp chia seeds
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup almond milk
Do you have a favorite breakfast smoothie recipe? I’d love to hear some other recipes in the comments!
The smoothie cups are actually coffee cups that I found on sale from Target!
do you know the nutritional information on this? Looks delicious
I have a smoothie for breakfast as well. I usually have something similar but with a scoop of protein powder. Did you know you can portion out all the ingredients except the almond milk and freeze it? It makes it really easy in the morning. I usually make about 5 or 6 at a time.
I have a magic bullet and use it for smoothies. I can’t imagine drinking mine with such a narrow straw, so my cheaper blender probably isn’t doing as good a job as the Vitamix. But it works fine for smoothie straws (the disposable ones from the party supplies area of the grocery store–I put them in the dishwasher) As for recipe, I have never been a fan of cooked oatmeal, but for some reason always liked raw oats. (I offered some to a coworker once, and she said, “No thanks. I’m not a horse.) Anyway, I like to combine oats, walnuts or almonds, flax seeds, (we have a “Sprouts” grocery here, and all of the above are so inexpensive and easy to purchase in bulk), plain (unflavored) yogurt, and whatever. Sometimes I just put all that in a bowl and eat it (like right now!), but other days I make it into a smoothie–if I want it sweet, I add a banana. (We rarely buy berries but I add them if they’re on sale!) If I want it chocolatey, I also add some cocoa powder (the stuff from the baking aisle–not hot chocolate mix). Other things I’ve added at times: instant coffee, frozen or fresh greens (kale, spinach, lettuce, whatever), maple syrup. Sometimes I make enough for a few days, portion them out and keep them in the fridge! They get thicker that way, so I add water or milk and give them another spin. It has protein, omega 3s, fiber, and not much sugar. (Except for the maple syrup days!)
We don’t do exact amounts. 1 of my 5 children is picky with veggies. So this is how I get at least one serving in a day.
Spinach (I’ve tried it with Kale too, but my kids didn’t like it)
Dash of milk
I’ve been doing spinach, kale, mango and almond milk. It’s super creamy and sweet with the almond milk and mango!
I do the vega one essential shake in chocolate and a PB Fit to it. It’s super easy and filled with protein and veggies and it keeps me full till lunch !
A scoop of PB Fit
I do the Vega One also, with a frozen banana and half milk/half water in the magic bullet. Keeps me full until lunch. Sometimes I’ll add peanut butter or fresh baby spinach.
We just started making smoothies after we got a nice blender for Christmas from my parents. We have two little kids who ate very picky, too, so it feels good to give them something I know will benefit them in more ways than one. We live in northern MN, so it’s also fun to drink something that tastes so fresh in the dead of winter. Going to experiment with some protein powders. We LOVE Premier Protein drinks we get at Sams Club/Costco (best protein shake for most protein/least sugar and tastes amazing), so hopefully their protein powder will be just as good! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
1 cup frozen peaches or mango
1 cup apple juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
All you can taste is the sweet apple juice! The best green smoothie by far!
i have been so lazy doing only strawberry , banana and milk !
i would like to try to add some raspberry and blueberry too.
love your blog! 🙂 a little piece of advice for you (as I have been having smoothies for a while and perfecting them over time!) Soak your chia seeds in water at least 15 min before your make your smoothie. After you whip ’em all up in the Vitamix, THEN add the chia seeds last after they have been soaking. It makes the smoothie so much better!
My new favorite is a handful of frozen pineapple, a handful of frozen strawberries, about a half cup of cold water, Arbonne protein powder, and Arbonne greens balance. It’s delish!
This looks so yummy! My doctor has put me on this diet to find out if I have any food sensitivities , so I can eat basically nothing, but this looks like it would work.
A Sparkle Of Grace
We have a Vitamix too and it’s AMAZING! Our fave recipe is: 2 cups cold water, 2 Tbsp almond butter, 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed, 2 Tbsp pure, organic maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 cups spinach or kale, 2 ripe bananas, 2 cups frozen blueberries. Blend until smooth. Makes 2 adult-size portions and 3 kid-size servings. It’s a hit with everyone in our home and gets us off to a nutritious start!
I love smoothies! Lately, my favorite is from The Brown Eyed Baker. I do add baby spinach.
Hey! Check out this blog post: http://fraichenutrition.com/10-day-smoothie-challenge-2/ This lady is currently doing another smoothie challenge… but I just recently found her first one and I am in love with the smoothies so far (I’m working my way through the list). The cantaloupe strawberry one sounds strange.. but it is actually really good! You should definitely try these to mix it up.
Our Family Smoothie
We love to drink this during the week for breakfast or with pizza on the weekend for movie nights! My boys are 11 and 12 and are 15 months apart. They can each make the smoothie if they decide they want one for an after school snack. I keep individual servings in the freezer for them. They add 1/3 cup yogurt and milk if they are making single servings.
1/2cup strawberries or peaches
1/2 to 1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 whole avocado
This is so good. I love it! I really needed a nice breakfast smoothie to have quickly in the morning before uni.
The Pale Tails
– Beckie x
I’d like to recommend these straws-
They last forever and you can just throw them in the dishwasher (or wash by hand, they come with a little brush). Not only will you be reducing waste (Americans throw away 500 million straws per day!!!!) but you’ll be reducing your exposure to plastic. Thats awesome you got a Vitamix, we’ve had one for 6 years and I use it every single day!!!
You should try adding kale to your smoothie.
Love this post! My go-to smoothie is 1 c of a liquid (typically, unsweetened almond milk), 1 banana (for natural sweetness), 1/2 c of vanilla, Greek yogurt (good source of protein), 1/2 c of frozen fruit (this varies, but I usually have blueberries or strawberries). Sometimes I add a handful of spinach or kale without stems. I have a project on my blog right now- Greek yogurt 52 ways- I started it to curb my sweet tooth. I use Greek yogurt for various desserts. I’ve also made several different breakfast smoothies if you’re interested. 🙂
My mom makes smoothies daily and she has a great time saver by portioning out all of her ingredients EXCEPT the liquid and putting them in small bags and freezing them. Then all she has to do it take out a bag, dump it in the Vitamix, and add the liquid.
I was just thinking this morning that I needed to start making smoothies for my son who is now 18 months and refuses to eat most vegetables. He loves green beans, but clearly needs more vitamins than that. I follow @weelicious on instagram and she has something called the smoothie project she does with her kids. There are a lot of things on her list that I won’t be buying to add to my smoothies, but the idea behind it is great. I also recently saw something on Facebook about making smoothies easy. You can easily prep the fruits and veggies for your smoothies in ziplock bags for the week and freeze them. Just take them out, add your wet ingredients and there you have it. We are starting this on Monday. Good luck!
plain greek yogurt
splash of OJ
organic flax seed
YUM!!!! It looks so great!
A tip I wanted to share- I’ve heard it’s best if you ground the chia seeds in a coffee grinder before adding them to your food; Your body absorbs the nutrients better that way. [For flax, too!]
That sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!
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Add some carrots instead of sweeteners and syrups. They add a nice sweetness, but you can’t detect the flavor of carrot at all. They’re especially good with strawberries!
Sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a try soon 🙂
I love protein smoothies after a workout and my most favorite consists of –
Aria vanilla protein powder (found at Trader Joe’s)
soy or almond milk
(and the cherry on top) Trader Joe’s chocolate toffee espresso beans!
it’s SO, SO good and it keeps me nice and full for a good while!
Here’s my favorite- it keeps me full until lunch!
Instead of almond milk or yogurt, I have started adding Trader Joe’s vanilla whole milk kefir to my smoothies and I love it. You should give it a try!
Oh I would love to have a Vitamix but they are sooo expensive. Just can’t afford that
Those chia seeds need to be soaked, sprouted, or ground in order to have health benefits. The way they are now can be damaging to your intestines.
The vitamin pulverized them to what I would assume is equivalent to a ground state.
I do about 3 giant handfuls of spinach (buy the box of organic at Costco and keep in the freezer), chia seeds, 2-3 cups frozen berries, carrots and/or apple for sweetness, half a cucumber for brightness (with skin if organic), water, half a lemon (skin and all because Vitamix!)
Oh and collagen for protein.
Ooh, oats in there would also be great thing to keep you full!
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
Handful of spinach
My toddler (and my) favorite!
I’ve been doing spinach, kale, mango and almond milk. It’s super creamy and sweet with the almond milk and mango!
I add dates for sweetness and sometimes use real coconut milk ( in a can) for a more tropical taste. One of my faves is blueberries, dates, almond butter and either coconut milk or almond milk.
Smoothies for breakfast are my favourite! Especially with fresh berries to add a touch of sweetness ♥
Amy // snippetsofamy.co.uk
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I love a good morning smoothie! My particular favourite is my avocado one. Add an avocado a banana and some soya vanilla milk and your drinking a dream!
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This looks yummy! I’m always looking for alternative breakfast ideas as I don’t care for breakfast foods. Will definitely be trying this!
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1 Scoop Vega Essentials powder
1 cup frozen fruit
2 cups frozen Kale and Spinach blend (Costco)
add flax, chia or macca- sometimes all three
forgot th 14-16oz of water
Sounds like my breakfast smoothies, as well.
Would love to know what kind you fix for the boys with “hidden” veggies included!!!
Yummy! I am trying this tomorrow! Chia seeds are so good for you!!!
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Hi Kate! Loved this post. Have you ever tried your smoothie with cottage cheese? I know it sounds weird but I always include it in mine. I put almost 1/2 cup. It adds a lot of creaminess. Cottage cheese is very low in fat and loaded with protein! I blend for at least 30 seconds to break up all the cottage cheese. I get the 1% fat cottage cheese.
Your trip sounded great!
I love smoothies! Lately I’ve been making this one and it’s my favorite!
1 small to medium banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup milk (depends on if you’re using frozen fruit or not)
1 teaspoon sugar (probably isn’t necessary but I like to add it!)
calories: 285 (with 1/3 cup 2% milk); 305 (with 1/2 cup 2% milk)
I would love to have a Vitamix but they are sooo expensive. Just can’t afford that
Wow! That fruit smoothie you just listed is a very good fruit smoothie. You get flavor but also a real solid dose of vitamins and nutrients. Not hard to make either.