Most people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so it is imperative that you don’t miss it. If you do not have the time to cook or bake something, breakfast smoothies are the way to go. Here are some of our favorite recipes that you will surely love.
This Spinach Smoothie combines fresh spinach, bananas, and your choice of frozen fruits. Add some lime and orange juice plus milk and you’ll have a healthy, fresh smoothie in no time.
While the recipe calls for almond milk, you can just use plain water if you do not have any at home. If you can afford organic fruits and vegetables, then that would be better as you are assured that they are not exposed to chemicals and are therefore healthier.
If you want a smoothie that will make you feel like you’re on a beach somewhere in the tropics, then this Pineapple Smoothie is the perfect blend.
This recipe is not only refreshing on a hot summer day but so nutritious as well. The blend of the ingredients makes it packed with vitamin C and many more. You also don’t need to add another sweetener as the sweetness of the fruits are already enough.
You can easily customize if you want to add to the nutrients. Chia seeds will give you a different texture and some Omega 3 as well. If you want more fiber, you can add some rolled oats too.
Raspberry Coffee Smoothie
If you are a fan of coffee then you don’t want to miss making the Raspberry Coffee Smoothie. It’s perfect not just for breakfast, but also as a snack any time of the day.
To make it easier for you, you can make some iced coffee ahead of time and just freeze them. You can just take it out when you are looking for a sweet caffeine fix.
If you are not a fan of raspberry, you can easily swap another fruit for it. Other fruits that go well with coffee are bananas, blueberries, and other citrus fruits.
Dos and Dont’s of Breakfast Smoothies
If you want healthy and delicious smoothies, make sure to follow the tips below.
Do prepare your ingredients ahead of time
If you only have a few minutes to spare for breakfast before you have to go out of the house, then you can just prepare your ingredients beforehand. The night before, peel and cut all your ingredients and put them together in a cup.
The next day all you need to do is put them in the blender then add your choice of liquid and blend away! You can have them at home or put it in a to-go cup and enjoy on your way to work or school.
Don’t add sugar to your smoothies but sweeten it naturally
If you have a sweet tooth and looking for something more with you smoothie, don’t get your sugar right away. Adding artificial sweeteners may make it taste better for you, but you are also adding more calories to your meal. Not only that, but you are also most likely to have a sugar crash later.
There are many fruits that can help make your smoothie suit your taste. Watermelon is one of them, or perhaps some dates or beets.
Do take only enough serving
Smoothies are generally healthy, especially if you are only using natural ingredients and not adding too much sugar to your recipe. But even healthy meals can become unhealthy if you eat too much of it. The ideal is to just consume one serving of your smoothie.
If you are having this instead of a meal, you might think that you will need a bigger portion especially if you are used to a heavy breakfast. But if you all you are adding is fruits and cream or milk, you are going to end up with an overly sweet and high in calorie meal.
If you try to consume more than one serving, you are already overindulging. If you want something that is filling, try to add oats to your smoothie so that you can feel full longer.
Don’t just use fruits but look for other flavors
The great thing about smoothies is the endless combinations you can make! You don’t just limit yourselves to fruits and green leafy vegetables.
You can also add some herbs like basil, mint, and even spices like chili or sriracha for that extra kick. The important thing is to research so that you get the right balance of taste and nutrients.
Whatever smoothie you choose to prepare, it is important that you are able to mix and match in order to have something that will not only taste good but will give you your needed nutrients as well.