Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

Starting your day with a healthy smoothie can kick start your healthy mindset and boost energy throughout the day. These delicious smoothie recipes will help deliver the vitamins and nutrients that most help with focus, energy, and fitness.

There’s nothing like a good smoothie. And the great thing is, you don’t have to wait in line and spend $7 every time you want one. With these simple smoothie recipes, you can put together your own smoothie in under 5 minutes and spend as little as $1.50 per serving.

Recipes

The recipes below are meant to be healthy ways of making smoothies. A smoothie today, can mean many things, from a blend of ice and fake sugars, to a concoction of healthy superfoods. These smoothies are definitely on the healthier end of the spectrum, but are a nice tasting mix for people who want to eat healthier, but don’t want to sacrifice flavor either.

Keep in mind – you can substitute or adjust the amount of pretty much any ingredient in these recipes to taste or to avoid allergy. You’ll only need to consider how easily the smoothie blends. Add more or less liquid to the mix in order achieve your desired texture.

After the recipes, we’ll show you some healthy ingredient options and direct you where to get them. Hope you enjoy.

Peanut Butter Banana Protein

This smoothie is packed with protein, probiotics, fiber, Omega-3, potassium, and natural fats to give you energy and enhanced nutrition to start your day. We particularly recommend this one after a morning workout.

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Large Spoonfuls of Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 Serving of Protein
  • 1-2 Spoonfuls of Whole-fat Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chia or Flax Seeds
  • 1 Cup of Soy, Almond, or Coconut Milk
  • 1 Spoonful of Sugar-free Rolled Oats

Optional

  • 1 Serving of Greens Mix

 

Directions

  1. Add banana (or other fruit) into your personal blender cup
  2. Add nut milk, or other liquid base (adding this first will help to keep other ingredients from sticking to the sides of the container)
  3. Add in protein, yogurt, chia/flax seeds, peanut butter, rolled oats, and greens mix.
  4. Cap and blend

 

Mixed Berry Protein

  • 1 Cup of Soy, Almond, or Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • 1 Serving of Protein
  • 1-2 Spoonfuls of Whole-fat Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chia or Flax Seeds

Optional

  • 1 Serving of Greens Mix
  • 1 Spoonful of Sugar-free Rolled Oats

Directions

  1. Add mixed fruit into your personal blender cup
  2. Pour in 1/2 of nut milk (this keeps other ingredients from sticking to the sides of the container)
  3. Add in protein, yogurt, chia/flax seeds, peanut butter, rolled oats, and greens mix.
  4. Cap and blend

 

Choosing the Right Ingredients for a Healthy Smoothie

There is a big wide variety in the quality and types of ingredients we could choose to put in our smoothies, even if we’re following the same recipe. Today, most people value cost and convenience in their food over nutrition. Many are simply ignorant to the health issues that a poor diet can bring.

Here, we will cover some of the biggest considerations as you buy the ingredients that make up these smoothies. Keep in mind, that these recipes are going to be fairly healthy using whichever brands you choose, but picking the best ingredients will take your smoothie, and your day, to the next level.

 

The Best Liquids for Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie drinkers can go in a number of directions with the liquid they choose to use in their smoothie. Here are some of the top options for smoothie liquids:

  • Dairy Milk
  • Natural Juice (Orange, Apple, etc)
  • Soy Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Cashew Milk

The list goes on, but these are the most common. You can really use any liquid you prefer, as long as you can stand the taste (coffee might seem like a good option, but tread lightly… many good smoothies have been ruined testing this theory).

Here are the key things we look for in a liquid to use as a base in our healthy breakfast smoothies:

  • No Added Sugars – if it is a juice, seek juices that are made 100% from fruit and avoid concentrates, which mean added sugars.
  • Vitamins / Nutrients – Many nut milks are Calcium and Vitamin A fortified. Most natural juices contain at least some Vitamin C. Compare the products in your grocery store and search for the brands with the highest vitamin and nutrient content that fits into your budget.

 

The Best Fruit for Healthy Smoothies

There are several fruit options to choose from, and each have different tradeoffs between convenience, cost, and environmental impact. Let’s take a short look:

  • Standard “Fruit-Isle” Fruit – Normal fruit that you purchase at the grocery store will normally have a shelf life of about a week. Of course, it depends on which type of fruit you’re buying and where from. For buyers who want to avoid pesticides, this may not be the best option, unless you investigate your sources beforehand.
  • Organic Fruit – Organic fruit is about as healthy as inorganic, but it contains no pesticides or preservatives and is typically grown sustainably. It will cost a little more, but should be available in a lot of the same places that sell normal fruit. Shelf life will be even shorter than standard fruits.
  • Frozen Fruit – Frozen fruit is probably the cheapest and most convenient option for smoothies, depending on where you buy. Fruits may be, or may not be, grown with pesticides depending on who grows them, but they are also processed and washed, which cleans away many of the chemicals that may be used to grow them. Frozen fruits are approximately as healthy as standard fruit.

Our favorite option, for overall health, convenience, and cost effectiveness is frozen fruit.

 

The Best Peanut Butter for Healthy Smoothies

Peanut butter can be a healthy source of protein, but only if you choose a peanut butter that minimizes or completely eliminates the following ingredients:

  • Sugar – any sugar in peanut butter is added only for flavor, and is unnecessary.
  • Oils – oils can often contain trans fats or saturated fats and is only added for texture. To avoid them, buy a peanut butter that contains no oil, and stir before using.

Watch out for peanut butters that market themselves as “Natural” and contain the above ingredients.

 

The Best Chia and Flax Seeds for Healthy Smoothies

Chia and Flax seeds are both a healthy source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fiber. The table below compares the nutritional content of chia seeds and flax seeds.

 

The Best Protein for Healthy Smoothies

There are many protein options available, but few are healthy. Furthermore, many contain added sugars and chemicals for weight gain.

Our favorite brand of protein is Gold Standard. If you’d like to learn more about Gold Standard, read our Gold Standard Whey Protein flavor recommendations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *