This smoothie is my ultimate go-to breakfast, every time.
It’s (mostly) raw.
It’ll deliver a powerful pack of nutrients in one sitting, before you’ve barely started the day, and energise you better than your regular cup of coffee.
It’s my old-faithful; my pal; my buddy.
And now, I’m passing it on to you guys.
Smoothie to Go
Smoothies have been a revolutionary breakfast option for years. You simply blend up a bunch of your chosen ingredients, and it’s done. You can make it with your eyes closed, and then either slurp it up there and then, or sip it on the go.
If made the right way, smoothies can be a delicious way of packing in your fruits and veggies, and give you a good hit of glucose to shake you out of that post-sleep haze. Different people have different preferences, and one person’s poison might be another one’s nectar.
But find your favourite combo, and you’ll be dying to jump out of bed to a thick, creamy smoothie in the morning.
I first started to drink smoothies for breakfast in 2013, probably around the Deliciously Ella boom. I’d always loved them, but never bothered to make my own apart from on the odd occasion.
Now, I’ve been drinking a breakfast smoothie almost every day for the last four years, and don’t see that changing any time soon. Though I do like to change it up with muesli, porridge or pancakes, a smoothie will always be my go-to. Sometimes the day doesn’t feel quite complete unless I’ve had one! (Which is kinda sad, I know.)
Finding your Go-To Smoothie
Like I said, everyone is different and it can sometimes take time to find a smoothie combo you like.
By trying different recipes and experimenting with your favourite fruits/veggies, you’ll eventually stumble on something yummy.
But smoothies aren’t just for fruits and veggies. I’m all about bulking things out with added starches, grains and fats, to make your smoothie more filling and less likely to make your blood sugar crash. Fruit smoothies are great and all, but I see them as more of a drink than a food – there is a lot of natural fructose in there that can be absorbed too quickly if not paired with something more slow-releasing. Adding more calorie-dense foods to your smoothie means it’ll feel more satisfying and keep you fuller, longer.
For this breakfast smoothie recipe I’m about to show you, you’ll have all the basics covered, as well as some optional extras you can throw in for more satiety or flavour. It honestly all depends on your tastebuds and what you’ve got planned for the day ahead.
I like to make my smoothie as it is in the recipe below, then around mid morning (10-11am) I enjoy a bowl of porridge to bridge the gap until lunch. However, if I’m going to be on the go and not able to eat for a while, then I’ll throw in a handful of oats too. Play around and see what works for you.
With the risk of sounding boring, my go-to smoothie recipe has hardly changed in the last four years, which is how I know it’s a winner. You might prefer to sub out some of the ingredients with other things, but if you’re new to smoothies, I feel this is a good place to start.
Basic Breakfast Smoothie
- 1-2 handfuls spinach, kale, or one handful each
- 1-2 frozen or fresh bananas (frozen will help make it thick and creamy)
- 1 handful frozen blueberries (sub any berry you like)
- 1-2 cups oat milk or your favourite milk (or, pour up to the ‘MAX’ line if your blender has one)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
- 1 tsp green superfood powder (optional). I like KIKI Health.
Place all ingredients into your blender in the order listed above. Then blend! That’s it.
- Handful oats
- 1 tbsp peanut butter/almond butter/other nut butter of choice
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds or flax seed
- 1/4 – 1/2 avocado
- 3 tbsp plain soy yoghurt (I recommend Sojade)
- Pinch cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp green matcha powder
- Any other green veggies of choice.
- The maca powder, supergreens powder and any other superfood are definitely not necessary for a healthy, nourishing smoothie. I like to add maca as a little energy-booster and the green powder helps supply some extra vitamins and probiotics. However, you can add any you like or omit them completely.
- Always try to make your smoothie at least 25-50% greens. I love to use spinach and kale as they’re rich in antioxidants, calcium, iron, vitamins and even protein. If you don’t like green veggies, putting them in smoothies is an awesome way to get them in as you can’t taste them when they’re blended with the fruit. Start with spinach (it’s very mild) and gradually increase the quantity until you can try stronger tasting vegetables like kale, celery and broccoli.
- Use any berries or fruits you like. Berries are high in antioxidants and blend well with any veggies. I love to use fresh strawberries in the summer when they’re in season, and frozen blueberries the rest of the time.
- Feel free to sub hemp or flax seed for the chia seeds. All three of these are great for getting in your omega 3.
- Feel free to use any liquid you like. Water can be used, so long as you have at least two frozen bananas (to keep it from tasting watery). Otherwise go for oat, almond, soy, cashew or coconut milk, or coconut water.
Did you guys like this smoothie recipe? What are some of your favourite go-to add-ins? Let me know what you think in the comments below!