October 23, 2016
5 Quick & Easy Breakfast Smoothie Ideas

Chucking a few ingredients into a blender to create a filling, nutritious breakfast in minutes, and then sipping it down on the go? Yeah, that's my kind of breakfast. Yours too? Read on for my five favourite, quick and easy breakfast smoothie ideas.

 

1.  S I M P L E   G R E E N.
This green smoothie is packed full of antioxidants plus anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, as well as lots of chlorophyll thanks to the spinach. It also boasts a healthy serve of fibre, vitamin C, healthy fats, and potassium.

Ingredients.
1 handful of baby spinach.
1-2 bananas.
½ an avocado.
1 cup coconut or almond milk.
Optional extras: super greens like spirulina or barley grass, or some protein powder.

Method.
Blend until smooth. If you don't have a super powerful blender, you may like to blend the spinach and milk before adding the rest.

2.  S U P E R F O O D   P R O T E I N   S H A K E.
This smoothie contains some of my favourite superfoods, packing a superpower punch into a delicious, filling, protein-packed smoothie. With benefits including improved digestion, clearer skin, allergy relief, more energy, and balanced hormones, you'd be silly not to super-fy your morning smoothie.

Ingredients.
1-2 bananas.
1 cup nut milk of choice.
1 tbsp bee pollen.
1 tbsp raw cacao powder.
1 tbsp hemp seeds.
1 tbsp maca powder.
ice.

Method.
Blend until smooth.

3.  R A W   S N I C K E R S   S M O O T H I E.
I'm a bit of a chocaholic, so slipping some choc into my breakfasts? Smooth. Real smooth. This chocolatey peanut butter fusion satisfies cravings, and comes packed with the healthful extras a real Snickers bar just ain't gonna offer, like lots of antioxidants, protein, fibre, magnesium, and vitamin E.

Ingredients.
1 cup nut milk of choice.
1 tbsp raw cacao powder.
1 tbsp natural peanut butter (we're talking real peanut butter, made with peanuts only).
1 banana.
1 tbsp cacao nibs.
Optional extras: a handful of oats or seeds to help keep you feeling full for longer.

Method.
Blend all ingredients but the cacao nibs until smooth. Pour into a glass or jar, and sprinkle the cacao nibs on top for a bit of added chocolatey crunch.

4.  P I N E   L I M E.
This smoothie boasts skin-glowing, alkalising, vitamin-boosting capabilities. It's a great source of healthy fats, vitamin C and vitamin E - so a great way to start your day! It's super refreshing, so a perfect spring/summer smoothie.

Ingredients.
1 handful of chopped pineapple.
½ an avocado.
½ a small cucumber, chopped roughly.
¼ pure, spring water.
juice of ½ a lime.
ice.
Optional extras: super greens like spirulina or barley grass.

Method.
Blend until smooth.

5.  A C A I   S M O O T H I E   B O W L.
Berries are an incredible source of antioxidants, and acai (pronounced, ah-sigh-ee) is basically the king of berry superfoods. This Amazonian berry was traditionally used to treat ulcers, haemorrhages and parasitic infections, but its burst into modern-day popularity in smoothie bowl form. Other than potentially boosting your likes on Instagram, this smoothie bowl contains incredibly high levels of antioxidants, as well as iron, fibre, calcium and vitamin A.

Ingredients.
1 pack frozen acai pulp.
1 banana (½ for the puree, and ½ sliced for topping).
½ cup strawberries (+ a few extra, sliced for topping).
½ cup blueberries (frozen or fresh, + a few extra for topping).
½ cup almond milk.
1 kiwi (sliced for topping).
¼ cup granola / nuts / seeds (for topping).

Method.
Blend the acai, ½ banana, ½ cup strawberries, ½ cup blueberries and ½ cup almond milk until smooth, then pour into a bowl. Top with the remaining ingredients - or get creative and choose your own.

 

When it comes to concocting a nutritious and filling breakfast smoothie, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Which combinations make up your favourite smoothie?

 

Emily Bathgate

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