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Sometimes the same old routine of toast and cereal for breakfast can get boring. If you’d like another healthy option that’s a bit more fun, try swapping the granola out for a smoothie. Breakfast smoothies are a great way to add more nutrition to your morning meal, as they often include ingredients that you wouldn’t otherwise think to have at breakfast (looking at you, spinach and beets). Some recipes can be whipped up quickly, while for others, it can be helpful to prep the ingredients the night before or over the weekend and pop them in the freezer. 

Want to look forward to getting out of bed in the morning? Check out these breakfast smoothie recipes.

7 Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

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Just a few of the ingredients you could use for simple breakfast smoothies.

Different recipes call for different ingredients, but at their core, all breakfast smoothie recipes require a liquid and fruits or vegetables. If you follow a particular diet, such as vegan or low fat, you can swap out some of the ingredients in the following recipes to suit your needs (for example, almond milk or low-fat milk for regular). 

1. Avocado Banana Smoothie

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Avocados add richness to breakfast smoothies.

Avocado makes for a rich and thick texture, so it’s especially good for a filling and nutritious breakfast smoothie. The following recipe was adapted from Margaret Joyner’s Skillshare class, Green Smoothie Freezer Packs—Meal Prepping Made Easy. Follow along, and you’ll learn how to make easy breakfast smoothies by prepping ingredients ahead of time and adding them to a freezer bag.

Ingredients: 

  • Half an avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. 
  2. Blend on high for about 30 seconds.
  3. If the avocado makes the smoothie too thick for your liking, add more orange juice to thin it out.

2. Banana Almond Smoothie

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This smoothie is green, but the flavor is all almond and banana.

The spinach in this recipe adds a nutritious kick and a green color, but the flavor isn’t overly strong, making it an ideal choice for kids (or adults, for that matter) who need a bit of persuasion to eat their greens. It’s another easy breakfast smoothie recipe that’s a cinch to blend up in the morning.

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5-2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1-1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 tsp honey

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Start with just one cup of almond milk, then add more as you go if the consistency isn’t quite right.
  2. Blend on high for about 30 seconds.

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3. Acai Smoothie Bowl

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You can eat your smoothie in a bowl if you prefer.

If you prefer your breakfasts in a bowl than a tall glass, consider making an acai smoothie bowl. A nutritionally dense berry originating from South America, acai can be bought in the form of puree or powder, then blended with milk and yogurt to create a brightly colored and simple breakfast smoothie base.

Ingredients:

Add as much of the following ingredients as you’d like to suit your own palate and preferences.

  • Frozen acai puree or powder
  • Frozen blueberries, blackberries, and/or strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Milk, plant/nut milk, or juice
  • Plain yogurt
  • Toppings such as nuts, seeds, or fresh sliced fruit

Directions:

  1. Add milk and yogurt to a blender.
  2. Slowly add the frozen fruits and acai, little by little with the blender turned on, so that each portion is blended thoroughly. If you add all the frozen ingredients at once, you may end up with clumps that won’t break down.
  3. Add blended smoothie to a bowl and top with your preferred toppings.

4. Vegan Blueberry, Beet, and Mandarin Smoothie

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No animals were harmed in the making of these smoothies.

This vitamin-loaded vegan blueberry, beet, and mandarin smoothie is not only delicious, but it’s also filling enough to make for a hearty breakfast that keeps you going for hours.

Ingredients: 

  • 4.5 oz pre-cooked fresh beets
  • 4.5 oz fresh blueberries
  • 7 oz mandarin oranges
  • 8.5 fl oz coconut milk

Directions: 

  1. Juice the mandarin. 
  2. Cut the beets into rough chunks and place in a blender. Add the blueberries, mandarin juice, and coconut milk.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve.

Follow the instructions for this smoothie recipe, along with other vegan meal ideas, in Almond Tree Kitchen’s Skillshare class Cooking for a Vegan Retreat at Home.

5. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Bring some holiday cheer to your fall mornings with pumpkin pie smoothie.

This recipe may be just as good for dessert as for breakfast, but if you want to get your day started with the comforting flavors of fall, check out this pumpkin pie smoothie recipe. The spices like nutmeg and cinnamon give this smoothie its warmth and distinct flavors.

Skillshare instructor Margaret Joyner teaches you how to make a bunch of other healthy festive season smoothies in her class, Healthy Holiday Smoothies: Prepping Nutritious Smoothies. They’re ideal if you want to head into the holiday season with health and nutrition in mind.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 fresh or frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg 
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with the liquid.
  2. Blend for about 30 seconds and serve.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

6. Pre-Workout Endurance Breakfast Smoothie

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Drink a smoothie before exercising for optimum energy.

If you like to hit the gym in the morning, you need energy for your workout but may not want a heavy meal beforehand. This pre-workout smoothie can be sipped any time of day, but it’s a perfect light breakfast. This recipe, from Steven Stocker’s Skillshare class Best Pre-Workout Smoothie Recipes—For Your Personal Goals, is specifically targeted to endurance, but check out his other smoothie recipes for power and weight loss, too.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful fresh or frozen mango, papaya, and pineapple
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 serving organic wheatgrass powder
  • 1 small handful organic spinach or kale
  • 2 tbsp organic kefir or yogurt
  • 1 tbsp organic hemp seeds
  • 1 cup cool water or ice cubes

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender until combined.

7. Tomato Gazpacho Smoothie

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Gazpacho smoothies are a great savory option.

If you don’t have a sweet tooth or are trying to keep your sugar consumption low, a savory breakfast smoothie might be just what you’re looking for. The following recipe, adapted from the Eating Rules blog, is inspired by gazpacho, a Spanish tomato and vegetable soup that’s served cold. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ cucumber 
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp chopped red onion
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chile pepper (optional, if you like spice)

Directions:

  1. Chop all the vegetables and herbs into smaller pieces so they blend properly.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30-60 seconds.
  3. Add extra salt, pepper, chile, or cilantro to taste.

Start Your Day Right

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Student Anna Lukanina whips up pre-made smoothies for Green Smoothie Freezer Packs – Meal Prepping Made Easy.

Once you’ve tried these delicious smoothies, you’ll never be bored with breakfast options again. Plus, unlike with some forms of cooking, like baking, there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to making smoothies, so you can have fun experimenting and see which ingredients are your favorites. Your morning routine will never look the same again.

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