Healthy Breakfast Smoothies (2024)

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Pass me my scepter and crown me the queen of good intentions. I’m often tempted by a myriad of high-and-mighty goals (run a marathon! take more vitamins! make my own yogurt!). Instead of stressing over too many lofty ambitions, why not start with something small like a healthy breakfast or snack? Let’s drink more Healthy Breakfast Smoothies, and call it a royal win!

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To fuel our wholesome, realistic goals, I’m sharing this round up of healthy breakfast smoothies that are packed with all the protein, fruits, and veggies you need to power your day.

When recipes are as tasty as these, eating right is a delight, not a chore.

If you’ve ever ventured to the smoothie section of my website, then you’ll know just how much I love healthy smoothies. They taste like a treat but have incredible nutritional value.

Bonus points because they’re unbelievably easy to make and prep ahead.

So, let’s approach each day with small steps, yummy breakfast smoothies, and a nutrition-packed to our morning. Cheers!

Is it Healthy to Have a Smoothie for Breakfast?

Smoothies can make a very healthy breakfast—it’s all about the ingredients and keeping reasonable portions. When following these parameters, it is okay to have a smoothie for breakfast every day.

Super healthy breakfast smoothies are quick and easy to make, and of course, they are delicious too!

When looking for a healthy breakfast smoothie, try to find one that’s low in sugar and high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats so you stay full for longer.

What Do You Put in a Breakfast Smoothie?

There are so many options for what you can put in a breakfast smoothie. Each category of ingredients provides different positive benefits. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for what you should put in your morning smoothie:

  • Healthy Fats. Your favorite nut butter, coconut milk, or chia seeds. This makes the smoothie more satisfying and keeps you full between meals. Keep portions in mind; I usually add about 1 tablespoon.
  • Protein and Fiber Additions. Greek yogurt or your favorite protein powder are easy ways to make breakfast protein smoothies. A tablespoon of oatmeal adds fiber.
  • Fruit. Breakfast fruit smoothies are always a crowd-pleasing choice. Strawberries and blueberries are my go-tos. Bananas make smoothies naturally sweet. Mango and pineapple can hide the taste of greens. Unexpected fruits like apples or watermelon can be scrumptious too.
  • Vegetables. Spinach, kale, avocado, carrots, and even beets can all be added to smoothies.
  • FlavorAdditions. Vanilla, cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, and dates are all excellent ways to give your smoothie more flavor.
  • Liquid. Unsweetened almond milk is my favorite for smoothies. You can also use juice (be sure to do this in moderation, since juice is high in sugar but low in fiber), a different kind of milk, coconut water, or even plain water.
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Are Breakfast Smoothies Good for Weight Loss?

  • Filling breakfast smoothies that are high in protein and low in calories can be good for weight loss. Choosing hearty breakfast smoothies will help make sure you aren’t starving by mid-morning.
  • See the Healthy Breakfast Smoothies for Weight Loss category below for recipe ideas.

Note: The above is a general guideline. For more information or specific recommendations for your own diet, please contact a nutritionist or your doctor.

How to Make Ahead and Store Smoothies

  • No time in the morning to whip up a smoothie? NO PROBLEM.You can make most smoothies the night before and store them in the refrigerator.
  • To Store. Store blended smoothies in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Place the smoothie in an airtight jar; the less air touching the smoothie, the better. Stir before serving.
  • To Make Ahead. Prepare the smoothie as directed, then pour into an airtight freezer-safe mason jar and freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Recommended Tools for Making Smoothies

  • Blender. I more recently purchasedthis high-powered blender, and it makes everything very smooth and creamy.This more economical blender optionis also great, though you may need to add more liquid or add the frozen fruit more slowly.
  • Stainless Steel Straws.These stainless steel strawsmake everything you drink through them taste so refreshing. I try to keep some in my purse, so I don’t need to ask for a plastic or paper straw when I’m out. They’re great for taking smoothies to go as well.
  • Opaque Cup. A great way to make (hide) green-colored breakfast smoothies for kids.

Now, let’s get to those healthy breakfast smoothies!

Healthy Fruit Smoothies

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  • Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
  • Strawberry Mango Smoothie
  • Mango Smoothie
  • Smoothie Bowl
  • Greek Yogurt Smoothie
  • Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
  • Strawberry Smoothie{The Classic}
  • Apple Avocado Smoothie
  • Blueberry Banana Avocado Smoothie
  • Hawaiian Berry Smoothie

Healthy Green Smoothies

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  • Kale Smoothie
  • Mango Green Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Breakfast Smoothies for Weight Loss

  • Beet Smoothie
  • Apple Smoothie
  • Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

NOTE: Many smoothies in other categories on this page are high in fiber and filling. If losing weight is on your goal list, be sure to check out those options too.

Breakfast Smoothies with Oats

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  • Oatmeal Smoothie
  • Berry Turmeric Smoothie
  • Cold Remedy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
  • Blueberry Smoothie
  • Chocolate Malt Oatmeal Smoothie
  • Blueberry Cream Oatmeal Smoothies

Smoothies That Taste Like Dessert

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  • Peach Smoothie
  • Carrot Cake Smoothie
  • Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie
  • Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Smoothie
  • Blueberry Date Shake
  • Mint Smoothie{Copycat Shamrock Shake}

What is YOUR favorite healthy breakfast smoothie? Whether it’s one on this list or another recipe, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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How to Make a Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

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Here’s the formula for how to make a perfect fruit smoothie for breakfast! Start with milk and a banana or yogurt, add your fruit of choice, then blend in any add-ins you’d like. Garnish if desired, then sip and enjoy!

Prep: 5 minutes mins

Total: 5 minutes mins

Servings: 1 large smoothie

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Ingredients

For the Breakfast Smoothie Base:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice, plus additional as needed
  • 1 medium banana, cut into chunks and frozen or 1 (5-ounce) container plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, etc.

Optional Add-Ins:

  • Maple syrup or honey to taste
  • 1 handful spinach or kale
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla or unflavored protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional Garnishes:

Instructions

  • Start by adding the almond milk to the blender. Add the banana or yogurt, followed by the fruit and any add-ins you’re using.

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  • Turn the blender on at low speed, then slowly increase to high speed. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth, adding more milk if needed.

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  • Pour into a large glass (or two smaller glasses) and garnish as desired.

Notes

  • TO STORE:Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 day.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze in an airtight, freezer-safe storage jar for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

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Healthy Breakfast Smoothies (2024)

FAQs

Is it healthy to just have a smoothie for breakfast? ›

Smoothies can make a very healthy breakfast—it's all about the ingredients and keeping reasonable portions. When following these parameters, it is okay to have a smoothie for breakfast every day. Super healthy breakfast smoothies are quick and easy to make, and of course, they are delicious too!

What is the healthiest thing to put in a smoothie? ›

What should I put in a smoothie?
  • Protein, such as a commercial protein powder, Greek yogurt (which is higher in protein than regular yogurt) or nut butters.
  • Fruit, including berries, mango, bananas and avocado.
  • Greens, such as spinach or kale.
  • A liquid base such as dairy or plant-based milk, water or fruit juice.

What goes good with a smoothie for breakfast? ›

Avocado Toast or Banana Smash Toast

Start your day by pairing a small smoothie with avocado toast–a classic! Opt for whole-grain bread for added fiber, and top it with sliced tomatoes. Another favorite is this Banana Smash Toast – with peanut butter drizzle and chia seed sprinkling for a dose of healthy fats.

How many smoothies should you drink a day to lose weight? ›

If you are new to smoothie diets, it is a good idea to start with 2 smoothies per day and see how you feel. If you are feeling satisfied and are losing weight at a healthy pace, you can then increase the number of smoothies you drink.

What fruits should not be mixed in smoothies? ›

For those who want to consume smoothies with bananas, or other high PPO activity fruits and vegetables such as beet greens, the suggestion is to not combine them with flavanol-rich fruits such as berries, grapes and cocoa.

What is the best liquid to put in a smoothie? ›

This can be milk, or a dairy-free alternative such as soya or almond milk, natural or flavoured yogurt, fruit juice, or for a tropical flavoured smoothie, low-fat coconut milk or coconut water. It's important to add the liquid to your blender before adding the fruit, as this will prevent the blade from getting damaged.

What is the most important ingredient in a smoothie? ›

1. Protein: Protein is essential for helping our bodies function and help keep us feeling full.
  • Nut butter.
  • Flaxseeds or chia seeds.
  • Greek yogurt.
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Silken tofu.
  • Legumes (like chickpeas)
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What are the pros and cons of smoothie? ›

In conclusion, smoothies can be a great way to increase intakes of fruit and vegetables in our diet, which would have many health benefits. However, they may contain large amounts of added or natural sugars, which can contribute to dental problems and obesity.

Is eggs and a smoothie a good breakfast? ›

It's better to find another source of protein. Alternately, you could eat your smoothie alongside a different source of protein and fat. For example, you could have scrambled eggs and a smoothie for breakfast, instead of just the smoothie.

What is the difference between a smoothie and a breakfast shake? ›

The base of a smoothie usually starts with yoghurt, milk or juice, but some can be made of all fruits. The base of a milkshake is dairy, usually ice cream or milk. Flavor is added from syrups, raw fruits, but some milkshakes get their flavor solely from flavored ice cream.

Can I drink smoothie with eggs? ›

So long as the eggs are certified free of salmonella, adding them to your smoothie is fine.

How to lose 10 pounds in a week? ›

To lose 10 pounds in one week, you'll need to burn between 3,500 and 5,000 calories more than you consume each day by restricting your diet to small portions of nutritious yet low-calorie foods, and significantly increasing your aerobic exercise with interval training, sports, and other vigorous activities.

What not to put in a smoothie for weight loss? ›

7 Ingredients You Should Never Add to Your Weight Loss Smoothie
  1. Fruit Juice. Arguably the most common mistake people make when preparing smoothies is adding fruit juice. ...
  2. Flavored Yogurt. ...
  3. Highly Processed Protein Powders. ...
  4. Milk. ...
  5. Super Sweet Fruits. ...
  6. Added Sweeteners. ...
  7. Too Many Healthy Fats.

Are frozen fruit smoothies healthy? ›

Nutrients in fruit are at their peak right after being picked. Because fruit is frozen quickly, it retains nutritional value. If your fresh fruit is truly fresh, the nutrient value may be similar. If your fresh fruit was shipped and sat on store shelves for a while, it may contain fewer nutrients.

Can we drink smoothie in morning empty stomach? ›

Nutrient Absorption: Consuming a green smoothie on an empty stomach may enhance nutrient absorption since there are fewer competing foods in the digestive system. This can help ensure that your body efficiently absorbs the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the greens and other ingredients in the smoothie.

Are smoothies a good meal replacement? ›

Whether or not a smoothie can replace a meal really depends on what's in it. If you're only adding frozen fruit and water, then that's not a meal; that's a light, refreshing snack. In general, a meal should have a few food groups. I recommend trying to have carbs, protein, fat, and fiber at meals whenever possible.

Is it okay to have a smoothie instead of a meal? ›

It depends on what's in it. If it's balanced, and has all the components a typical meal would contain (protein, fat, fibre, carbohydrates), then yes, a smoothie can be a meal. But if it's on the lighter side, with only fruit and ice, then no, it's not a meal. To be clear, a smoothie doesn't have to be a meal.

Are smoothies better than solid food for breakfast? ›

Drinking a smoothie can potentially be better than eating solids if your smoothie is full of delicious and health-promoting fruits and vegetables You can also add healthier items like kale or flaxseed meal that you may not otherwise eat in the solid form. Try making your own green smoothie at home.

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