By Nielsen Fitness Personal Trainer – Maddie Soye
Breakfast smoothies are a quick and easy way to get your day off to a healthy and delicious start. Here are some simple steps for creating your morning meal-in-a-glass – and a few of our favourite recipes to try:
Including a protein source such as yogurt, peanut/almond butter or protein powder in your smoothie will help keep you fueled and satisfied all morning. If protein powder is new to you, I recommend visiting a health food store for advice to help you choose the protein powder that is right for you and your goals. Remember to select a powder with less than 7-10 items on the ingredient list as you want protein and not added sugars or preservatives.
You can create your own smoothie concoction by blending virtually any combination of veggies, fruits, a protein source, and flaxseed or fish oil – or try one of these Nielsen Fitness favorites.
1) Berry-Green Tea Smoothie
Antioxidant-rich green tea makes this smoothie a nutritional powerhouse. When teamed up with the superfood avocado, you’ve got a nutrient-packed, immune-boosting smoothie on your hands.
Blend together: One cup green tea, the juice from one lemon, ¼ cup blueberries, ½ cup blackberries, 1/8 cup mint leaves, 1 avocado, 1 TBSP honey and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder.
2) The Green Monster Smoothie
The superfood Kale is the guest of honor in this smoothie. Let’s take a look at what kale brings to the table: vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, cholesterol-lowering effects and antioxidant properties just to name a few. Have I convinced you to try kale in your next smoothie?
Blend together: 5 pieces of Kale with the stems removed, 1 small handful of parsley, 2 frozen bananas, 1 apple cored and chopped, 2 cups of almond/coconut milk.
3) Pineapple-Banana Smoothie
The ginger in this smoothie stimulates digestion, soothes heartburn, nausea and other stomach troubles. When ginger teams up with banana in this smoothie, the body reaps the benefits of a natural antacid.
Blend together: ½ cup pineapple, 1 banana, ½ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt, 1 TBSP grated ginger, ½ cup ice, ½ cup pure pineapple juice or water.
4) The Classic Breakfast Smoothie
Using frozen fruit for your smoothie is convenient as you can easily keep nutrient-packed fruits on-hand in the freezer all year round. Sip this smoothie in the morning and the protein will keep you content until lunch.
Blend together: 1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt, 1 banana, ½ cup pure orange juice, 6 frozen strawberries, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 TBSP ground flax or chai seeds.