Five Breakfast Smoothies
breakfast smoothies on repeat
In my opinion, a breakfast rut is a fine thing and nothing to be ashamed of.
Generally, I am a ‘porridge in the winter, smoothies in the summer’ kind of girl, with occasional forays into something savoury on toast or an epic pancake stack. However, as I blog this blog, it is early Autumn here in moody New Zealand, which means we’ve had a good run of 2-3 witheringly hot days and summer breakfast smoothie mode has kicked in.
But first, let’s answer a question that comes my way quite frequently:
ARE SMOOTHIES HEALTHY?
This is a hot topic in nutrition and the answer is.. ‘YES, but it depends’. Smoothies are a great way to increase your intake of fruit and veges, but they won’t keep you full for as long as a solid meal will. This is great for times when you aren’t very hungry, or as a side to a meal, but if you’re relying on them instead of eating proper meals, something needs tweaking.
Smoothies can also be quite high in sugar, but this isn’t usually a huge problem unless you’re consistently adding tasty things like ice-cream, or going crazy with 6-12 bananas (you laugh, but this does happen). This can lead to a sugar crash an hour or two after your smoothie. As with any food, pay attention to how you feel in the hours after consumption. Maybe you feel great, or maybe you feel a bit wired followed by a dip in your energy levels. If that’s the case, you may need a smaller serving, or add some fibre in the form of oats to slow down the flow of goodness to your bloodstream.
let's get into the smoothies!
Below are five smoothies I have loved recently, followed by a generic smoothie recipe that could be customised to whatever you are feeling that day. Let’s start with a firm favourite:
Salted Caramel Smoothie
3 Medjool Dates
1 Scoop of Vanilla protein powder
Large pinch of salt
1 Cup frozen mixed berries
1 Scoop protein powder
1/2 Cup yogurt
1/2 Cup rolled oats
1 Scoop protein powder
1 Shot espresso
The recipe (for you to pin if that's your thing!)
- 1 Blender
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups frozen fruit (berries, cherries, mango..)
- 2 scoops your favourite protein powder
- 750 ml water or milk
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 handful kale or spinach
- Place everything in the blender and blend until smooth.
make it a breakfast smoothie bowl
If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, throw some nuts, or some muesli on your smoothie and call it a fancy smoothie bowl. Congrats, you just saved yourself $15 at the smoothie bowl cafe.