I have made breakfast smoothies for YEARS now. And, somehow, I’ve convinced almost everyone in my life that the breakfast smoothie is the perfect start to the day. So let me make my case:
First, and most importantly, they are SO good for you. Your body will thank you for jump starting all of its metabolic functions with fiber, vitamins, good fats and hydration. Second, they taste great! You can really mix and match to make great flavors! They can be simple or complex, sweet or savory. They can truly be made to taste! And finally, they are super easy! Smoothies can be prepared the night before and can be taken on the go with you! I often drink my smoothie on my commute – making that part of my day so much more enjoyable. So do I have you convinced? At least to give it a try?? Ok – great, lets learn how to make a smoothie that you will LOVE.
I see there being 6 aspects to a great smoothie:
- Greens – beet greens, kale, spinach, oh my! Greens are an essential to my breakfast smoothie – not only do much of the other flavors play over the greens, so you can sneak them in undetected, it also helps you get all of that green goodness into your body quickly and first thing!
- Acid – Some citrus or berries bring out the flavors of the smoothie but also help you absorb the good vitamins in greens, so I always make sure I have some acid in my smoothie! You can use fruits such as lemons, oranges, clementines, blue berries, black berries, raspberries, even apples!
- Vitamins (aka veggies!)– cucumbers, peppers, carrots, avoid celery and broccoli (too textured and fibrous- you’ll be chewing not drinking your smoothie!)
- Texture– you wabt peanut butter, banana, avocado, even yogurt (but I try to avoid dairy as much as possible, so I often don’t use yogurt or cow’s milk)
- Zing– If you are the kind of person that likes a little zing, use ginger or cayan to up your smoothie game. I love ginger as an added flavor to mine! If not, you can skip this step.
- Liquid – orange juice, oat milk, pomegranate juice, even plain ol’ water! This is what marries it all together! You can do a little or a lot – it’s all up to you. I love to use oat milk and pomegranate juice together!
Tips and tricks:
- Cut your items into pieces so they don’t take up too much space – the smaller they are, the more you’ll be able to get into the blender off the bat!
- Put your greens closest to the blade– you want your greens to blend first – if not you end up with giant chunks of spinach floating in the smoothie – not a great look.
- Always put your liquid in last– it can fit around the other items!
- Add a few ice cubes after your smoothie is blended – and blend a second time! This creates a smoother smoothie and it helps your smoothie get ice cold throughout! Some people use frozen fruit and can skip this step – but I like my fruit fresh, so I add ice at the end!
- Mix it up! Try new greens! Add a different kind of citrus! You may find a great combo that surprises you!
A typical recipe for me looks like:
(To be clear this is mostly guessing on these measurements – I don’t measure, I just wing it!)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup oat milk
- 1/2 clementine
- Handful of berries (blue, black or raspberry- whatever is in the fridge)
- A bit of pealed ginger
- A splash of lemon juice
- An extra large handful of mixed greens (I shove these greens on top, so I fill until it can’t fill any more!)
- 2-3 ice cubes