Smoothies are all the rage, and it’s because they are good. Sometimes you just want something cool and amazing to drink and to serve as a meal, but you don’t want to eat a full meal. It happens; especially at breakfast. This is something that we all have to consider because we do need to eat breakfast; it’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing. The reason eating a healthy breakfast is so imperative is the fact that it promotes good health the rest of the day. It’s far easier for your body to burn more calories and for your metabolism to work as well as it possibly can when you eat a healthy breakfast. The simple truth is that your body does better when it’s given fuel. Think of it as a vehicle; if you have no gas you can’t go anywhere. If you fill up the tank, however, you can go for a long time. Your body is the same way; fuel it up and you will have more energy and more abilities to get things done and to get much further in your day. Skip breakfast, however, and it’s a recipe for disaster of epic proportions.
If you are like me and you simply cannot force yourself to eat a big breakfast early in the morning (Sunday brunch, now, is a completely different story) but you need energy, intake and vitamins, you should try a healthy smoothie. They are very simple to make, very inexpensive to make and they’re really good as far as taste and your health. What’s best about a good smoothie, too, is that you can drink it on the go so no one has to be late for school or work or anything else that takes up so much of your precious time. I’ve included five of my favorite smoothie recipes for you to try – and I think you’ll like them very much.
Everyone loves a berry smoothie, and we’ve made it healthy for you. What you need for this recipe that makes two healthy servings is a cup of frozen raspberries, ¾ cup almond milk, ¼ cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons honey, grated ginger to taste, a teaspoon of ground flaxseed and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Toss everything into your blender and get going. Once it’s done you can pour the mixture into two glasses and enjoy. This recipe contains only 112 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
Banana Ginger Smoothie
You’re going to get a lot out of this smoothie – two servings to be precise. What you need is 1 sliced banana, 6 oz of vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and a half teaspoon of fresh grated ginger. Place everything into your blender at one time and mix it all until it is smooth and ready to drink. Pour it into your favorite to-go cup and you will be able to take it with you as you travel and make the most of your breakfast. In this smoothie you will get only 157 calories but you will get 5 grams of protein and 1.5 grams of fiber; all of which promote good health and a lot of energy.
Not everyone is convinced that they like kale, but it is good. We have a great video here that will show off some of the most delicious ways you can use kale in a smoothie, but I’m also going to share my own personal favorite way to have this particular smoothie. What you’ll need is a half cup kale, a half cup spinach, a half cup frozen strawberries and a half cup of frozen mixed berries. You’ll also need a half cup almond milk, a splash of vanilla extract and a blender. Once everything is in the blender, mix it all together and then pour it into your cup. If you do choose to use fresh berries – which is always a good idea – you might need to add some ice to the mixture to thicken it up a bit. The frozen berries are certainly going to do a great job at making sure you are able to keep the mixture thick, but ice works in place.
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
For this amazing recipe, you’re going to need a few things, but it’s easy to make. Start by peeling one orange completely. You will also need 2 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate – the frozen kind from the freezer section of the supermarket – a half teaspoon of vanilla extract and you will want four large ice cubes. To start, you will pour all your ingredients into your blender and then go. Once it’s all combined and smooth, you’ll add the mixture to your cup and drink it up. You’ll get one serving here, so if you’re making breakfast for your spouse you will want to double the recipe. One serving contains 160 calories, 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.
Green Tea Smoothie
For this delicious green tea smoothie you can do whatever you want, which is follow the instructions in the video for her variation or take mine, which is slightly different. That’s the beauty of smoothies, however; you can make them however you want and it doesn’t really matter to anyone but you. What you need is 3 tablespoons of water, 1 bag of green tea, 2 teaspoons of honey, 1.5 cups frozen blueberries, a half a banana, and ¾ cup of light vanilla soy milk.
You’re going to add all your ingredients but your honey, water and tea to the blender and mix it up. You’re going to stick your water in the microwave until it is steaming hot and then you are going to place your tea bag in the hot water for approximately 3 minutes. Add your honey to your tea mix and then put it all in the blender. Mix it all together and then serve. This makes one serving with 269 calories, 3.5 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.
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