Mornings can be mayhem – a blur of shoes, coats, split coffee and toothpaste stains, and that’s before the cat decided to be sick on the carpet just as you were leaving the house. Breakfast smoothies are a great option for when you are short of time and need something quick, yet nourishing. These 3 smoothie recipes pack in so many nutrients and taste delicious, much better than that bowl of cereal which will leave you crashing at 11am and reaching for the snack draw!
If you’re really short of time, make up the smoothie the day before and put it in the fridge ready to go. I always top my smoothies with chia seeds, but would do this in the morning as they absorb water and expand after time.
Green Banana Protein Smoothie
One of my absolute favourites for its simplicity – very few ingredients, but full of Vitamin A and C, healthy skin-loving nutrients and it has a delicious nutty flavour too.
1 date (pitted)
A large handful of spinach
1 scoop protein powder [Optional – I use Sunwarrior Classic]
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp Nut butter, almond or peanut (your choice!)
Throw everything in the blender until smooth, top with chia seeds.
Beauty Berry Elixir
I probably have this smoothie twice a week, at least. I love the zing of the ginger with the berries, and it is packed with antioxidants from the beetroot and berries, which are great for improving skin health. I feel like my skin is noticeably better when I make a conscious effort to include more antioxidants in my diet, and this smoothie has two portions. I add extra ginger for its anti-inflammatory benefits too. You don’t need too much beetroot to feel the benefits, so if you are new to the taste gradually increase the amount you add to the smoothie.
½ Frozen Banana
2 large handfuls of berries (mixed or blackberries)
1 bulb of beetroot, chopped (add less if you’re not keen on the tast)
1 tsp maca powder
Blend everything together and top with chia seeds, I also like to add some coconut and blueberries if I have any in the fridge.
Mango is full of Vitamin C – one mango has as much as 5 large oranges! Combined with ginger and a little bit of turmeric, this smoothie is a great Vitamin hit, as well as being great for gut health because of the high fibre content of mango and also the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger and turmeric.
½ a mango, chopped
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp honey
Blend everything together until smooth. You can add the turmeric gradually as too much can be overpowering, especially if you are not used to the taste. Top with chia seeds and enjoy.