5 Super Ways To Jazz Up Your Breakfast Smoothie

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The problem with breakfast boredom (or any other meal, for that matter!) is that sooner or later you start skipping that meal entirely, or perhaps opting for a quick-fix alternative, that is seriously lacking in the nutrition department.

We know that a healthy breakfast is important for a whole host of reasons. But, if you decide to start your day off poorly, it’s much more likely that the rest of your day’s meals will follow suit.

So, if you’re stuck in a breakfast rut, it’s time to get back on track.

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Here’s 5 ways to jazz up your breakfast smoothie, and keep your taste buds happy:

1. Add spinach

Adding some spinach leaves to your shake is a good way to boost iron intake, and get a portion of vegetables in before you leave the house.

Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables, being high in nutrients and low in calories, and it’s actually pretty easy to add to a variety of meals.

You might find it hard to believe that spinach actually tastes good in a smoothie, but it really does. Go for baby spinach leaves, and add a big handful… I promise, it’s pretty good!

My favorite smoothie includes baby spinach leaves, a frozen banana, a splash of milk, and some frozen berries.

2. Toss in some oats

Raw oats are something I hadn’t really considered adding to my smoothie until recently. But, they’re a great way to increase the fibre content of your shake, and help you to feel fuller for longer.

If you’re very active in the mornings, oats are a good way to keep your energy levels up.

Add around a quarter of a cup to any of your favorite smoothie recipes.

3. Blend up some avocado

No, avocado isn’t just for tossing into salads, or making into a dip. It really is delicious in a smoothie, making it creamy and rich.

Smoothies are sometimes very carb-rich, so adding something like an avocado will not only make a more nutritionally balanced meal, but the healthy monounsaturated fats are also sustaining.

Try blending together a peeled and pitted avocado, some 100% whole orange juice, and some frozen raspberries.

4. Add a spoonful of nut butter

Another good way to boost the healthy fat content (and nutritional balance) of your shake is to add some peanut or almond nut butter.

Nut butters taste best added to smoothies, which have a banana or a chocolate base.

5. Toss in some coffee

Need an early morning energy boost? Try a mocha smoothie!

Add a dash of vanilla essence, some milk, a frozen banana, a little coffee, and a small amount of cocoa powder  — then enjoy!

So, what are your tips for jazzing up your morning breakfast smoothie?

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  1. Stan

    A few of my secrets for an incredibly healthy smoothie:

    For greens, I keep a mix of cilantro, parsley and basil in the freezer, and add 1/3 cup of this to any smoothie. Cilantro and parsley, especially, are terrific toxin binders (for eliminating heavy metals and such from your tissues). Or use chlorella and/or spirulina to make any smoothie a green smoothie. One teaspoon of either of these whole-food powders equals about 3 servings of spinach.

    Coconut oil adds a rich smooth texture and healthy fats.

    I add a teaspoon of a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and turmeric (with just a pinch of black pepper for better absorption) to boost the antioxidant content.
    .-= Stan´s last blog ..Oct 3- Healthy Smoothie Recipes Start with the Right Ingredients =-.

    1. Melanie

      Hey Stan,
      I have never added parsley, basil etc to my smoothie, do you add this a fruit-based smoothie, or what other ingredients are you adding?

  2. Stan

    I came up with my recipe as I was searching for an easy way to get more dark green leafy vegetables into my diet without actually having to eat (and taste) them! Green smoothies are the best answer I’ve found. I can make a green smoothie that has the antioxidant capacity of 6 to 9 servings (or more) of fresh vegetables, and yet still tastes great!

    Using fresh greens in a smoothie is a great idea – the darker, the better. I discovered that green herbs like cilantro, parsley and basil are even more nutrient-dense than things like kale, so you can use a lot less. And you can keep them frozen indefinitely.

    My base green smoothie is made with water, almonds, coconut oil and third-cup of frozen herbs. A very ripe, frozen banana adds the right amount of sweetness and takes the edge off of the green taste.

    Not being satisfied, I added more green phytonutrients with a heaping teaspoon of chlorella and spirulina. I also added a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and turmeric to the smoothie, not so much for taste, but for their incredible antioxidant content. Finally, I add 2 raw eggs or hemp protein powder. If you use a vanilla-flavored protein powder, it tastes even better.

    One of the basic premises behind my recipe is that it’s best to get as wide a variety of antioxidants as you can, hence the many different ingredients.
    .-= Stan´s last blog ..Oct 4- Grape seed- krill oil- milk thistle astaxanthin also =-.

    1. Melanie

      I like your ideas, Stan. It’s a good way to get more green veg into your diet, as people seem to find these most difficult.

      I would definitely give this a go to taste for myself. Seems like a lot going on there, but I’ll take your word that it really is good 🙂 Personally I would skip the raw egg, though.

    1. Melanie

      I really love it in a smoothie, but I definitely like the frozen banana and the spinach together, Paramjit, makes it so much creamier.

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