Heavy breakfasts are out when the temperature soars, and light morning meals are in. It’s hard to stomach anything hot, which is why smoothies become increasingly popular in the warmer months. They’ll cool you down and fill you up without filling you out. There are a number of ways you can master your fruit smoothies, and the ingredients are up to you. Add in a scoop of protein powder if you please, or stick with all the natural stuff. You can enjoy your smoothie at your kitchen table or on the go, and you’ll notice a spring in your step after you pump your body with fiber, vitamins, and minerals all before 9 a.m. Here are some healthy smoothies to get you started.
1. Simple Strawberry Smoothie
Most of the time, it’s best to keep it simple, and that’s exactly what this 3-ingredient strawberry smoothie from A Spicy Perspective is. All you need are strawberries, jam, and milk, and you can even use frozen strawberries if the berries aren’t yet in season. Throw your ingredients in a blender, give it a swirl, and you’ll have your breakfast ready in no time. The thick and creamy smoothie will trick you into thinking you’re having dessert for your morning meal.
- 3 cups frozen strawberries
- 1½ cups milk
- 1/3 cup strawberry jam
Directions: Place the frozen strawberries, strawberry jam, and milk in the blender. Place the lid over the top. Puree until smooth.
2. Spring Detox Smoothie
If you’re looking to give your body a spring cleaning, feed it this spring detox smoothie from Hello Glow. It’s green, filled with good-for-you ingredients, and it’s actually tasty, too. Don’t be fooled by the name, either. This beverage is just as good during the summer. The refreshing drink is made from green tea, kale, cucumber, pineapple, ginger, lemon, and avocado, and it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and natural sugars. The detoxifying veggies and fruit will help you start out this new season on the right foot.
- 1 cup green tea, chilled
- 1 cup loosely packed cilantro
- 1 cup loosely packed organic baby kale (or another baby green)
- 1 cup cucumber
- 1 cup pineapples
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- ½ avocado
Directions: Place ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
3. Sunshine Smoothie
Next up is a sunshine smoothie that will cheer you up if spring showers are getting you down. The recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction calls for bananas, oranges, mango, pineapples, and orange juice, and then it’s a quick trip to the blender before your breakfast is ready. The Sunshine Smoothie will give you hope that summer is still coming, and the sweet treat in the morning will start your day the right way.
- 1 frozen ripe banana, previously peeled & sliced
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 oranges, peeled and sliced1
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks2
- ½ cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks
Directions: Blend the frozen banana chunks and orange juice together until thick, creamy, and smooth — about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add the oranges, mango, and pineapple. Blend until combined.
4. Banana Blueberry Smoothie
Dare to drink something blue for breakfast? Your coworkers will be jealous when you walk into the office with this banana blueberry smoothie from Martha Stewart. It’s bright and blue and full of vitamins and minerals that will refresh and energize you throughout the day. Even better, the smoothie requires just 3 ingredients, and can be made in 5 minutes or less. The recipe serves 2.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
Directions: In a blender, combine banana, blueberries, and yogurt. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into two glasses; serve immediately.
5. Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Smoothie
If you want to make your smoothies even healthier and more sophisticated, try out this recipe from Oh She Glows for a hidden greens chocolate protein smoothie. You’ll learn how to trick your tastebuds into thinking you’re drinking a chocolate milkshake, when in reality, you’re really drinking a smoothie that will help you get in your servings of greens and protein for the day. Cocoa powder, bananas, and Medjool dates naturally sweeten the smoothie, and kale and hemp seed are hidden within the good stuff. The chocolate protein smoothie is also made thicker from the addition of avocado, and those extra healthy fats make this smoothie a morning powerhouse.
- 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup frozen organic kale
- 2 to 3 pitted large Medjool dates, to taste
- 2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 large frozen banana
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon avocado (for thickening)
- Ice, if desired
Directions: Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste, if desired.
6. Acai-Blueberry Smoothie
Acai is all the rage right now, and for good reason. The superfood is packed full of antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s tasty, too. Acai bowls are becoming increasingly popular, but they can cost you a pretty penny if you buy them out. Instead, make an acai smoothie at home and save yourself the time and energy of having to buy your breakfast. Follow this formula for an Acai-blueberry smoothie from Chowhound and you’ll be glad to learn you can easily make your favorite breakfast at home. Pick up packets of acai pulp at the grocery store and you’re good to go.
- 2 packets (7 ounces) raw, frozen unsweetened açaí pulp, thawed
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup mango juice
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
Directions: Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds.
7. Avocado and Green Apple Smoothie
Our last green smoothie of the day is this avocado and green apple smoothie from Blissful Basil. It’s the brightest breakfast you can possibly eat for your morning meal, and there’s no way you can have a bad day when you start your morning this way. The smoothie is full of healthy fats, fiber, potassium, and protein, so it’ll satiate you and keep you full until lunch. Whether you nurse your smoothie through the morning or slurp it all in one gulp, it’s guaranteed to leave you satisfied.
- 1 to 1½ frozen bananas
- Flesh from ½ an avocado
- 1 green apple, cored
- ½ cup baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- ½ cup sweetened almond or coconut milk
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.