3 Filling & Delicious Breakfast Smoothies

Generally speaking, people tend to prefer warm breakfasts in the winter. A soothing bowl of oatmeal, french toast, pancakes... I know I do, but all of those things require at the very least 15 minutes to prepare, eat, and then clean up...

Breakfast SmoothiesDefinitely doable on the weekends, but on days when I am working and rushing to get my little one to daycare, I don't think so.

I know I am not alone. Most of the people that I know here in Holland are extremely busy. Monday through Friday is filled with work, traffic jams, and familial obligations, while the weekends are jam packed with social activities planned months in advance. If you want to eat fresh and healthy, some serious planning needs to happen. 

That is the beauty of the breakfast smoothie. As long as you keep the basic ingredients stocked, it is always possible to whip up a super healthy breakfast in a couple of minutes. And while sandwiches, a staple here in Holland, are certainly quick to prepare and eat, they just aren't that nutritious. Not only that, but bread is loaded with gluten. In fact, many commercial loafs contain wheat + added gluten. And while gluten may not make everyone sick, it does create an inflammatory response in the gut, which causes the body to waste both nutrients and energy. Better to make that smoothie and take it on the road with you when in a rush. 

The trouble is, oftentimes, breakfast smoothies & juices just don't keep you full until lunch, which results in either mid-morning snacking or a binge session come noon. Both of these outcomes generally result in a winning combo of excess calories and moodiness. Not what we want. 

Now let me tell you why my smoothies are different. Rather than being high in sugar and low in all of the nutrients that actually promote satiety and even energy levels (fiber, healthy fat, and protein) they are well balanced. So what you end up with is a nutrient rich, satiating, delicious, and quick to throw together breakfast for those mornings that you just don't have time to turn on the oven or stove top. 

Strawberry Beet Detox Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup beets, chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 10 medium strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup dry old fashioned oats
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 8 ounces (236ml) of coconut water
  1. Soak the oats and chia seeds in the coconut water overnight. Leave in the fridge.  
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in an electric blender.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth (about 2 minutes). If the shake is too thick, add more water until you reach a thick but drinkable consistency. Serve chilled.

 

Green Machine Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain full fat yogurt
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 apple or pear
  • 1 small celery stalk
  • 1 cup greens (ie. kale or spinach)
  • 1/2 inch piece peeled ginger
  • 4 ice cubes
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in an electric blender.
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth (about 2 minutes). If the shake is too thick, add more water until you reach a thick but drinkable consistency. Serve chilled.

 

Blueberry Banana Almond Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoons chia seeds 
  • 2 walnuts
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in an electric blender.
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth (about 2 minutes). If the shake is too thick, add more water until you reach a thick but drinkable consistency. Serve chilled.