Steph Barnes
August 30, 2017 10:16 am
aleenarfitness / hellogiggles.com

We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day (we’ve heard it enough times from our parents), but mornings are a major struggle, and we don’t always have the time to sit down for a meal when we’re trying to rush out the door. This conundrum is possibly why healthy breakfast smoothies were created. Because if you’re anything like us, you’re probably more focused on savoring those sweet final moments of sleep than taking time to prep a balanced breakfast before work or school.

However, it’s hard to deny the benefits of starting your day with a nutritious meal. All the studies show: Breakfast prepares you for the hustle and bustle of your day and is a step in the right direction for better overall physical and mental performance. Lucky for you, you can have your sleep, get your nutrients in smoothie form, and still make it out the door in time.

There are so many quick DIY healthy and delicious smoothie options, and we’ve collected some amazing recipes for you to kick start your day.

1Creamy Banana Smoothie

Got bananas? Then you’ve got breakfast. Bananas are packed with vitamins (like B16 and B12), protein, fiber, and potassium. So, toss a large banana in a blender with your favorite milk (we like almond), add a teaspoon of nutmeg, then sweeten with a little honey, and you’re out the door! If you have time, you can even grab a handful of granola to add a little crunch.

You can see the full recipe here.

2Strawberry Mojito Smoothie

This smoothie has four ingredients, most of which are probably already sitting in your refrigerator. Combine a cup of strawberries with your base of choice, add some lemon/lime juice and mint leaves, and that’s it. Strawberries are full of healthy immune-boosting nutrients. Plus, they’re also low in calories, high in vitamin C, and will definitely keep you full until lunch.

You can see the full recipe here.

3Orange Banana Smoothie

Milk, yogurt, banana, and oranges tossed together in a blender will give your day the citrusy kickstart you didn’t realize you needed. We already know bananas are great for breakfast and you’d probably have a glass of OJ in the morning anyway (that’s if you had the time), so why not combine the two?

You can see the full recipe here.

4Berry Apple Smoothie

Blueberries are high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. Quickly whip up this high-protein fruit smoothie, with oats and almonds, for a fiber-filled start to the day.

You can see the full recipe here.

5Mango Smoothie

Start your day with this tropical flavorful fruit! Sweet ripe mangos require little help in the smoothie department so, you won’t need too many other ingredients. Mango + base of choice + vanilla extract = healthy filling DIY breakfast smoothie and you making it to work or school on time.

You can see the full recipe here.

6Berry Gingery Oats Smoothie

Lose the bowl and spoon and forget the boring oatmeal. Instead, toss some oats, blueberries, yogurt, and ice in your trusty blender and give it a swirl. Add brown sugar and fresh ginger for an extra pop of flavor. Same nutritional benefits in a fraction of the time!

You can see the full recipe here.

7Green Breakfast Smoothie

Popeye definitely had the right idea with his spinach obsession. Spinach is extremely high in nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. It’s a great source of almost all your vitamins, and contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium, and potassium. Add a cup of coconut milk and a couple seedless grapes and say hello to your new breakfast smoothie obsession.

You can see the full recipe here.

8Coffee Banana Cacao Smoothie

If you’re really running late and can’t even grab a cup of coffee, this breakfast smoothie will be perfect for you. Banana + peanut butter + chocolate already sounds amazing but adding coffee to the mix will give you that caffeine boost you’ll need to get through your day.

You can see the full recipe here.

There you have it! Keep in mind that your smoothie may not look exactly like the photos above, but if you follow the recipes, they’ll taste amazing. And more importantly, they’ll help you get the nutrients you need on days you’re running late.

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