What to Include in Your Breakfast Smoothie

A smoothie might be a go-to option for those short of time or often on the go in the morning. However, don’t count smoothies out even if you have time on your hands. A smoothie can be a quick and easy way to get a balanced breakfast that tastes great. It’s just about getting the right ingredients to give you everything you need without having lots of sugar, like lots of smoothies have. To celebrate National Smoothie Day on June 21st, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to perfect your smoothie.

How to Make a Great Smoothie

The key to making a healthy, balanced smoothie is getting the right ingredients. First, you want to make sure you have some protein, carbohydrates and fat in each one. This can be easier than you think. For example, your carbs can come from fruits and vegetables or oats; fats can come from nuts, seeds or oil, and protein can be easily added with protein powder or unsweetened Greek yoghurt. Having a mix of these ingredients should leave you with a balanced smoothie. We’d recommend combining both fruits and vegetables in your smoothie to provide a better balance.


Do I Have Anything Else with my Breakfast Smoothie?

Nope, if you have a balanced smoothie, you don’t need to worry about having anything else. You should have everything you need for a nutritious breakfast.

Will they Help me Lose Weight?

A smoothie won’t be your answer to weight loss. While you could have smoothies for breakfast and lose weight, you can also have them for breakfast and maintain or gain weight. To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you’re burning, smoothie or no smoothie.

Are Smoothies Healthy?

They can be. It depends on what you put in them. Striking a balance is critical. Make sure you have your protein, carbs and fats in it, and you should get a good amount of vitamins and minerals. It’ll probably be healthier than many other breakfast options out there.

We’ve put together a few recipes to get you started if you’re still unsure where to start.

The Chocolatey One

1 banana

1 tbsp peanut butter

A scoop of chocolate protein powder

1 teaspoon cacao powder

Top up with milk or plant-based milk

The Green One

2 handfuls of spinach

8 tablespoons yogurt

1 kiwi

1 avocado

Top up with milk or plant-based milk

The Orange One

1 orange

A handful butternut squash

1 carrot

2 tablespoons cashew nuts

1 egg white

150ml orange juice or mango and passion fruit juice

Top up with water