Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you're trying to eat healthier, it can also be the most challenging. With all the rich and savory choices, it can be hard to feel like you're giving up flavor in favor of low calorie options. The good news is that when it comes to nutritious breakfast ideas, healthy smoothie recipes are a great way to get the best of both worlds.
Smoothies are also an easy breakfast solution for those who are short on time — after all, nothing makes us want to reach for a carb heavy option quite like realizing we only have a few minutes to whip something up and get out the door. The sky is the limit when it comes to making a good smoothie, but there are a few options that will make your breakfast blend healthier if you're trying to lose weight, like swapping full fat dairy items for reduced or low fat varieties, opting for unsweetened additives, and loading up on protein rich or nutrient dense ingredients like chia seeds, spinach, and kale. And don't forget the fruits! Strawberries, pineapple, and banana all make a sweet (yet healthy) addition to most of these diet friendly smoothie recipes.
Cherry Almond Smoothie
Riced cauliflower make a surprising appearance in this flavorful breakfast smoothie that packs on the taste without packing on the pounds.
Get the Cherry Almond Smoothie recipe at Budget Bytes.
Three-Ingredient Avocado Smoothie
The best part about this recipe is that you likely already have everything you'll need at home. And, thanks to the limited number of ingredients you'll also be able to watch just how much sugar you're having at the start of your day.
Get the Three-Ingredient Avocado Smoothie recipe at Omnivore's Cookbook.
Cinnamon Coffee Smoothie
Cut your calories by combining your breakfast and morning coffee in one refreshing smoothie. This vegan option relies on almond butter and almond milk for the creamy texture while getting its flavor from a mix of bananas and spices.
Get the Cinnamon Coffee Smoothie recipe at Love and Lemons.
Banana Coconut Mango Smoothie
Feel like you're waking up on the beach with this healthy smoothie recipe. With just three ingredients this low fat option is sure to have you dreaming of sandy shores while getting a healthy start to your day.
Get the Banana Coconut Mango Smoothie recipe at Omnivore's Cookbook.
Pineapple Green Smoothie
We all know that adding a little green is a good way to get a nutritional boost and stay on track with our diets, but sometimes adding spinach to a drink can make it bitter. That's not a problem with this recipe, which uses pineapple to smooth out the taste (and to make you reach for seconds).
Get the Pineapple Green Smoothie recipe at Flour On My Face.
Sweet Cherry Kefir Smoothie
Kefir is loaded with the probiotics that keep your digestive system humming, making it a great option for those looking to lose weight. With just four ingredients this cherry flavored recipe will become your go-to summer breakfast pick.
Get the Sweet Cherry Kefir Smoothie recipe at Flour On My Face.
The thing that sets this green smoothie apart from the rest of the ones on this list is the surprise addition of frozen oranges (hello, extra vitamin C). Mix it up and swap your oranges for clementines or mandarins to add a bit of variety to your morning.
Get the Green Smoothie recipe at Love and Lemons.
Kefir Blueberry Elderberry Smoothie
Boost your immune system while enjoying this breakfast smoothie. Not only is it a low-fat way to kick off your day but it's also good for when you're not quite feeling your best. With just four ingredients, you won't mind whipping up a batch when you're feeling under the weather.
Get the Kefir Blueberry Elderberry Smoothie recipe at TIDBITS.
Crio Bru Smoothie
A cold twist on the hot beverage favorite — which are roasted cacao beans — the Crio bru smoothie offers a surprising way to hit your daily veggie intake. This recipe surprisingly calls for cauliflower and, trust us, you'll need to taste it to believe just how little you can tell!
Get the Crio Bru Smoothie recipe at TIDBITS.
Creamy Avocado Smoothie
There's a reason why avocados are a fan favorite when it comes to adding healthy fats to your meals (spoiler alert: it's the texture). This dairy free smoothie option is a perfect way to get the consistency of a traditional smoothie without having to worry about any unwanted sugars normally found in milk products.
Get the Creamy Avocado Smoothie recipe at Love and Lemons.
Green Monster Smoothie
Get your daily dose of veggies in a healthy breakfast smoothie with this monster of a drink. Vanilla yogurt, banana, and strawberry provide a naturally sweetness to this recipe that calls for baby spinach leaves (trust us, you won't even know they're in there) for a touch of green.
Get the Green Monster Smoothie recipe at Flour On My Face.
Vanilla Almond Protein Smoothie
This five ingredient smoothie will taste more like a treat than a weight conscious breakfast option. Proteins — like vanilla protein powder and nut butters — help offset the carbs, keeping this sweet mix healthier than some of its non-nutritious counterparts. Mix together and add ice for the perfect breakfast blend.
Get the Vanilla Almond Protein Smoothie recipe at Dishing Out Health.
Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie
Turn a delicious after dinner treat into a nutritious way to start off your day with this spiced carrot cake smoothie. Packed with carrots, protein powder, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, enjoy a guilt-free way to have dessert for breakfast.
Get the Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie recipe at Dishing Out Health.
This energizing recipe promises to give you all of the benefits of kale without any of the taste. Banana, peaches, and a secret ingredient (shhhh, it's ginger) make this a tasty way to keep your weight loss journey on course.
Get the Kale Smoothie recipe at Love and Lemons.
Chocolate Avocado Protein Smoothie
Give your sweet tooth a fix while keeping your weight loss goals in sight with this protein packed smoothie. A mix of unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, and Stevia help flavor this healthy smoothie option.
Get the Chocolate Avocado Protein Smoothie recipe at Dishing Out Health.
Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Sneak carrots and cucumbers into this sweet smoothie bowl for an extra boost of nutrients and a breakfast the whole family will enjoy.
Get the Strawberry Smoothie Bowl recipe.
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Lauren Wellbank is a freelance writer based in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Living, and more. She has three small children, a husband, and an over eager dog at home. When she's not writing she likes to work in her garden with her family.
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