5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

by - 11:31 AM

Those who follow me on instagram know that I LOVE my morning smoothies. As a vegetarian (or let's say selective pescatarian), I need to make sure I get ample protein every day.

Banana, pineapple, coconut almond milk and hemp seed smoothie
Banana, pineapple, coconut almond milk and hemp seeds
Banana coffee smoothie

But I'll tell you what - even if I was eating meat, I'd still make these in the morning to make sure I was getting my AM protein. Protein and fiber are the most important components to start your day - see my post on my fave high protein breakfast foods here.

There are three key components to a successful, easy smoothie - a base, a liquid, and ice/frozen ingredients.

The Base

My favorite base to use is a banana. It goes just as well with fruit as it does spinach, so I always have fresh on hand or frozen saved in my freezer. Yes I know they are high in fructose, but they are also high in potassium, and I can tell a difference in my body during and after a workout if my potassium levels are low.

5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

Another good base to use if you are avoiding sugar is an avocado. These are especially good for green smoothies and a great source of potassium and fiber.

The Liquid

My go to blending liquid (used in all of these) is almond milk. I'm partial to Califia Farm's Coconut Almond milk. Partial as in I brought two containers with me up to Michigan the other weekend.

Califia Farms Coconut Almond Milk

I like this brand because it tastes AMAZING and has 0 grams of sugar. Many flavored nut milks have added sugar and this tastes sweet with no added junk. Water is another good liquid if the blender is getting stuck.

Ice/Frozen Ingredients

After adding a base and a liquid, then blending, then adding supplements, then blending again, THEN add the ice last. The ice needs liquid to pull it into the blades so this sequence seems to work quite well.

5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day
My favorite smoothie additions
Another option if you are a busy business man or woman and are like, I don't have that kind of time in the morning - you do. Put what you want to make for the week in a freezer bag (or single serving freezer bags, it will take you 5 minutes) - then grab one in the morning, chuck it in your blender or nutribullet, add some liquid, hit blend and brush your teeth. It will be done before you are finished.

The key - frozen stuff = needs liquid to blend.

5 Easy Morning Smoothies

5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

5 Easy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

Listed from top to bottom:

  • PB&J Smoothie: Banana, blueberry, peanut butter (or almond), chia seeds, almond milk
  • Banana Coffee Breakfast Smoothie: Banana, coffee whey, flaxseed, almond milk
  • Bali Girl Smoothie: Banana, pineapple, vanilla whey, flaxseed or hempseed, almond milk
  • Post Yoga Green Smoothie: Banana, apple, kale, ginger, water (topped with chia)
  • Summer Dream Smoothie: Top - banana, pineapple, hemp, milk; Bottom - strawberry, almond milk, topped with chia and shredded coconut*

*(this one was more involved and although it looks pretty, it was kind of annoying and tasted better when I mixed it up in the jar after I took the picture. Blend at your own risk).

Coconut almond milk used: Califia Farms
Whey brand used: tera'swhey
Flaxseed used: 365 Brand

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  1. If you have just started taking Green drink just make sure to mix it with good, natural juice of tropical fruits (apple, mango, bananas and pineapple work great for me) in a smoothie. Try to avoid berries and citrus fruit.

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