Favourites| My Current Go-To Smoothies

Breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day. Fresh fruit, eggs, avocado on toast. Mmmm, what’s not to love?! But if you’re anything like me during the week, it’s hard to find time to get a good nutritional breakfast in before racing out the door for work. Often times it’s easier to resort to a take out coffee and muffin. Convenient, but definitely not the best for maintaining a balanced diet.

I’ve come to find that smoothies are a quick and easy way to fuel myself for the morning. I can drink one as I’m getting ready or take it to go and enjoy it on my commute to work. The best part is that I can ensure I’m getting the fruits and vegetables I need to stay on target with my healthy eating! I recently invested in a NutriBullet and it’s honestly the best thing ever! It gives me the perfect single serving every time and blends frozen fruit and ice like a dream. I have no idea how I’ve been making anything without it! Since I’ve been loving on smoothes so much these past few weeks, I thought I would share a few of my favourite recipes.

bananabreakfastBanana Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach (or kale)
  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • add 1/4 cup of water if too thick

This is definitely one of my favourite and most loved breakfast alternatives. It has just the right amount of carbs, veggies and natural sugars to fuel my morning. The addition of greek yogurt gives this smoothie a deliciously creamy texture, which I love! I will warn against being heavy handed with the amount of oats used in this recipe though. I find that anymore that the recommended 1/4 cup will suck up the almond milk and make the consistency too thick. If this happens, add a tiny bit of water to help thin it out. Water is thinner in consistency than milk and will not change the taste too drastically.

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Mango Tango Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 frozen strawberry
  • 1/4 Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • add 1/4 cup water if too thick

Oh my goodness, this one is so yummy! This is another one of my favourites for breakfast. The mango and strawberry blended together are the perfect pick-me up for an early morning. This smoothie is a little sweeter than the Banana Breakfast Smoothie, but still very light in taste. I actually find that the natural sweetness is great for curbing a sweet tooth. So instead of a 2pm loaf or cookie during the work day, I can reach for this with little to no guilt. Depending on how thick I want my smoothie that day, I sometimes add in a bit of water as well. I find the frozen fruit mixed with greek yogurt can produce a thick smoothie. Water will definitely help to correct this. If you feel like kicking the nutritional factor up a notch, you can also add a cup of spinach or kale!

 

icedcoffeeIced Coffee Smoothie

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Coffee addict? Don’t worry, me too. This healthy alternative to regular sugar and creamer is my new obsession. This iced coffee smoothie contains only four ingredients that can likely be found around your place. It’s so easy to make! I typically use a Starbucks Pike Place or Van Houtte pod in my Keurig for the coffee in this smoothie. I also prefer to use vanilla flavoured almond milk to help counter the bitter flavour of the dark roast coffee I use. If you’re using a light or blonde coffee blend, regular or unsweetened almond milk should work just fine. Adding a banana to this smoothing provides a natural sweetener and gives it an overall creamy texture

dark chocoDark Chocolate and Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

I had to include this one because who doesn’t love dessert for breakfast?! The dark chocolate flavour is super yummy! While I don’t typically have this one in the morning, I figured there may be some peeps that may. Since this recipe uses a darker, premium cocoa, the sweetness of the smoothie isn’t too powerful or overwhelming. If you’re like me and don’t fancy the idea of chocolate in the morning, you can have this as a mid-day snack or as a dessert after dinner. As an added nutritional bonus, you can sneak in a cup or so of spinach or kale and not even notice!

What are some of the best smoothies you’ve tried? Do you have any healthy hacks to dupe restaurant or take-out smoothies or shakes? Let me know down in the comment section below! I’m always looking for new recipes!

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