We all know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but most of us are lucky if we have enough time to make toast in the morning. Here are 10 ingredients you can drop into healthy smoothies to give your body an almost effortless boost at breakfast time.
1. FLAX SEEDS
High in omega-3 fatty acids, they’re great for heart health. They are also easily ground—adding a teaspoon to, say, Taste Love & Nourish’s Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie won’t affect flavor or texture.
2. GREEK YOGURT
Not only filled with good bacteria for your gut but also chock-full of protein, so it’ll help keep you satisfied all morning long. Try it in The Road to Less Cake’s Cherry Bakewell Protein Smoothie.
Adding a punch of antioxidants and vitamin C from fresh berries to your breakfast smoothie is sure to give your immune system a boost. Start your day right with Kenko Kitchen’s Metabolism Boosting Berry Smoothie.
The flavor of a banana can mask the non-breakfast-y flavor of grassy or vegetal smoothie additives like spinach and avocado, and banana carbs can yield a filling liquid meal. Check it out in Simple Healthy Kitchen’s “Stress Buster” Orange Smoothie.
Sweeten naturally with honey instead of refined sugar—it’s better for you and you won’t feel that sugar crash halfway through the morning. Peanut Butter & Peppers’ Raspberry Orange Smoothie is a great four-ingredient breakfast that highlights this natural sweetener.
Adding a thumbnail-size piece of fresh ginger is the perfect immune booster when you feel a cold coming on. Try it in My New Roots’ Tropical Groove Smoothies.
Full of healthy, heart-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, avocado blends perfectly into the Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie from Food Faith Fitness.
8. LEAFY GREENS
Try adding a handful of spinach or kale to a smoothie for a boost of iron. Fresh fruit can mask the flavor, and you’ll reap the benefits of vegetables without having to face a plateful. The Green Drink from The First Mess is a good place to start.
There’s a reason the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has stuck around for so long. Apples have been linked to prevention against numerous diseases. Try one in Pinch of Yum’s Holiday Detox Green Apple Smoothie.
10. CHIA SEEDS
They’re for more than making a childhood pet grow! Chia seeds are packed with fiber and protein so they help you feel full. Load up in Wallflower Girl’s Cranberry Spice Smoothie.
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Photo credits (top to bottom): Taste Love & Nourish; The Road to Less Cake; Kenko Kitchen; Simple Healthy Kitchen; Peanut Butter & Peppers; My New Roots; Food Faith Fitness; The First Mess; Pinch of Yum; Wallflower Girl
Shelly Westerhausen is the founder of Vegetarian Ventures, a food blog that focuses on planet-based recipes and healthy eating habits. In her free time, you can find her rocking a wolf T-shirt, sipping on hibiscus tea, and working on her magazine, Driftless.