Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipes
The Best Breakfast Smoothies
I love smoothies, especially as a delicious morning drink to boost my energy, so I am particularly fond of Breakfast Smoothie Recipes! Here you will find out how to make breakfast smoothies, ideas for blends, breakfast smoothie recipes, links and equipment, and lots more!
I started out buying bottles of Innocent Breakfast Smoothies and Innocent Superfruit Smoothies, but because it can get quite costly I decided to take a look at making my own as well.
It's really easy to make your own smoothies - all you need is a couple of kitchen gadgets which, if you like to cook, you may well have already. Smoothie and juice making is a great way to use up any leftover fruit that isn't going to get used up before it goes overripe - so perfect for maintaining a green kitchen!
Breakfast Smoothies are also perfect for those who don't always have the appetite for breakfast in the mornings. It is a very important meal because our bodies need to refuel, but if you find you can't stomach food so early, then a smoothie is perfect. Plus you can hit 2 of your 5 a day before the day has even started!
Read on for lots of ideas on how to make the best breakfast smoothies to begin your day!
Strawberry and Banana Breakfast Smoothie - The Ultimate Classic Smoothie to Drag you out of Bed!
The first smoothie I ever experienced was in London years ago - it was an Innocent one (more on Innocent further down the page!) - and it was strawberry and banana heaven!
I have to confess, I do love the Innocent blend in particular, so I was delighted to find that they produced the recipe for this exact smoothie in their recipe book!
All you need are 2 and a half apples, 7 strawberries, half a banana and half an orange.
Cut the apple into wedges and juice them in a juicer. Squeeze the orange half into a blender along with the apple juice. Add the banana and strawberries and blend to desired consistency! This makes one large portion.
There are lots of other variations on this basic but classic smoothie - some prefer pineapple juice instead of orange, some use yoghurt, some use soy milk... such as the video below, which uses frozen strawberries and soy milk.
Great for getting you going in the morning as strawberries provide energy, and bananas provide slow release energy!
How to Make a Banana and Strawberry Smoothie - with Frozen Fruit and Soy Milk
My Favourite Smoothie Book - Innocent Smoothie Recipe Book
I love Innocent smoothies, so I just had to get their recipe book. Contains oodles of scrumptious recipes, plus a healthy dose of their usual wonderful humour. Breakfast smoothies can be found within, including smoothies to wake you up and the best smoothie for a liquid breakfast.
Not only are there tons of gorgeous smoothie recipes, but there are lots of helpful pages too, including those on equipment, how to deal with different fruits and veg, fresh vs frozen, stuff about Innocent, and totally random and amusing rambles that are pure trademark Innocent (if you've read the funny messages on their bottles you'll know what I mean!)
Contains classic smoothies and thickies, yummy juices, smoothies for kids and even recommended recipes from the likes of Jamie Oliver. I love it. Best smoothie book ever. You simply have to have a copy!!
Ideas for Breakfast Smoothie Blends
Best Healthy Fruit and Veg to Start the Day
You can have lots of fun combining different fruits and vegetables to make great smoothies. But which ones are best for breakfast?
Apples - because they are good for you and they mix with pretty much anything else
Strawberries - because they are great for energy
Mangoes - great for waking you up and packed with beta-carotene too
Lemons - a brilliant detox fruit. as morning drinkers of hot water and lemon will already know!
Kiwis - perfect for a boost of vitamin C that will get your immune system working nicely
Bananas - great for slow release energy, these also thicken and sweeten a smoothie. And did you know they contain all 8 of the amino acids that our bodies can't produce themselves?
Oranges - another great wake-up fruit full of citrus burst!
Equipment Needed for Breakfast Smoothie Recipes - What you need to Whizz up a Smoothie
There are three main gadgets you need to make a good smoothie - a juicer, a blender and a citrus squeezer. You don't have to spend a fortune, but obviously it pays in the long run to get a better piece of equipment that will first of all work well, and second of all last a long time. Here are some recommendations:
Superfruit Breakfast Smoothie - Packed with Antioxidants!
The Innocent Superfruit Smoothie is one of my favourites. According to the bottle, it contains:
19 Pressed Grapes, Â½ a Mashed Banana, Â¼ of a Crushed Pomegranate, Â½ a Freshly Squeezed Orange, 43 Squashed Blueberries, 35 Peeled Acai Berries, and a Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice.
Here is a slightly more basic pomegranate and blueberry version you can make at home:
Cut up one apple and juice. Add to the blender. Squeeze an orange and put the juice in the blender. Quarter a pomegranate, pull back the skin and remove the seeds. Juice this too and also add to the blender. Add a punnet of blueberries and half a banana, whizz, and Bob's your uncle.
Superfruits are so called because they contain lots of antioxidants, which are good for you inside and out. Blueberries in particular are thought to be the richest source of antioxidants there is.
How to Make any Breakfast Smoothie - What to Juice and What to Blend
Different fruits and veg need preparing differently when making a smoothie. Some need blending and some need juicing. Basically, it is usually fruit that needs blending and vegetables (and harder fruit like apples) that need juicing, but here's a quick guide!
The following need BLENDING:
- Melons (they can also be juiced, but are better blended when ripe)
- Passion Fruits
- Pineapples (can also be juiced)
While the following citrus fruits need SQUEEZING
And these need JUICING!
- Melons (but are better blended if ripe)
- Pineapples (can also be blended)
Oat and Yoghurt Breakfast Smoothie
Breakfast in a Glass that will keep you fuller for longer!
Oats and yoghurt - two great breakfast staples, Oats keep you feeling full, and yoghurt is excellent for your gut.
There are lots of ways to get these in your breakfast smoothie but a favourite of mine is with bananas - try this awesome Banana Oat Smoothie recipe from Martha Stewart!
Smoothies VS Juices
Do you prefer a nice thick smoothie in the morning (or any other time of day!) or are you more of a straight healthy juice type person?
We're Innocent and we make smoothies.
We started making smoothies in 1999. after we realised that we were eating a few too many dougnuts.
The Innocent Philosophy - Why I Love Innocent Smoothies
I've mentioned Innocent a few times, and I think it only fair, because they introduced me to the world of smoothness, after all. And in addition to their wonderful recipe book and delicious bottles of smoothie, I adore their sense of humour, and their dedication to providing eco-friendly, completely natural products. There is nothing in an Innocent smoothie, other than proper smoothie ingredients, i.e. fruit, veg, honey, yoghurt and the like.
Innocent also give 10% of their profits from their recipe book to The Innocent Foundation, a grant giving organisation that works with NGOs to deliver their vision of building sustainable futures for the world's poorest people. Click the link to find out more.
You can also find out more about Innocent and their products by visiting the Innocent Website.
More Great Breakfast Smoothie Recipes
- SmoothieWeb Breakfast Smoothie Recipes
From breakfast replacements and fruit to crunchy granola!
- Berry Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Delicious and healthy start to the day courtesy of BBC Good Food
- Annabel Karmel Breakfast Smoothies for Kids
I am a huge devotee of Annabel Karmel having followed her amazing weaning books with my baby daughter - she eats absolutely everything I give her - and these smoothies for kids look absolutely delicious. I will definitely be trying them when baby is
- Banana Honey and Ginger Breakfast Smoothie
This comes courtesy of Runners World, making it the perfect smoothie for pre-exercise mornings!
- Berry Breakfast Crumble Smoothie
With berries, yoghurt, porridge oats and honey. Yum!
- Green Breakfast Smoothies
The Raw Food Health Watch website gives advice and recipes on how to "green" your smoothies, i.e. add green vegetables to your blends to create the ultimate in healthy breakfast smoothies.
Which ingredient most tickles your fancy in the morning?
What's your favourite Breakfast Smoothie fruit?
More Great Smoothie Recipe Books - Breakfast Smoothies and More!
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