We all know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables, and also eating a healthy breakfast every day—but most of us are lucky if we have enough time to make toast in the morning. Luckily, smoothies are pretty easy. Here are 10 healthy ingredients you can add to your smoothies to give your body an almost effortless boost at breakfast time.
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There are a lot of smoothie add-ins on the market, from psyllium husk and collagen to flavored protein powders and green superfood blends. But we’re focusing on things you can find in your average grocery store aisle. Here are a dozen healthy smoothie ingredients to start incorporating into your morning routine, whether you opt for smoothie bowls or to-go glasses.
1. Flax Seeds
Try them in this: Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie
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 recipe won’t affect flavor or texture.
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2. Greek Yogurt
Try it in this: Cherry Bakewell Protein Smoothie
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 recipe.
Try it in this: Mango Almond Butter Smoothie
Protein-packed almond butter has the added benefit of making your smoothie thick and creamy. You can blend it into almost any mixture, but you might not think to pair it with tropical mango. Bonus: You can make homemade almond butter with your blender too. Get the Mango Almond Butter Smoothie recipe.
Try them in this: Metabolism Boosting Berry 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 recipe. Use any blend of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
Try them in this: “Stress Buster” Orange 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. Plus, potassium (which is an important mineral and electrolyte)! Check it out in Simple Healthy Kitchen’s “Stress Buster” Orange Smoothie recipe.
Try it in this: Raspberry 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 recipe is a great four-ingredient breakfast that highlights this natural sweetener.
Try it in these: Tropical Groove Smoothies
Try it in this: Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie
Full of healthy, heart-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, avocado blends perfectly into the Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie recipe from Food Faith Fitness.
9. Leafy Greens
Try them in this: The Green Drink
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 recipe from The First Mess is a good place to start.
Try it in this: Holiday Detox Green Apple Smoothie
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 recipe.
11. Chia Seeds
Try them in this: Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Smoothie
Try them in this: Oatmeal Smoothie
Oat milk is a common smoothie ingredient, but oats themselves are another great addition; they add thick, creamy texture and a bonus boost of fiber that helps keep you full until lunch time. Mixed with cinnamon and natural sweetener, they also tastes a little like a cookie! Get the Oatmeal Smoothie recipe.
The original version of this story was by Shelly Westerhausen in 2015; it has been updated with additional links, images, and text.
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