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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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 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.
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. 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
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 recipe.
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.
8. 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.
10. Chia Seeds
Try Them In This: Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Smoothie
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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.
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