One-Minute, Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

Food for Grownups, Health and Fitness
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Don’t get me wrong. Would I rather be having a buttery croissant or a bagel for breakfast? Probably. But when I’m on the road as much as I am with book tours or am on deadline for an upcoming book, I need a reset, a detox, and a chance to start each day with a healthy foundation. And that comes in the form of a smoothie. 

Why Smoothies Are So Great

There are a few reasons why I need smoothies in my life. For starters, they are healthy and I can jam pack lots of nutrients and protein into them.

They’re also fast. I timed it and I can make one in less than a minute. I can take a minute out of my day to be healthy. To really turn my kitchen into a well-oiled smoothie machine, I freeze pre-portioned smoothie “starters” every couple weeks so I have all the ingredients on hand. All I have to do after throwing it in the blender is add milk and greek yogurt, which I almost always have on hand.

Freezing the ingredients ahead of time also helps ensure that I am not wasting produce. How frustrating is it when you buy healthy, yummy stuff at the store only to find it wilted or past due the next time you’re ready for a smoothie? That’s why freezing it is so great. Not to mention, the frosty character that the frozen fruit adds to the smoothie makes it more like a milkshake, less like a sad health concoction. And who doesn’t love milkshakes for breakfast?

Smoothies are also perfect for when I am out running errands or post-workout training for my upcoming triathlon.

Make it Your Own

The best thing about smoothies is that it’s your very own creation. There is no right or wrong here. (Okay, asparagus might be a wrong. So would cheese.)

The base of most of my smoothie concoctions is low fat greek yogurt, for its high protein content, a frozen banana, unsweetened almond milk (but you can really use whatever milk you want), and a handful of greens.

But you can add all sorts of things to optimize them for what you need.

Want more protein to keep you full longer? Add protein powder like this one.

Need it a little sweeter? Add honey.

Want to add healthy fats like my dietitian friend recommended in our recent post about nutrition over 50? Add flax oil, chia seeds, or avocado slices!

Other fun things my fiends love is adding cayenne (yes, cayenne!), maca powder, vanilla extract, pomegranate juice, goji berries, coconut oil, spirulina, and different nut butters!

Just make sure you have a good blender to whip everything up into creamy, frothy, frosty perfection. I use a KitchenAid I’ve had for years that does the trick.

Banana Berry Blast

Ingredients

Handful of greens (kale, spinach)
1/4 cup berries of your choice (I used strawberries and blueberries)
1/2 of a frozen banana
1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or more to thin

Instructions

Whirl it all up in a blender. Top with Kashi, granola or chopped fruit if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Orange Turmeric Immune Booster

Ingredients

1 orange, peeled
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/4 tsp. turmeric (this magic ingredient is known for its immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial powers! And it’s a vibrant yellow!)
Handful of greens (kale, spinach)
1/2 of a frozen banana
1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or more to thin

Instructions

Whirl it all up in a blender. Top with Kashi, granola or chopped fruit if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Pineapple Ginger Lemon Detox

Ingredients

1 tsp. grated ginger
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
juice from 1/2 a lemon
Handful of greens (kale, spinach)
1/2 of a frozen banana
1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or more to thin

Instructions

Whirl it all up in a blender. Top with Kashi, granola or chopped fruit if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Plan Ahead with Smoothie Starters

Smoothie starters save me so much time and prevent me from wasting produce. It’s a win-win for sure!

To do it, just follow these simple instructions:

  1. With a sharpie, write what flavors you are making on plastic bags.
  2. Set them all up in a casserole dish so they won’t tip over.
  3. Fill them with delightful smoothie ingredients.
  4. Seal and freeze. They can be frozen 3 to 6 months.
  5. When ready to use, throw contents in your blender, add greek yogurt and milk to thin.
  6. Enjoy!
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