How to Make the Perfect Breakfast Smoothie

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By Amber Wright, Co-Editor-In-Chief

During the past few weeks, I have been making smoothies for breakfast on most days. It is the perfect breakfast for people that generally skip the most important meal of the day. First, I’ll give my two top favorite recipes, and then I’ll explain the ingredients so you can make any smoothie you want!

Strawberry Banana

Strawberry banana smoothie. Photo by Amber Wright.

Here are the ingredients for my smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup of milk (any kind)
  • 4 frozen strawberries OR 1/2 cup of fresh cut strawberries
  • 1/2 of a fresh banana
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds or flaxseed (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute and drink immediately. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, simply add a bit more milk and blend for an additional 15 seconds.

If you are using both fresh strawberries and fresh banana, be sure to add a few ice cubes to thicken the mixture and give it a more smoothie-like texture.

Pineapple Mango

Pineapple mango smoothie. Photo by Amber Wright.

Here are the ingredients for my smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup mango (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • Splash of orange juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds or flaxseed (optional)

Blend all of the ingredients on high for 1 minute. I like to add a bit of orange juice if the smoothie is a bit too thick.

For the mango and pineapple, I would recommend using frozen of one of them and fresh of the other (frozen mango plus fresh pineapple or vice versa). If both of them are fresh, add a few ice cubes to the smoothie and blend.

Best smoothie ingredients

Smoothie ingredients. Photo by Amber Wright.

To start off with a smoothie, I always include 1/2 cup of milk or some form of milk substitute. Almond milk or coconut milk works perfectly fine. Orange juice is also a great base for smoothies with a citrusy flavor.

After that, I choose two main ingredients: strawberry and banana; pineapple and mango; spinach and kale; mixed berry and mango. Try any combination you’d like!

I always make sure to include either a banana or yogurt because these ingredients serve to thicken up the smoothie. Both are relatively flavorless, so they go great in any smoothie recipe. Here are some additional ingredients I love to include:

Almonds/pecans: Including some form of nut in your daily breakfast smoothie is great for getting some natural fats and fiber. Both do not introduce a distinct flavor to a smoothie, so they fit in any recipe.

Flaxseed: Flax (pictured above on the bottom right) is perfect to get some extra dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. If you do not consume fish, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds are a great alternative to get these healthy lipids in your diet.

Chia seeds: Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein and fiber. If you are vegetarian or vegan, I would definitely recommend including these in your smoothies.

Greens: Unlike kale, which has a bitter flavor in smoothies, spinach is almost undetectable when blended with other ingredients. I love to include spinach in most of my smoothies to get a serving of veggies in the morning without any hassle. Kale can definitely be a good ingredient, and it has many health benefits, just make sure your other ingredients mask its flavor.

Protein powder: For vegetarians and vegans, adding protein powder to morning smoothies helps replace some amino acids that are lost by not consuming meats. If you do not want to consume animal-based protein powder, there are plant-based options available. It’s also good to consume protein in the morning in general.

Spices: It is super easy to add a bit more flavor or sweetness to your smoothies. I love adding a bit of honey, cinnamon, or vanilla. Other options include: cardamom, nutmeg, cilantro, mint, turmeric, etc.

The best part of making these smoothies is experimenting. I almost never follow recipes because I love trying different amounts of certain things each day. If you’re not satisfied with a smoothie, just try something new. Have fun with it!