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Quick Healthy Smoothie recipes for breakfast

Posted Mar 23 2010 10:00am

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Smoothie recipes are one of my favourite healthy breakfast options.

Smoothie recipes are not only cost effective, but when you add protein, they become an incredible healthy breakfast for people on the go!

Smoothie recipes require a lot of creativity, a few ingredients, a good quality blender and about 5-10 minutes of your time! Your blender becomes this magical kitchen gadget that can prepare a power-health-booster in about 5-10 minutes and set you on the right course for your entire day.

When I find healthy smoothie recipes, I do my best to post them on the site to encourage readers to make a healthy breakfast a priority!

If you are short on ideas for your next healthy breakfast smoothie, allow me to share the latest list of smoothie recipes from Eating Well!

>>> 7 healthy breakfast smoothie recipes:

1. Thermos-Ready Smoothie

2. Raspberry-Avocado Smoothie

3. Banana-Cocoa Soy Smoothie

4. Melon-Ginger Smoothie

5. Hawaiian Smoothie

6. Banana-Berry Smoothie

7. Citrus Berry Smoothie

>>> Healthy smoothie recipes: NOT all smoothie recipes are created equally!

To ensure your smoothies are a healthy breakfast choice, follow these 5 rules:

1. Don’t add too much sugar: Agave syrup, which looks like honey but is slightly sweeter is a great replacement to sugar. Its main advantage is that it has a lower glycemic index load. In other words, it causes less of a spike in blood sugar, so you’re less likely to feel hungry soon after you’ve had your smoothie.

2. Add some coconut water: If you need to thin down your smoothie, forget using sugary fruit juice. Instead, try coconut water, the liquid from young coconuts, which is rich in potassium and electrolytes.

3. Add protein to your smoothie recipes: Adding whey protein to breakfast smoothies as an easy-to-digest protein that contains all the essential amino acids is a great way to boost the power of your smoothie recipes. Alternatively, you can also use milk or yogurt. Try almond, rice and oat milk for a non-dairy alternative.

4. Replace your banana with an avocado: Bananas are a common addition to smoothies because they add sweetness, body, and nutrients. But they’re also high in sugar. So if you’re trying to cut down on the sweet stuff, toss in a quarter or half an avocado, instead. You’ll get lots of potassium, B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, and fibre. And while avocados are high in fat, they contain oleic and linoleic acids that are effective in lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing healthy HDL cholesterol. Plus, they’re one of the best fruits (yes, they’re a fruit) for keeping hunger pangs at bay.

5. Freeze your fruit or buy frozen fruits: Cut up chunks of peaches, plums, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, and apricots, and then spread them out on a tray and freeze them until firm. Store in a plastic bag until you’re ready to use them. You can freeze blueberries and raspberries whole. If that’s too much work, do what I do and buy your frozen unsweetened fruits when they are on sale and store them in your freezer.

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