To enjoy a green smoothie for breakfast is a great healthy choice. It’s delicious, easy and quick to make and fills you up for hours. It’s our go-to recipe whenever an instant breakfast is needed, or for a breakfast to go on a busy day and even to take with us on the road.
What is a green smoothie for breakfast
A green smoothie for breakfast is a different smoothy in our house than just say a smoothie in between. We want it to be creamier and more filling. Some days I make it thick, so we eat it with a spoon.
If you worry about protein for breakfast to feel satisfied for longer you should know that an egg has about 6 gram of protein and 1 cup of cooked oat also has about 6 gram of protein and uncooked almost double as much. Nuts and seeds have lots of protein and even greens have some.
The ingredients for a green smoothie for breakfast
I like to have most of the ingredients for a green smoothie for breakfast in the freezer ready to be used. Of course, things don’t go into the freezer by themselves, we have to preserve them to be ready to use.
We grow a lot of greens during the summer months and freeze them. Here is a blog post on how to freeze greens. Since I freeze them by the bag as they are ready, I hardly notice the extra work in the summer. During the winter, however, it is so convenient to have all those leafy greens washed and ready. We like to grow kale, spinach, beet greens, and swiss chard for smoothies.
Berries also grow well in our climate. My favorites for smoothies are strawberries. Raspberries, cherries, and blueberries are a good choice for a smoothy as well. Careful with very sour berries, they might thicken when blended.
Bananas are an important fruit at our house. No, we can’t grow them here, but whenever there are more ripe bananas than we can eat, we freeze them peeled and cut into 3-4 pieces. This way they are ready in the morning for a breakfast smoothy. Tip, if you do not like the idea of buying bananas, they can be substituted with zucchini for the same creaminess.
For extra sweetener in our smoothy, I like to use dry fruit with high sugar content like dates, raisins, apricots or pears.
To add some good fat and protein, we use hemp seeds, chia seeds or peanut butter.
Spice it up with ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla, cacao, etc.
And last but not least we add dry oatmeal to our breakfast smoothie, to make it more creamy and satisfying. I like to fill up the blender till the 2 cup mark per person.
Top everything with liquid of your choice. We like soy milk, it also adds some protein and tastes just great.
To make these yummy smoothies you will need a blender, preferably high speed. We use the Vitamix blender, it does a great job. It even warms the smoothies up in seconds for a cold winter morning.
Here an example green smoothy for breakfast recipe
This recipe is just a suggestion. There are so many ways to combine different greens and fruit along with nuts, seeds, and grains. Get creative and tell us your favorite combination.
- 1 banana
- 1 handful chopped kale
- 1 handful strawberries
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons dry oats
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- pinch of black pepper (to make the turmeric more bioavailable)
- 1-2 cup soymilk
- Put everything into a high-speed blender
- Blend till creamy, in the winter I like to blend it till it's slightly warm.
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