The start of your morning typically sets the tone for the rest of the day, and there’s one way to ensure you get off on the right foot: by fueling up with vitamins and nutrients that keep you energized and satiated for the day ahead. The best way to fit in a complete breakfast in a hurry? Whip up one of these simple, yet delicious healthy smoothie recipes below to take with you on the go. These blends are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which nourish both the body and brain.
The “Happy Smoothie”
Lucky for us, holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque was kind enough to share the secret to happiness, which happens to be the magic ingredients in this simple yet delicious smoothie. The blend of ceylon cinnamon (which helps balance blood sugar and detox the liver by increasing insulin sensitivity) and Mucuna pruriens (an amino acid known to boost dopamine levels) accomplishes a balancing and restorative effect on the body. Beneficial spices like ginger, nutmeg, and clove are sweetened with a touch of vanilla to give the smoothie a rich, yet refreshing taste that will make you look forward to waking up in the morning. Find the full recipe on The Chalkboard Mag.
Glowing Coconut Carrot Smoothie
This bright orange “beauty” smoothie may have the same effect on your appearance by blending vitamin-packed fruits and veggies to leave you with a healthy glow from the inside out. A mix of carrot (for anti-aging antioxidants), coconut water (for hydration, plus minerals like magnesium and potassium), mango (for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate, and pantothenic acid), orange (for Vitamin C), and strawberries (for a tasty boost of collagen), this smoothie not only provides a healthy way to start the day but acts as a natural beauty supplement at the same time. Find the full smoothie recipe on HelloGlow.
Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie
The perfect blend of plant-based protein, healthy fatty acids, and natural fiber, this smoothie is chalk-full of beneficial ingredients that fuel the body in preparation for a full day. Not only is the recipe healthy but it’s insanely delicious thanks to the perfect mix of blueberries, banana, and almond butter, which not only satisfy the stomach but energize the brain thanks to the protein-packed ingredients like chia and flax. Find the full smoothie recipe on the Minimalist Baker.
Candice’s Clean Matcha Smoothie
This smoothie is exactly as the name depicts: a cleansing blend of antioxidants thanks to the main ingredient, matcha, and protein-rich vitamins and minerals from the additions of banana and spinach. In addition to matcha, which provides a natural boost of energy, this recipe suggests mixing coconut and almond milk, which makes it a smooth and satiating beverage to kick-start your day. Find the full recipe on wellness expert Candice Kumai’s personal blog.
Brand-New Day (Coffee-Avocado) Smoothie
If there’s anyone who knows the importance of an energizing and nourishing pick-me-up, it’s Adam Rosante, founder of The People’s Bootcamp, the popular “pay-what-you-can” high-intensity workout program based in NYC. Rosante’s protein-packed green smoothie (which calls for kale, protein powder, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt) saves you precious time by incorporating your morning cup of coffee (or green tea) into a healthy avocado-based concoction that tastes divine thanks to natural sweeteners like cinnamon and berries. This delicious smoothie is sure to keep you satiated and fueled up for a productive day. Find the full recipe on Well+Good.
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