A good nutritious breakfast gets your day off to proper start. Starting your day with the right nutrients gives you energy to keep going all day long (or at least until lunch time). Starting your day with a smoothie paves the way for a more fulfilled lifestyle. Here we go through the benefits of healthy breakfast smoothies for weight loss, wellbeing and feeling great.
Healthy Breakfast Smoothies for Weight Loss
Healthy breakfast smoothies can help you lose weight without. This is because the fruits that you blend keep you healthy. They also have enzymes that help dissolve body fat and clear up your circulatory system. Additionally, they smoothies have lots of protein and fibre.
Your body needs to be fuelled properly in order to allow you carry out your daily activities the best you can. If you are trying to lose weight, build muscle or just get fitter. You need to make sure the calories you consume are quality ones. This means that these calories need to contain:
- Healthy fats
- Complex carbs
A sugary breakfast cereal may make you feel sufficiently full for a short period of time. But, the calories you take from it are mostly empty. Meaning, you don’t get as much nutritional benefit as you would from something healthy, such as a breakfast smoothie.
Additionally, a protein bar may have lots of calories and good nutritional value, but it won’t fill you up in the same way a plate of salmon, brown rice, and steamed veggies will. However, a high-quality protein bar (especially if it is homemade) can give you the energy you need to power through a workout or recover from one.
A healthy breakfast smoothie is a great option to start the day, as it doesn’t make you feel bloated like the usual breakfast items do, and you will feel the benefit of it for longer. One of the advantages of making a smoothie yourself, rather than buying bottled ones, is that you control what is in it. They are ideal for relatively low-calorie, yet nutrient rich additions to your breakfast routine.
The right combination of fish ingredients in your smoothie, can help you drop weight while tasting great.
Smoothie Ingredients for Weight Loss
Some ingredients you can put in your smoothie are better than others. Also, some ingredients boost weight loss in different ways.
Avocado: Avocados are really good for giving your smoothie the thickness and creaminess it needs. They are packed with healthy fat, which will keep you going and satisfied until your next meal. They are also rich in health promoting vitamins and minerals.
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, make your smoothie taste amazing. Also as an extra bonus, they don’t add many calories or sugar. They are high in fibre, keeping you satisfied while providing antioxidants for your overall health.
Cayenne pepper: Often forgotten about when it comes to healthy smoothie ingredients. It not only gives your smoothie a nice little kick, but it also boosts your weight loss capability. Consuming it at breakfast reduces your need to eat fat and carbohydrates later in the day, curbing your appetite.
Chia seeds: These are packed with fibre and protein to help keep you feeling full and satisfied. They contain calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your health. Additionally, they are absorb toxins from your digestive tract.
Cinnamon: This flavoursome spice helps to regulate your blood sugar levels by improving the metabolism of glucose. This reduces of the amount of excess sugar that can be stored as fat.
Coconut oil: You need ample healthy fat in your smoothies and diet if you’re serious about losing weight. Your body uses the predominant fat in coconut oil for energy as opposed to being storing it as fat on your bum. It keeps you fuller for longer, energised, and feeling good.
Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is much high in protein, keeping you fuller longer. This is important, as you will feel less obliged to snack.
Healthy fats: Denying yourself all fat is not a way to lose weight. This is because you will feel unsatisfied when you eat. Eating enough healthy fat is a vital part losing weight. Include fats in your breakfast smoothies by adding avocado, coconut oil, or nuts and nut butters.
Leafy greens: We have all been told from a n early age that green stuff is very good for you. Kale, spinach, dandelion, and romaine lettuce, are packed with phytonutrients and low in calories. They are also high in fibre.
Pulp from fruit: When using a juicer, you end up with a pile of pulp from the ingredients you put in. This is essential fibre, so instead of throwing it out or composting it, put it in to your smoothies for a natural source of fibre.
So, How Do You Make A Healthy Breakfast Smoothie?
It is super easy to make smoothies.
- Step 1 – add all your ingredients to a blender
- Step 2 – blend until smooth
- Step 3 – enjoy
Make sure that you add the ingredients one at a time. This will give a smooth blending process. Start with the green stuff, like spinach or kale, then add the fruits and other ingredients later.
You may want to make the smoothie cold. If so you can do this in two ways:
1. Freeze the fruit, or buy frozen fruit.
2. Add 1/2 a cup of ice.
Make sure you use fresh ingredients where you can, but frozen fruits and vegetables are fine if you don’t have any fresh stuff. Organic is best for both frozen and fresh produce. This is because it will be free of pesticides, which is essential if you are cleansing your body.
Also, adding extra sugar or use fruit juice is a bad idea. You want to keep these breakfast smoothies as healthy and nutritious as possible.
Recommended Blenders For Making Healthy Smoothies
Instant Pot Ace Blender
Vitamix A3500 Blender
Ninja Nutri 1500W Duo
Recipes for Healthy Breakfast Smoothies
1. Berry and Banana
This smoothie is very rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, making this Berry Banana Breakfast Smoothie extremely nutritious. It also boosts your metabolism, which helps with you in weight loss.
You can add some greens to this smoothie too. Leave the top leaves on your strawberries and add a ½ cup of spinach. This is a great idea, as you won’t be able to taste them, but you will get extra vitamins.
Chop and freeze the banana for 4 or more hours. Also, freeze the berries to make a thicker, colder shake.
Berry Banana Ingredients:
- 1 banana
- ½ cup strawberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- 1 apple, cored and sliced
- 1 cup almond milk
2. Green Fat Buster
Starting your day with the green fat buster is a great positive step to your goals. The natural ingredients are paired together to help boost your metabolism and burn fat in one delicious drink.
Green Fat Buster Ingredients:
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1 cup brewed green tea (cooled)
- 1 large grapefruit (peeled and seeded)
- 2 cups pineapple chunks (frozen)
- 1/2 large avocado
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
3. Chocolate, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie
This one is super tasty and full of protein.
Ingredients for Chocolate, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon homemade fat free chocolate syrup
- 1 tablespoon almond butter (click here to learn how to make your own, it is super easy)
- 1 large handful ice
4. Banana Brekkie Smoothie
This Banana Breakkie smoothie is really good for you. It has lean protein from the milk, while the yogurt provides energy. You also get loads of soluble fibre from oats and banana boosting heart health.
Ingredients for the Banana Brekkie Smoothie
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 banana, cut into thirds
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5. Berry Smoothie
Adding spinach to smoothies, gives you loads of calcium, potassium and a metabolism boost.
The flavour of the spinach is completely masked by the berries, and the colour is masked as well, no one will ever be put off by having yucky spinach at breakfast.
Ingredients for the Berry Smoothie
- ½ cup strawberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup raspberries
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice
Which one is your favourite, let us know in the comments below!