Updated: May 14, 2021
Whether you choose to eat breakfast as soon as you wake up or you prefer to intermittent fast (thus pushing breakfast later in the day) one thing is clear: what you eat when you “break fast” for the day matters.
Evidence suggests that if you make healthy food choices earlier in the day, that you’re more likely to continue eating healthfully as the day progresses. As they say: start well, finish will. Having a good breakfast will also help you manage food cravings and give you the energy you need to tackle your day.
But we all know how difficult it can be to make and eat a healthy breakfast during the hectic morning rush of getting ready for school or work, packing lunch boxes, and trying to get out the door on time. Who really has time to eat a balanced breakfast?
Enter The Ultimate Smoothie.
Smoothies sometimes get a bad rap because most commercial smoothies are sugar-laden calorie bombs that may actually be worse for you than having a doughnut. As an example, Dairy Queen’s Triple Berry Smoothie has 470 calories and a staggering 102 grams of sugar.
Just for reference, the AHA recommends that women get no more than 24 grams of added sugar a day and that men get no more than 36 grams. So in one supposedly healthy drink, you could be getting about 3-4 days worth of sugar!
But this does not have to be the case for your morning smoothie! You can start your day packed with nutrition in a super-easy and delicious way with what I call “The Ultimate Smoothie Recipe”.
I’ve developed this recipe over the last 3 years or so and it’s been my go-to breakfast for about 90% of that time. It’s been a huge factor in my successful weight loss journey and also in my ability to maintain a healthy weight.
There are so many benefits to having this smoothie for breakfast. Here are just a few:
It’s low sugar
It contains the “Healthy Meal Trifecta” (Protein, Healthy Fat, and Fiber--I talk about that more in this post: 8 Simple Eating Habits that Will Make You Healthier, Happier--and Maybe Even Holier)
It takes about 5 minutes to make
You can drink it while you’re doing other things (checking email, getting kids ready for school, commuting, etc.)
It’s easy to pack in a ton of nutrition without much effort
It tastes great
It will keep you feeling full all morn
It boosts both energy and cognition
Without further ado, here it is:
The Ultimate Smoothie Recipe
(Please note: I’m not an affiliate for any of the products I link below--this is just what I use and I wanted to make it easier for you to get the ingredients too.)
1 ½ Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
½ an Avocado –or—2TBS nut butter of choice
~1 Cup frozen berries (I almost always use blueberries, but you can use blends or strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. Berries are low sugar though, so don’t switch this out for a higher sugar fruit like banana or mango)
2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I use this: Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Vanilla Bean)
1 Scoop Green Powder of choice (I use this: Amazing Grass Green Superfood)
Optional (but recommended) Add-Ins:
1 Scoop Collagen Powder (I use this: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides)
1 tsp Powdered Functional Mushrooms (I use this: LAIRD SUPERFOOD Performance Mushroom Blend)
Start by pouring the almond milk in your blender, then add all the powders, followed by the avocado or nut butter. Top with the frozen fruit and blend until smooth.
You can buy frozen avocado chunks at Costco, or prepare your own by cutting up a bunch of ripe avocados and freezing them in a single layer in a gallon-sized freezer bag—this will save you time when making your smoothies
Experiment with how much frozen fruit you need to add to get to the consistency you like
This smoothie is gluten-free and (mostly) plant-based as written, but you can make it vegan by leaving out the collagen powder
This smoothie recipe is from my free PDF guide to The Easiest Diet Ever. If you'd like this guide, fill out the form below and I'll send it your way :)