Not the type to sit down for a full meal first thing in the morning? Consider opting for homemade fruity smoothies instead. They’re great for your mad dash to work in the morning, a pre-or-post-workout drink, or even just as a snack. Smoothies also make a better choice than pressed juices, because you don’t lose the fiber content. Blending fruits and veggies into your morning drink gets you loads of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and natural sweetness, making for a great breakfast substitute.
Make them yourself so you can avoid the unnecessary calories that come with chain juice bars or cafés—they’ll cost you more, too. A handy tip? Freeze your fruits the night before you plan to make a smoothie so that they’re nice and icy when you drink them. Use only coconut syrup, agave nectar, or honey as your sweetener, and limit serving to 2 TBSP maximum.
Blueberry, raspberry, and banana smoothie: blend 1/2 cups of blueberries and raspberries with half a cup of sliced bananas. Add 2 cups almond milk and ice (optional) with a TBSP of sweetener. Blend well.
Strawberry banana smoothie: blend 1 cup of strawberries with 1 cup of bananas and add 1 cup each of Greek yogurt and non-fat milk. Add 2 TBSP of sweetener and blend well.
Mango lychee smoothie: blend 1 cup of diced mangoes with 1 cup of lychees. Add 1 1/2 cups coconut milk and 1/2 cup coconut water and blend until smooth.
Pineapple mango orange smoothie: blend one cup each of pineapple and mango. Add 2 cups fresh or pure squeezed orange juice and some ice cubes and blend until smooth.
Chocolate raspberry smoothie: blend 1 1/2 cups raspberry with 2 cups soy or almond milk and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Add 2 TBSP sweetener and cubes of ice. Blend until smooth.
Chocolate banana smoothie: blend 1 1/2 cups frozen banana with 2 cups soy or almond milk and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Add 2 TBSP sweetener. Blend until smooth.
Peanut butter and banana smoothie: blend a cup of bananas with 2 cups non fat or almond milk. Add 2 TBSP unsweetened peanut butter, and add 1 TBSP sweetener.
Berries and beet smoothie: blend 1/4 cup each of strawberries, mangoes, blue berries, and beets. Add 2 cups mixed berries juice (available in most supermarkets) and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
Fruits and kale smoothie: blend 2 cups of chopped kale or spinach (without the stem) with 1 1/2 cups pineapple and one banana. Add 1 cup coconut milk and blend until smooth.
Fruits and carrot smoothie: blend together 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 banana, 1 peeled and chopped kiwi, 1 cup chopped pineapples, and ice cubes. Blend well until fine.