Three great breakfast smoothies to start your day

The Green Smoothie Template

Serves One (or two smaller servings*)

In the third trimester of my second baby, Sofia, I was all about smoothies. I was waking up later and later in the morning and didn’t even have time to sit down to a bowl of oatmeal, so I decided to make smoothies.

I was so committed to the cause that I got a refurbished Vitamix to make sure that I got the silky smooth consistency that I could only get from a commercial smoothie shop. And because I had a 2-year-old in tow, I needed a smoothie recipe that was simple.

Enter the Green Smoothie Template inspired by the recipes I scoured on Simple Green Smoothies. The template made it easy for me to keep things interesting by swapping out the frozen fruit, and because I was using frozen spinach, frozen fruit, and bananas (they’re really cheap to get for me), this smoothie recipe was costing me very little time and money!

*This recipe can work for two smaller servings, but I was making enough to fill a 30-oz Yeti Rambler to match my third-trimester appetite 😄.

Ingredients

This recipe has V, A, and F (the fat in the milk)

  • 1-1/2 cups of 2% milk (see note)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup of other frozen fruit (mangoes, peaches, or any kind of berries were my go to)

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender
  • Blend until smooth and enjoy

Note: You can replace the 2% milk with almond milk or other nut milk. We made this change in our household in late 2018 and haven’t looked back.

Banana Berry Smoothie

Serves Two

This was a regular breakfast for me when I was pregnant with Riley. When I have this smoothie on my meal plan, I have the fruit frozen and ready in advance.

When I’m prepping the fruit I buy enough to make eight smoothies. I store the fruit in Ziploc bags in the freezer; this way the fruit retains its freshness and I don’t have to use ice in the recipe.

I updated the recipe below to serve two below in case you don’t have the same system of saving fruit.

Ingredients

This recipe has all VAFs® elements.

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 a medium apple (save the other half for a snack)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 2 cups of 1% milk (low-fat milk)
  • 2 small containers of vanilla non-fat yogurt

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender
  • Blend until smooth

Sweet Potato and Banana Smoothie

Serves Two

When first had my first child, Riley, I was in desperate need of meals I could eat with one hand. I hadn’t yet perfected the art of eating a proper meal while breastfeeding (and it didn’t take me long to figure it out), so I looked to the ultimate single-handed meal – smoothies.

While I was doing research for smoothie recipes to try, I was intrigued by something I read about using sweet potatoes in smoothies. I thought the author was kidding when she suggested it, but I was willing to try anything once. Plus my mom is in love with sweet potatoes and she definitely wanted to try it even if I didn’t.

I always have sweet potatoes on hand thanks to my personal version of the Healthy Store Shopping List, and I had the other ingredients on hand, so I set out to try it.

Ingredients

This recipe has all VAFs elements.

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • 2 bananas**
  • 2 cups of skim milk (2 single-serve sachets of Cowbell is a good substitute if you don’t use liquid milk)
  • 2 6 oz containers of Plain Greek Yogurt (You can use any single-serve yogurt of your choice just mind the sugar, and look for one with a high protein content)
  • 4 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • Water/Ice as needed (to your desired taste or consistency)

Method

  • Dice the sweet potato into small cubes and boil till it’s soft enough to mash with a fork***
  • Once cooled, mash it with a fork till it’s almost smooth and add the cinnamon and honey if you’re using them*
  • Add the sweet potatoes into a blender followed by the rest of the ingredients
  • Add ice if you wish
  • Blend until smooth and enjoy

Make Ahead Tips

**Dice the bananas and freeze. This way, you always have bananas for a smoothie or even oatmeal and you don’t have to use ice in your recipe.

***You can do this step during the weekend and even make enough for the entire week as it keeps well in the fridge.

Updated: 03/13/2018