You probably heard multiple times that breakfast is the “most important meal of the day.” As cliche as this saying is, your metabolism will thank you.
Assuming you actually do sleep 6-8 hours per day, you may feel hungry in the morning. That might not mean you have time to make a three-course meal before heading off to work, however.
Still, you need your “wakeup nutrients” including a little protein, antioxidants and vitamins. A little caffeine to jumpstart your day also doesn’t hurt, does it?
Try one of these eight morning smoothies to fast track your day!
Peanut Butter Espresso
A natural plant protein source, peanut butter in your morning beverage will complement the energy burst brought on by espresso. Add the antioxidants from pure cocoa powder or drink it without if you don’t like chocolate.
It’s a morning treat that can even rock a vegan’s morning. It can make you feel full — even if you whipped up this drink only minutes before you dashed off to work, take your kids to school, or run errands.
- 1 tsp. espresso powder
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ almond milk
style=”font-weight: 400;”>Pour the almond milk into your blender. Then, mix the maple syrup, peanut butter, and banana up to your desired chunkiness or smoothness. Slowly mix in the espresso powder.
Cold Brew Protein
Few things may seem as refreshing to you in the morning — especially on a hot day — as cold brew coffee. Added to a smoothie can make it even more enjoyable.
This morning energy drink could even serve as a partial meal replacement especially when adding the banana. There’s nothing like the electrolyte power of potassium to replenish the body and combat fatigue.
An example recipe consists of these ingredients:
- ½ cup chilled cold brew coffee
- ½ cup milk
- 1 banana
- 2-3 tbsp. peanut, almond or hazelnut butter
- 1 scoop protein powder
Hint: Ground flax seeds also provide protein and fiber and could give your smoothie a similar texture as does malt powder.
Pour in the milk and cold brew coffee. Then, blend or mash in the banana to your desired smoothness. After that, add the nut butter of your choice and mix all the ingredients until fully blended. Slowly add your favorite protein powder.
This breakfast on the go includes oats for extra fiber instead of the white flour normally used in pancakes. Enjoy this in place of an otherwise ordinary banana smoothie. Add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder to make it a mocha banana morning treat.
Otherwise, try this list of ingredients:
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup cold coffee
- A handful of ice
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tbsp. oats
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- A dash of cinnamon
Mix together the milk and cold coffee along with the ice. Then, blend in the maple syrup and banana. After that, slowly pour in the oats and cinnamon to it as you continue to mix the ingredients.
Coconut Banana Coffee Whip
This versatile coconut morning shake provides flavor no matter if you’re a vegan or not.
Just choose the type of milk you would prefer according to your preferred diet, and decide between an optional dairy or non-dairy whipped topping.
- Approximately 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 frozen banana
- Coconut flakes for topping
- ½ cup coffee ice cubes
- 1 scoop hemp or protein powder (optional)
- Whipped dairy or non-dairy topping (optional)
Making this recipe with cow milk just requires buying coconut water then adding it to the milk. If you’re making the vegan version, you could buy coconut milk.
Then, leave it in the refrigerator overnight to solidify.
Later, scoop the milk solids off the top and whip it into a creamy consistency for 3-5 seconds. Set that aside.
Then, blend the ½ ice cubes, 1 cup coconut water, and frozen banana together. You also have the option of adding hemp or pea protein powder.
Top it either with the coconut milk solids or whipped topping of your choice – or just add the coconut flakes.
Hint: Vegans can replace cow milk with coconut, soy or almond milk.
Salted Caramel-Like Mocha
If you enjoy the sweetness and saltiness of caramel candies topped with salt, you’ll find this morning smoothie to be a real treat.
It replaces the ingredient you know of as caramel with vanilla extract, dates and other ingredients.
You will find it hard to detect the difference between this creation and the sugary caramel counterpart.
Combination of ingredients for this include as follows:
- 1/2 cups cold coffee
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 packet cocoa powder
- 3 pitted dates (sott or soaked in hot water for 15 minutes)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup of ice
For an extra protein boost, add 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder. You could also use Cocoa Vie in place of the traditional cocoa powder.
Add all the liquid ingredients and slowly blend the cocoa powder and dates into it. Mix until all contents appear fully blended.
If you’re tired of the same coffee drink and need a change, this smoothie recipe may appeal to you. Prepare yourself for a bright, bold flavor if you never drank this in the morning yet.
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- 1 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/4 cup cashews, soaked
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1–2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk (or half of each)
- 6 ice cubes
Pour the milk, honey or maple syrup and ice into the blender. Crush the ice into a slushy substance. Then, add the dry ingredients little by little until fully combined.
Chocolate Coffee Hazelnut
Here’s a slight alternative to the chocolate peanut butter or plain mocha-coffee drink. This recipe provides the added probiotic benefit of yogurt.
It also supplies vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- 1 cup almond, cow or other milk
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup coffee ice cubes
- 1 tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread
- ½ frozen banana
The Greek Yogurt has the lowest amount of sugar in contrast to other types of plain yogurt. Therefore, it could keep your blood sugar as close as possible to normal.
Anyway, pour the milk, yogurt and coffee ice cubes into the blender. Mix it to your desired chunkines or smoothness before and after adding the banana and hazelnut spread.
Chocolate Coffee with Hidden Veggies
When it comes to incorporating veggies into breakfast, you have to get creative. You won’t be able to taste the cauliflower or spinach in this morning smoothie. It will rock your taste buds and your world.
- 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2/3 cup iced coffee
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 2–3 pitted dates (or 1 banana)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (or 1 scoop chocolate protein powder)
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice
- 1 1/2–2 cups ice
Pour the liquid contents into the blender as you crush the ice. Then, gradually add bits of cauliflower and spinach.
Gradually add dates or banana along with the rest of the dry ingredients.