It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it makes sense. The first meal of the day breaks your body’s fasting period overnight, kick starts your metabolism, and replenishes glucose and other nutrients that are converted into energy. Eating breakfast also has been shown to have long-term health benefits such as reducing risks of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. 

Despite this, almost half of Australians are choosing to skip breakfast during the week. Whether you have school drop offs, you opt for a bit of a sleep-in, or you’re trying to cram in an early-morning workout, life doesn’t pause so you can have time to make a decent brekky. But a cafe-style cooked meal is not necessary in order to nourish your body in the morning. Smoothies are an excellent way to get a quick boost of goodness that will sustain you until the next meal. Throw together your favourite ingredients and voila! You’re out the door with brekky in hand.

Oatmeal Cookie

This mouth-watering smoothie is perfectly thick and creamy, and tastes just like an oatmeal cookie! Packed with fibre, healthy fat and protein, you’re guaranteed to feel satisfied until lunch.

  • ⅓ Oatmeal
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Green Machine

Liquid greens may sound a little off-putting but with this recipe they’re not. Adding vegetables into your smoothies is a simple way to reduce the sugar content and receive maximum goodness. The lemon juice offsets the bitterness of the kale (believe it or not) and the frozen banana thickens the drink and creates a deliciously smooth texture. For this one, blend the kale, coconut water and lemon juice first and then add the banana.

  • 200ml cup coconut water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¾ cup kale
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

Berry Goodness

For those who are a fan of the fruity smoothies, we’ve got you. We may have snuck in some greens for an additional dose of fibre, vitamins, and minerals, but you wouldn’t know it from the taste. Plus, add some Greek yoghurt to make sure you’re getting a good dose of protein. Don’t eat dairy? Substitute Greek yoghurt for coconut milk yoghurt for the same benefits.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ sliced strawberries, blueberries or chopped mango (pick your fave)
  • ¼ plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup almond milk

Espresso Fix

For the coffee lovers out there, the thought of scraping through the morning without your daily caffeine fix may seem unbearable. Luckily, you don’t have to. This blend gives you the best of both worlds: the caffeine kick you crave combined with ingredients providing a more sustainable energy boost. Add the oats to the warm milk first and allow them to soften for about 10 minutes before blending with the other ingredients.

  • ½ whole milk, warmed
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ chilled cold brew coffee
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup ice

Don’t underestimate the power of breakfast! By sacrificing just a few extra minutes each morning you can set yourself up for a more productive and energised day. Get creative with your smoothie ingredients and find the ultimate combo that you’ll never want to skip.

References

https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media/news-releases/2019/new-national-survey-reveals-almost-half-of-australians-are-skipping-breakfast

https://www.wellplated.com/oatmeal-smoothie-recipe/

https://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/healthy-breakfast-smoothie

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/coffee-oat-maple-smoothie