Breakfast smoothies is highly advantageous to human health. This is why it is highly recommended. Smoothies are highly nutritious. Apart from digesting quite easily they also enhance smooth digestion. Breakfast smoothies are good source of fast energy. Green smoothies are suitable alternatives to vegetables and most of all, they are very easy to prepare.
Health Benefits of Taking Breakfast Smoothies
Natural weight loss
Since most smoothies are made of highly nutritive fruits, they are good for people who are working on their weight. Even though you need a lot of exercises to reduce your weight drastically, cultivating a habit of taking only smoothies as your breakfast will contribute immensely to it.
Enjoy the benefits of consuming fruits
Even though we all know that fruits are highly nutritive and they have little or no side effects but we find it difficult to consume them regularly. Making a breakfast smoothie out of them is easier, tastier and richer. Every smoothie is made of more than one fruit. So, you get to enjoy all the nutritive benefits of all the fruits combined in one smoothie.
Promotes digestibility and nutrient absorption
Regular intake of breakfast smoothies promotes seamless digestion in your system and it also enhances fast absorption of nutrients into the body. In other words, breakfast smoothies improve the overall metabolism of the body.
Prevents stomach upset
Regular consumption of smoothies prevents all forms of stomach upset and it also cures them. You will never encounter stomach upset if you take smoothies regularly especially if you take them for breakfast.
Boosts immune system
Breakfast smoothies prevent the onset of a lot of diseases because they strengthen the immune system.
Mental clarity and improved focus
Yoga experts usually recommend regular consumption of breakfast smoothies because they enhance mental clarity that leads to great concentration. Smoothies align all your thoughts into one powerful focus. they help to focus on a particular goal.
It promotes smooth and glowing skin
Taking breakfast smoothies helps to keep your skin smooth, glowing and well moisturized. Almost all skin diseases thrive on constantly dry skins. Keeping your skin moisturized is a way of preventing skin diseases.
The health benefits mentioned above are just a few. The benefits of consuming smoothies are infinite. More are being discovered every day. Below are some great and highly beneficial smoothies and their recipes.
1. Spinach, Grape and Coconut Smoothie
This combination is great. It is filling and reinvigorating. It tastes great too. Its ingredients are 1 cup of seedless green grape, 1 cup of packed baby spinach, ½ cup of ice and ¼ cup of coconut milk. This one is quite easy to prepare. Just pour all the four ingredients in a blender and blend the mixture until it is smooth and frothy. The quantities stated above are for just one person and it takes just 5 minutes to prepare.
2. Raspberry and Nut Smoothie
The ingredients for this smoothie are ¾ cup of low-fat milk, ¾ cup of frozen raspberry, ½ banana, 1 table spoon of agave nectar or honey and 1 tablespoon of either peanut butter or natural almond. You can try using nectar and peanut butter first and then replace them with honey and natural almond in subsequent attempts. It all depends on your taste.
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend them together until the mixture is frothy and smooth. It takes about 5 minutes or less to prepare it and the quantities stated above are just for one person.
3. Banana Ginger Smoothie
This smoothie like most other ones makes digestion seamless. It is also good for curing and preventing stomach upset, nausea and heartburn.
The required ingredients are 1 banana, ¾ cup or 6 oz of vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of grated ginger. First of all, you need to slice the banana into smaller pieces that can be easily blended. Put all the ingredients together and blend them until smooth. This recipe is suitable for just two people and it takes a maximum time of about 10 minutes. What takes most time is the grating of the ginger and slicing of the banana.
One serving of this smoothie contains about 5g of protein, 1.5g of fiber, 28g of sugar, 34g of carbohydrate, 57mg of sodium, 0.8g of saturated fat, 1g of fat and about 157 calories.
4. Orange Dream Creamsicle
The required ingredients for this low-calorie healthy smoothie are 1 navel orange, ¼ cup of fat-free yogurt, 2 tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract and 4 ice cubes.
Peel the orange and then put all the ingredients together and blend until the mixture becomes super smooth. This smoothie contains 60mg of sodium, 0.5g of saturated fat, 1g of fat, 28g of sugar, 3g of fiber, 36g of carbohydrate, 3g of protein and 160 calories. This recipe is just for only one person and it takes about 5 minutes to prepare.
5. Green Tea, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie
What makes this smoothie unique and highly beneficial is its antioxidant content. The ingredients to prepare it are 3 tablespoons of water, 1 green tea bag, 2 teaspoons of honey, 1½ cup of frozen blueberries, ½ banana and ¾ cup of light vanilla soy milk.
First of all, you need to microwave the water until it is steaming hot and then add the green tea bag and allow it to brew. This will not take more than 3 minutes. Remove the tea bag. Then pure the honey into the tea and stir until it fully dissolves.
Add blueberries, banana and milk in a blender. Make sure you are using a blender that has the ability to crush ice cubes. Add the tea to the mixture and blend everything together. Blend it until it is very smooth. You may add additional water into it if necessary.
This smoothie contains 3.5g protein, 8g fiber, 38.5g of sugar, 63g of carbohydrate, 52mg of sodium, 0.2g of saturated fat and 269 calories. This recipe described above is just for one person.
6. Very Berry Meal
The necessary ingredients are 1 cup of frozen raspberries, ¾ cup of rice milk or almond, ¼ cup of frozen cherries or raspberries, 1½ tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed and 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice.
You need to grate the ginger first. Put all the ingredients together and puree the mixture until it becomes very smooth. The recipe is meant for just two people. Like most smoothies, this also has a very high nutritional value. A serving contains 1g of protein, 39 fiber, 20g sugar, 25.5g of carbohydrate, 56mg of sodium, a negligible amount of saturated fat, 1.5g of fat and 112 calories.
7. World’s Best Smoothie
This smoothie is filling. A glass of it will sustain you till lunch time. The required ingredients are 1 cup of plain non-fat yogurt, 1 banana, ½ cup of orange juice and 6 frozen strawberries. Put all the ingredients together and blend for about 1 minute. This breakfast smoothie will not take up to 3 minutes to prepare. The given recipe is just for one person. One serving contains 180mg of sodium, a negligible amount of saturated fat, 0.5g of fat, 45g of sugar, 5g of fiber, 63g of carbohydrate, 14g of protein and 300 calories.
8. Pineapple Passion
This is recommended for ice cream addicts. Taking this smoothie regularly will gradually kill the desire or craving for ice cream. To prepare this wonderful smoothie you need the following ingredients – 1 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt, 6 ice cubes and 1 cup of pineapple chunks. First, mix the yogurt with the ice cubes and blend until the ice cubes are broken down to smaller chunks. Then add the pineapple and blend until it becomes very smooth and frothy.
The recipe is just for 1 person and the inherent nutrients are 13g of protein, 2g of fiber, 48g of sugar, 53.5g of carbohydrate, 167mg of sodium, 2g of saturated fat, 3.5g of fat and 283 calories.
9. Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie
This smoothie boosts the immune system and it contains heart-healthy polyphenols and a lot of vitamin C. The ingredients for this smoothie are 1¼ cup of cold apple juice, 1 ripe banana, 1 kiwifruit, 5 frozen strawberries and 1½ teaspoon of honey. You need to slice both banana and the kiwifruit first. You will then put everything together and blend until the mixture is very smooth.
This recipe is for 4 individuals. Each serving contains 0.5g of protein, 1.5g of fiber, 16.5g of sugar, 22g of carbohydrates, 3.5mg of sodium, a negligible amount of saturated fat, 0.3g of fat and about 87 calories.
10. Banana Blueberry Soy
This is my best smoothie. I love the taste and my kids already like it too. Even though sugar is among the ingredients, I sometimes skip it and I assure you, it tastes great with and without sugar. I guess it is both blueberries and banana that produce the natural sweetness. The ingredients are 1¼ cup of soy milk, ½ cup of blueberries, ½ banana, 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
Add them together and blend for about 30 seconds. You can add more milk if desired. The recipe is for just two people. Each serving of the smoothie contains 3g of protein, 2g of fiber, 11g sugar, 25g of carbohydrate, 60mg of sodium, 0.1g of saturated fat, 1.5g of fat and 125 calories.
11. Tropical Papaya Perfection
This is great tropical smoothie. Its uniqueness lies in the tropical touch in it. The required ingredients are 1 papaya, 1 cup of fat-free plain yogurt, ½ cup of fresh pineapple chunks, ½ cup of crushed ice, 1 teaspoon of coconut extract and 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed. First of all, you should cut the papaya into smaller chunks for easy blending. Now, add all the ingredients together and blend for about 30 seconds. By then it will be well blended and without chunks.
This recipe is meant for just one person. Its nutritive value is made of 13g of protein, 7g of fiber, 44g of sugar, 64g of carbohydrate, 149mg of sodium, 01.g of saturated fat, 1.5g of fat and 299 calories.
Pin This Picture If You Loved The Article
In conclusion, breakfast smoothies are all about combination of fruits. This implies that the number of smoothies that exist is infinite. Despite that, more are still being discovered every day. So, instead of waiting for someone to discover and publicize it, why not engage in your own plethora of experiments?
All you need is a quality blender and all kinds of fruits, sugar and maybe milk. Just keep the quantities small just in case any of them turn out bad. But the only thing that can go wrong is the taste. So no matter how bad it tastes, if the quantity is small, you can still manage to drink it to avoid wastage. After all, having a bad taste does not take away the nutrients in it. So, what are you waiting for? Begin your smoothie discovery experiments today. Am sure you will thank me for it later.