Quick & Healthy Breakfast Smoothies to Jump Start Your Day

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breakfast smoothiesBreakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't mean you always have to make it a huge production. In fact, lots of people (*raises hand!*) can't always stomach a lot of heavy foods like oatmeal or eggs so early in the morning.

Recently, I started drinking my breakfast on some mornings instead of eating it, and let me tell you, I can totally tell the difference. Not only are fruit smoothies jam-packed with fiber and vitamins, but liquids in the morning are supposed to be gentler on the digestive system, and I definitely feel lighter. At first, I was suspect that blended fruit and juice could get me through until lunch, but once I got used to it, I found it very satisfying. And, I even felt like I had more energy.

I've been experimenting with different fruits and fruit juices (with no sugar added). Here are some of my favorite combinations so far:

1. Mango-Carrot-Mint (adapted from this recipe on Whole Living)

  • 8 oz. frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

Throw all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth, adding more juice if it's too thick.

 

2. Frozen Berries and Mint

  • 8 oz. frozen strawberries and raspberries (or your favorite berries)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

Throw all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth, adding more juice if it's too thick.

 

3. Avocado-Pineapple

  • 1/2 ripe avocado, cut in chunks
  • 4 oz. frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

Throw all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth, adding more juice if it's too thick.

What's your favorite smoothie recipe to make for breakfast?

 

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