“What is for breakfast?” is the dreaded question you face every morning. If you're trying to eat healthy, that means you want to make sure you get a dose of fiber, greens, and protein to start your day right, all the while keeping an eye on your calorie count. Enter: healthy smoothie recipes.
“Nutritious, well-balanced smoothies can be a great addition to a well-balanced diet for weight loss and general health,” says Julie Andrews, RDN, the founder of The Healthy Epicurean. Not just any ol' smoothie would do, though, since some may pack a lot more sugar and calories but fewer nutrients that support weight loss and overall health, she notes.
“Make sure your breakfast smoothies are rich in protein, otherwise, you will most likely be hungry way before lunchtime,” says Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet. “Also, a little fat and fiber are needed for satiety as well as overall nutrition."
And if you’re looking for some great ingredients to include in your smoothies, Gans recommends any type of berry, banana, spinach, kale, avocado, low-fat plain Greek yogurt, low-fat milk, non-dairy milk alternative that includes protein, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and nut butter.
If you want to plan ahead, try freezing the majority of your smoothie ingredients (like fruits, seeds, and vegetables) in individual bags and pulling one out each day as needed, says Leah Johnston, RDN, a culinary nutritionist at the marketing agency SRW.
Need some serious smoothie inspo? Here are 42 healthy and yummy smoothie recipes to try.
Meet the experts: Julie Andrews is the founder and recipe creator of The Healthy Epicurean. Keri Gans is the author of The Small Change Diet. Leah Johnston is a nutritionist and health expert at the marketing agency SRW.