The Breakfast Smoothie Recipe That Will Replace Your Morning Cup of Coffee

Berries and Greens Breakfast Smoothie (Photo by Laura Lee Bloor)

This breakfast smoothie recipe will be the only one you ever need.

Most days, I enjoy a cup of coffee. It’s a comforting morning ritual. I have one 12-ounce cup with one sugar and one cream.

While I love my morning cup of coffee and believe in its health benefits, I don’t like the idea of becoming dependent upon caffeine to start my days. So, I started looking for other morning beverages that would give me an equivalent energy boost.

It was during this time that I discovered the almighty breakfast smoothie.

I used the think smoothies were unhealthy, especially most of the Jamba Juice ones because they’re pumped full of so much sugar and little real fruit.  Plus, how could a smoothie keep anyone full for more than an hour?

That was until I started making my “berries and greens” breakfast smoothie. Not only is it a meal in a glass and keeps me full all the way to lunch, it also gives me as much – if not more – energy as my usual cup of coffee.

See my breakfast smoothie recipe below.

The secret to a hearty smoothie is protein, and leafy greens pack more protein than most people think. The Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, too. The rolled oats I add have lots of fiber, which help to keep me full. I get tons of energy from all the vitamins and minerals in the variety of fruits, veggies and seeds.

Another perk is that if you’re running late, you can easily take it with you to go.

Try it for yourself:

My Berries and Greens Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small ones.

Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 1 handful of sliced strawberries
  • 1 handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 handful of spinach or kale
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. honey

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Frozen berries work just as well as fresh. Also, feel free to add, substitute or subtract fruits and veggies, as your palate prefers.

Helpful cleaning tip: After you pour the smoothie, fill the blender with a cup of water and pulse it a few times. This will prevent seeds from sticking, saving you annoying scrubbing and cleaning time later.

What did you think?

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5 Responses to The Breakfast Smoothie Recipe That Will Replace Your Morning Cup of Coffee

  1. Heather says:

    Hi Laura Lee!

    First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Woot-woot! I hope you have a great one.

    Second, this smoothie sounds awesome. I’m going to try it. One thing I suggest adding to it is 1T of chia seeds, which I recently discovered are just awesome. You can add them to anything, since they don’t have a lot of flavor (I put them in my oatmeal and yogurt, as well as eat them plain) and they add a ton of fiber, omegas, calcium, etc. I find they keep me satisfied for longer and I don’t have the crazy hunger peaks and valleys when I eat them. You can find them at Whole Foods or Mother’s if you want to try them without having to buy a large amount. If you like them, Amazon sells them for much cheaper.

    🙂

  2. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Thanks so much, Heather! Miss you and hope all is well!
    Yeah, the chia seeds are in the recipe! Aren’t they amazing little nutrition superstars?! I had never heard of them until my colleague through school shared them with me. Hemp seeds are awesome, too because they contain lots of essential fatty acids, amino acids and fiber.

    Good call on where to get them – I was lucky and got little samples from my friend. I’ve been hooked ever since. Plus, one bag lasts a looonnnggg time since they’re so tiny.

  3. Heather says:

    Ha! I totally read right over that! I guess chia seeds don’t help with reading comprehension, eh??

    Oh yeah, a small bag will last weeks! 🙂

  4. Jennifer says:

    Welcome to green smoothie land! I’ve been drinking one every day for the last year and esp. recently b/c my new Vita-Mix blender makes it a sinch and a half!

  5. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    I figured you might be a step ahead of me, Jennifer! Yeah, we could use a new blender, too, but the one we have is fine for now.

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