Breakfast is regularly touted as the ‘most important meal of the day’, yet many of us don’t have the time or appetite for a massive morning meal.
Sitting down to a full English on the weekend is a treat, but the weekdays call for a lighter, healthier alternative. One possible solution? Smoothies. With the right recipes, these delicious, DIY breakfasts aren’t only tasty, but filling too.
The grain attraction
Adding grains is a brilliant way to bulk up smoothies and get some slow-release carbohydrates to keep you going until lunch. When paired with fresh fruit, milk and/or yoghurt, cereal grains like oats and bran blend nicely to create thick, satisfying smoothies.
Two we like:
- Martha Stewart’s banana-oat smoothie – Flavoured with cinnamon and sweetened with honey, this recipe takes a breakfast classic—porridge—and transforms it into a delicious beverage you can drink on the go.
- All-Bran’s strawberry yoghurt smoothie – A tasty option if you’re hoping to integrate more soluble fiber into your diet.
Nuts for protein
Nut butters, such as peanut butter, almond butter and even cashew butter, are an easy-to-blend ingredient for protein-packed smoothies. Once a rarity in the UK, these nut pastes are now on the shelves in all major supermarkets, with more and more Britons developing a taste for them.
Two we like:
- Rachel’s banana and peanut butter smoothie – A simple recipe to help you ease-in to adding peanut butter to a blended drink.
- Banana, date and almond smoothie recipe – This recipe from London food blogger ‘Deliciously Ella’ is unique and dairy-free.
The colour may take some getting used to, but these smoothies—often called ‘green thickies’—have a loyal following. Made with leafy greens like spinach and kale, they’re an easy way to add nutritious vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your diet. In particular, they’re often a good source of magnesium, iron and Vitamin C.
Three we like:
- Jamie Oliver’s green smoothie – This recipe combines just four ingredients—banana, spinach, apple juice and lime—into a tangy and tasty liquid breakfast.
- The Guardian’s kale and apple smoothie – This recipe adds an extra boost of ‘green’ with kiwi fruit and fresh coriander.
- BBC Good Food ‘Bone Builder’ smoothie – This recipe features avocado and cucumber among its many nourishing ingredients and blends together beautifully for a breakfast that’s as healthy as it is delicious.
What are your favourite smoothie recipes?