Healthy Breakfast Shakes for the Warmer Months

healthy breakfast shakesWarmer days are upon us, and you know what that means: it’s time to spring clean your diet. How many of you start your day with breakfast? On the busiest of days, it can be hard to find the time to grab a cup of coffee before running out the door. If you’re one of the ones who tend to skip breakfast more often than not, it’s time to wake up a little earlier! Now that the sun is up early too, there’s no excuse to keep hitting that snooze button until you have to leave.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jumpstarts your metabolism, gives you the energy you need to last until lunchtime, and is a great way to slowly ease yourself into the rest of your day. Plus, eating a healthy breakfast reduces your desire to binge eat later in the day. What better way to start your morning than with a refreshing, nutrient-packed, delicious shake? Try these healthy breakfast shakes for a surefire way to raise your energy levels and entice your tastebuds.

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Each of theses shakes can be easily prepared in any blender by simply throwing all of the ingredients in and blending until they reach your desired consistency. If your particular blender has some trouble, try adding a bit more liquid and stirring the ingredients around until it processes smoothly. Each of these recipes makes 1 serving, but feel free to double or even triple the ingredients for more.

Think Green

While green isn’t the most appetizing color, it happens to be the color of all of my favorite smoothies. Seriously, all of them! The green color can come from any variety of green vegetables, but most commonly comes from either kale or spinach. If you’re wrinkling your nose just thinking about drinking a kale smoothie, don’t worry. The flavor of greens is easily masked by other ingredients you use. Try this shake and then try to tell me you don’t want to drink anything green:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tsp maca powder

The flavors of the banana and raspberries help to mask the flavor of the kale exceptionally well, and the maca powder (which happens to be a superfood!) lends a hint of delicious, nutty, caramel flavor. Using frozen fruit instead of ice keeps the shake from being too watery, and the almond milk is a good alternative to dairy for those who are lactose intolerant, vegan or simply trying to cut down on their dairy intake. The banana is a key ingredient for flavor and creamy consistency, but the raspberries can be switched out for any of your favorite fruits!

The Power of Protein

For those of you who like to wake up and get your blood pumping, try drinking this shake about an hour before you work out. The protein will help strengthen your muscles, and the cinnamon helps to boost your metabolism!

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

The cacao nibs are optional, but they’re a wonderful addition if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth. If you’ve never heard of cacao nibs, I’ll give you a bit of a rundown. Cacao nibs are actually what chocolate is made from. The ‘nibs’ are cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled, and packaged for your enjoyment! If you thought dark chocolate was healthy, this is truly going straight to the source. Though cacao nibs are less sweet, they have a distinct chocolatey flavor that’s brought out by the sweetness of the almond milk. If you’re skeptical because you’re using ‘unsweetened’ almond milk, trust me, the sweetness is still there.

Berry Bliss

This shake is chock full of antioxidants, which are super-powered cancer fighting compounds that everyone needs in their diet. Feel free to switch it up by adding blackberries or raspberries. The flavor of the yogurt used can even be up to you! This is the beauty of smoothies. Take a frozen ingredient, take a liquid ingredient, make sure the flavors work together and blend them up. Voila! A beautiful, creamy drink filled with the vitamins and minerals you need to start your day right.

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup milk (can be substituted for almond, soy or hemp milk)

Tropical Sunrise

While your day most likely includes going to work and not basking in the sun on a tropical island, there’s no reason why you can’t pretend you are. The flavorful mix of mango, pineapple and coconut milk will leave you dreaming of Jamaican vacations and Caribbean cruises.

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup milk (again, any variety will do)

Alright, let’s talk about coconut milk for a second. The kind you find in a can is very high in calories and very high in fat. With the rise in popularity of coconut products within the past decade, many different companies have been producing coconut milk that’s much lower in calories and saturated fat than it’s canned counterpart. The same companies that make almond, rice, soy and hemp milk are beginning to market coconut milk as well. So if you’re looking to cut down on calories, don’t buy the canned stuff!

Ginger Peach

This shake is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, not to mention nutritious. Do you know how wonderful ginger is for your body? Other than being good for an upset stomach, ginger helps improve your circulation, strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation. And besides being ridiculously delicious, peaches are full of vitamins A, C, E and K and are a good source of fiber.

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

Hemp Seed and Date

Hemp seeds are well known throughout the health food world due to their ability to pack in a large amount of protein in a small serving. Seriously, they’re 33% protein, these little guys don’t mess around. Hemp seeds have a delightful nutty flavor that meshes perfectly with the sweetness of the dates. Bananas, again, are added in to create the perfect creamy consistency. Ah, bliss.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Chia Seed and Goji Berry

Chia seeds are wonderful because they add virtually no flavor but a ridiculous amount of nutrients. When you purchase the seeds, you’ll notice that they’re very small and very hard. The trick is soaking them in liquid overnight before adding them into your shake. Start by mixing 1/4 cup chia seeds with 1 cup water. The next morning you’ll notice that they have a jelly-like consistency! They’ll soak up the flavor of whatever liquid you’re using, so don’t be afraid to soak them in different types of milk or fresh fruit juices.

  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp chia “jelly”

Goji berries are well known as a superfood high in antioxidants and protein. Yes, a fruit high in protein! They’re most well-known in Eastern cultures, where they have played a large role in traditional Chinese medicine. If you can’t find them at your local grocery store, be sure to check out a health food store or your local Asian market.

Greet The Day!

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast shake is a great way to combine all of your favorite flavors while fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to start another productive day. If you’re looking for more ways to boost your energy and spring clean your diet, learn the basics of cooking healthy with Udemy’s helpful course!