Most people I know can go without breakfast in the morning, but I’m the kind of person who is hungry the moment they wake up. I’ve always been a huge smoothie fanatic, mainly because there are so many ways you can change it up in the morning when you make your own concoctions at home.

Something on the sweeter side? Love it!

All veggies? OK, I can dig it.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter? Oh hell yea!

But in all seriousness, breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day, so waking up to a blended variety of some of my favorite foods really seems to start my day off on the right foot. If anything, it boosts my mood and energy, so I say that’s a win in itself!

There is conflicting opinions however, on whether or not smoothies are actually healthy for you in the morning, considering the spike in sugar your system gets when you only use fruits or juice as your base. While I’m somewhat of a health-conscious individual, I think it’s all about balance when it comes to creating a delicious and healthy smoothie. It’s also a way to keep things interesting by adding more veggies, protein and fats to your base instead of just fruit. It takes some experimenting to get there, but the process is fun when you find a recipe that really resonates with your taste buds.

It’s really easy to get used to doing the same thing day in and day out. Even when we know what works for us and our schedule in the morning, it’s always nice to experiment with some new ingredients to switch up your typical breakfast routine and keep it somewhat interesting.

While smoothies can be enjoyed at any time during the day, here are ten my favorite smoothie recipes to start my day off right:

1. The Green Machine Smoothie

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup of pineapple
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • ½ cup of cucumber
  • Half of a lemon, juiced
  • ½ inch of fresh ginger, sliced
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes 

2. The Other Super Green Smoothie 

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup of cucumber
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • Half of a green apple
  • Half of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

3. That’s My “Beet” Smoothie 

Ingredients:
  • Half of a beet, cubed
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • Half of a banana
  • ½ cup of strawberries
  • Half of a red apple
  • ½ cup of oat milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

4. The Refreshing Smoothie 

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole mango
  • ½ cup of cucumber
  • 4-6 fresh mint leaves
  • Half of a lime, juiced
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

5. The Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie 

Ingredients:
  • Half of a banana
  • ½ cup of fresh pineapple
  • ½ inch of fresh ginger, sliced
  • ¼ tsp of ground turmeric (I usually end up adding more)
  • 1 cup of peeled carrots
  • Half of a lemon, juiced (sometime I swap this out with coconut oil)
  • 1 cup of oat milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

6. The Matcha Smoothie 

Ingredients:
  • 1-2 whole bananas
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 Tbsp of matcha green tea powder mixed with one cup of almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp of honey
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

7. The Sweet and Salty Smoothie 

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 Tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

8. The Algae Smoothie

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of cucumber
  • Half of a green apple
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1-2 handfuls of kale
  • 1 whole banana
  • Half of an avocado
  • 1 Tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 tsp of spirulina powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

9. The Zesty Green Berry Smoothie 

Ingredients:
  • 1 handful of kale or spinach (both if you’re really feeling it)
  • 1 cup of cucumber
  • ½ inch of fresh ginger, sliced
  • Half of a lime, juiced
  • 1 handful of frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup of oat milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes 

10. The Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:
  • 1-2 whole bananas (sometimes I switch this out with an avocado instead)
  • 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of oat milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 4-5 ice cubes

This list could probably go on forever, but these are just a few of my favorite smoothie recipes I’ve either been making for a couple of years now, or a few that are more of a recent addition.  

Some of these recipes seem quite extensive, but really there are just a lot of what I call “extra” ingredients (e.g. – flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp hearts, collagen and etc.) to add to your smoothie to make it even more healthy. I enjoy keeping up with some of the newer health trends, just for my own knowledge and to see what works for me.

None of these ingredients are set in stone though, so you can swap out plenty of these items to meet your needs. For the most part I usually leave out yogurt (which seems to be a favorite for most people) mainly because I’m not a huge fan of it. I think yogurt tends to overpower the other ingredients and take away a majority of the taste. It really depends what you like, but there is a lot of options to keep any of these smoothie recipes interesting each time you make them.

Whether you are making these smoothies in the morning, in the afternoon or even at night, there are plenty of ways to switch up or start your smoothie game.

Stay curious, be present, travel often.

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