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Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

by | May 31, 2017 | Gut Healing Recipes

Healthy breakfast smoothies

 

I’m just going to put it out there: healthy breakfast smoothies are a great way to start your day. I’m not a big breakfast fan and although I know I should eat breakfast, most of the time I just want a strong coffee and a hot shower… except when a smoothie is on offer.

 

Lately I’ve been focused on getting something into me before 9am and I’ve found a good, healthy breakfast smoothie is a simple but super efficient way to get lots of food in without actually having to “eat” anything! I’ve always used smoothies as a way of getting natural medicine into kids (and adults!) because the creamy, sweet taste hides just about everything. Now, I’m using them to boost nutrition and add gut healing goodness to my mornings… and I want you to do the same!

 

When I was running my Naturopathy clinic, I’d find people fell into two categories, the “I must have breakfast-ers” and the “I never eat breakfast-ers”. I had a great handout on healthy breakfast smoothies for the non-breakfasters and found it was a gentle and yummy way to entice them to have something in the mornings. On that handout, there was 7 simple, nutritious and really yummy smoothie recipes and I’m going to share those with you today.

 

Benefits of healthy breakfast smoothies

There are some in the health field that say that drinking a breakfast smoothie isn’t really good for your metabolism or nutrition and that you should eat something at the table rather than on-the-run. I say bah!

Who has time to make some instagram worthy poached eggs on sourdough with perfectly cut slices avocado and salmon topped with finely chopped chives on a Wednesday morning when you slept through your alarm and the kids move at snail’s pace? No-one! No-one has time for that so don’t bother disappointing yourself when you can’t keep up that kind of breakfast intensity.

Instead, print out these smoothie recipes and make a plan to get them happening at your place. I know you’ll notice a difference in your energy levels, snacking habits and concentration throughout the morning and best of all, you can hide extra vitamins and minerals in there for the kids.

10 benefits of healthy breakfast smoothies:

  1. They’re easy to digest
  2. Simple to make – throw all ingredients in and blend until smooth, seriously, everyone can do that!
  3. Can make a big lot for the whole family, whizz it up and put into glasses ready for whenever they roll out of bed
  4. Can have it on the move if you need to
  5. Most of the ingredients will be in your fridge and pantry already!
  6. During winter, you can secretly add Vitamin C powder, zinc and probiotics to breakfast smoothies to ward off cold and flu
  7. Need more oomph? Add some protein powder for an easy boost to your daily intake
  8. Looking for a quick fat blaster? A tablespoon of coconut oil does the job in a smoothie
  9. Add gut healing nutrients like slippery elm powder, glutamine and n-acetyl-cysteine
  10. Add other natural medicines to hide their unique flavours

 

Convinced yet to add smoothies into your breakfast routine? Take a squiz over these yummy recipes and tell me you don’t want to make one…

1. Low FODMAP Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

Serves 1

This is a favourite breakfast option in my house, my boys and hubby love it! It’s quick, easy and versatile – depending on what’s in the fridge you can make a different one every day.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon LSA mix
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup lactose free yoghurt
  • 100mL coconut water
  • 4 ice blocks

Steps:

  1. Put the strawberries and banana in a blender.
  2. Add the yoghurt, ice blocks and coconut water into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a chilled glass and drink immediately.

Hints:

  • Add different berries for variety
  • You can replace the lactose free yoghurt with lactose free milk, if desired.

Non-FODMAP option:

  • Use greek or homemade yoghurt
  • Use more than 100mL of coconut water

 

2. Banana, LSA and Oat Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of oats (either soaked overnight or quick oats)
  • 1 tablespoon LSA mix
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 100mL coconut water

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

 

3. Green Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1

I had to add one green smoothie, ha! I’m not a big fan and neither are my boys but it’s always good to try new things and sometimes I’ll throw in a green smoothie during the week just to keep them on their toes.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut yoghurt
  • 100mL water
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 banana (optional, for thickness)

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Hints:

  • You can use regular yoghurt, greek yoghurt for a bit of extra protein or lactose-free yoghurt.
  • Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which is amazing for breaking down mucous and congestion, perfect for winter!

 

4. Zingy Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 2 teaspoons of grated ginger
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 100mL water

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

 

5. The Gut Healing Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1

This is a recipe I use regularly with patients and customers who want a reliable gut healing remedy. It combines foods used to heal the gut with nutrients that are specific for repairing damage that causes IBS and leaky gut symptoms like bloating, nausea, offensive wind and cramping.

Ingredients:

  • 4 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut yoghurt
  • 100mL coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado
  • 1 tablespoon slippery elm powder
  • 1 teaspoon glutamine

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Hints:

  • Change up the berries for a different taste

 

6. Immune Boosting Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

Serves 1

I love this smoothie in winter. I know winter seems like a time when you want to be having something warm in the morning but this is a simple but great way of getting immune boosting nutrition into you and your family. Ward off the colds, flus and infections with this one!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 100mL water
  • 1 banana
  • 6 blueberries
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 scoops zinc and vitamin C powder
  • 1 capsule probiotics (open the capsule and pour contents into the blender)
  • 1 scoop NutraOrganics protein powder (packed with extra greens and antioxidants)

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

 

7. Fat Blaster Breakfast Smoothies

Serves 1

I have used healthy breakfast smoothies for weight loss with patients for the last 10 years and it’s worked really well. It keeps you full through the morning, your concentration levels steady, your blood sugar stable and that means you are happy and feeling energetic!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 100mL filtered water
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 capsule probiotics (open the capsule and pour contents into the blender)
  • 1 scoop NutraOrganics Greens and Reds cleansing powder (packed with extra greens and antioxidants)

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Hints:

  • Replace the pineapple with blueberries for a hit of Vitamin C and antioxidants in winter.

 

Don’t wait another day to start feeling better. You deserve a healthy gut.

Kate x