7 Healthy Smoothies To Start Your Day

Breakfast — what’s that? As much as we’d love to sit down to a frittata and a cappuccino before work every morning, most of us just don’t have the time to get our healthy eating on. So, we roped in some of our favorite rock-star food bloggers — the culinary masterminds behind Joy the Baker, What's Gaby Cooking, and The Healthy Apple — to teach us their secrets to turbocharging your day in seconds flat. The result: seven healthy, crazy-easy smoothie recipes that will totally transform your morning (or afternoon — who are we to judge?). So, what are you waiting for? Click through for extreme deliciousness.
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Photo: Courtesy of What's Gaby Cooking.
This happens to be one of our favorite green smoothies — mostly because it packs two servings of fruits and a serving of veggies into a particularly tasty smoothie package. Added bonus: The chia seeds help keep you full, all the way to lunch. What more could you ask for from a sweet, simple smoothie?

Banana, Chia, and Spinach Smoothie
Serves: 1

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 ripe banana
1 handful fresh spinach
1 tsp chia seeds

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend! Add more almond milk as necessary, depending on your desired consistency.

For more recipes from What's Gaby Cooking, click here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Joy the Baker.
Bananas, nut milk, protein-packed peanut butter, healthful flax seeds for beautiful insides and outsides, and thickening oats — it’s a smoothie for your health. But, it also feels like you’re drinking a milk shake. Gulp it down, and rush out the door. There’s life to live!

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oat Milk Shake
Serves: One large or two small portions

2 cups cold almond milk (soy or regular milk would also be delicious)
1 banana, cut into chunks (frozen is ideal — definitely peel the banana)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 heaping tsp honey
1 tbsp flax seeds, ground into meal
2 tsp old-fashioned oats, ground fine

Directions
1. In a spice grinder, pulverize flax seeds and oats into a fine powder. (Use a spice grinder or a clean coffee grinder!)
2. In a blender, combine almond milk, banana, peanut butter, honey, and ground flax and oats.
3. Blend until no banana chunks remain and the mixture is thoroughly incorporated.
4. Pour into a glass, and enjoy immediately.

For more recipes from Joy the Baker, click here.
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We don't know if it's all the different berries or the orange zest, but this smoothie just screams summer. While you're waiting for the weather to get its act together, this smoothie will bring a fresh boost to your morning, and the flax seeds will help keep you full all day. Kind of a no-brainer, no?

Mixed-Berry Smoothie
Serves: 2

1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
1 cup brewed herbal tea, chilled
1 tsp organic ground flax seeds
2 tsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp fresh orange zest

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend! Add more orange juice as necessary, depending on your desired consistency.

For more recipes from The Healthy Apple, click here.
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Kale and spinach in the same smoothie? That's a lot of green. But, throw in some pear, banana, and creamy almond milk, then let the smoothie magic happen. This blend is so yummy you'll forget how good it is for you.

Kale, Spinach, and Pear Smoothie
Serves: 2

1 heaping cup spinach leaves
1 heaping cup chopped kale leaves
1/2 pear
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups cold almond milk (or soy milk or orange juice)
1 tbsp honey

Directions
1. Remove kale leaves from their rough center stalk, and coarsely chop.
2. In a blender, combine kale, spinach, and almond milk.
3. Blend until no big kale bits remain.
4. Stop blender, and add banana, honey, and pear. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

For more recipes from Joy the Baker, click here.
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A refreshing twist on the strawberry-banana smoothie, this creamy morning treat packs a serious protein punch, thanks to goat-milk yogurt. Two minutes in the blender, and voilà! Your day has been turbocharged.

Strawberry, Banana, Coconut Smoothie
Serves: 1

1/2 cup low-fat coconut milk
10 fresh strawberries (or 1 cup frozen strawberries)
1 banana
1/2 cup goat-milk yogurt
1 handful of ice

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend! Add more coconut milk as necessary, depending on your desired consistency.

For more recipes from What's Gaby Cooking, click here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Joy the Baker.
Greens in smoothies are a great way to get a head start on health in the morning. A good rule of thumb? Get your greens on before you hit up those other breakfast foods.

Super Spinach Smoothie
Serves: 1

1 ripe banana (frozen bananas are best in smoothies)
1 big, heaping cup clean spinach leaves
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Amazing Grass Green SuperFood powder
1 cup cold almond milk

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately! Feel the health!

For more recipes from Joy the Baker, click here.
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This might seem like an odd combination of ingredients for a smoothie. It’s the cucumber. Weird, right? Believe it or not, cucumber thickens the smoothie, adds lots of hydration and potassium, and blends beautifully with the sweet strawberry.

Strawberry-Cucumber Smoothie
Serves: 2

1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup cold almond milk
Half an English (hothouse) cucumber, deseeded and chopped into large chunks
1 to 2 tbsp honey
A squeeze of lemon, if you’d like

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend! Add more almond milk as necessary, depending on your desired consistency. You can also enjoy the smoothie made with frozen blueberries or blackberries.

For more recipes from Joy the Baker, click here.
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