These Breakfast Smoothies Aren't Made With What You Think

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By Emma Chapman

Today, we're talking about breakfast smoothies. But these aren't your average early-morning drinks. Each of the smoothies featured here incorporates vegetables and protein — not just fruit.

Lately, it's been a goal of mine to start every weekday with some vegetables. But salads just aren't appealing at 7:30 a.m., and that's a big reason I turned to the veggie-based smoothie.

Here are five of my current favorite breakfast smoothies. With a little bit of prep on the weekend, you can have these ready to go in under five minutes, every morning of the week.

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Beet & Strawberry
First up is a surprise favorite. Blend together 1-2 frozen cubes of beets, 5-6 whole frozen strawberries, 1/2 to 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, and 8 oz. cashew milk.* Let this blend on high for a couple minutes, so the smoothie gets well mixed.

*Throughout these recipes, I use cashew milk, but you could use almond or soy milk instead if you like. Whatever you use, I do recommend keeping it unsweetened because the flavor of this smoothie is SO good, it doesn't need any added sweeteners.
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Spinach & Banana (Chocolate Or Vanilla)
I probably make this one the most. You'll need: 1/2 frozen banana, 2-3 frozen cubes of spinach (or other leafy green), 1/2 to 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, and 8 oz. cashew milk. Blend well.

This one is actually the most green in color, but I think it tastes the least vegetable-y. Weird, right? To change it up a little, simply swap out the vanilla powder for chocolate.

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Chocolate Avocado
This one is the creamiest. I swear it almost tastes like a chocolate milkshake! For a chocolate avocado smoothie, simply blend together 1-2 frozen avocados (lately mine have had major dark spots inside, so I usually open two but only get about one avocado out of both), 1/2 to 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, and 8 ounces cashew milk. Avocados are so good for you and they make smoothies super creamy.
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Carrot, Coconut, & Orange
This one is super light and bright tasting. It's almost like a juice, but you don't need a juicer. For a carrot, coconut, and orange smoothie, blend together: 2-3 cubes of frozen carrot/coconut, juice from 2 oranges, and 1/2 to 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. Blend well!

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