Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

A refreshing start to the day can do a body good — especially if you incorporate it into your morning routine every day. Here are some ideas for how to make healthy breakfast smoothies, plus some of our favorite smoothie recipes.

by Pamela Killeen


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It feels like we’ve all been through the ringer with this pandemic. And like some (many?) (most?) of you, at times I’ve struggled with trying to stay positive and healthy, while craving connection and comfort (foods!). I confess that I’ve had my moments – it’s been a roller coaster of emotions and some days are better than others. But one thing I’ve made sure to do, which I believe has helped me through this time, somewhat, is to stick with my morning routine.

After waking, I walk or exercise, and I always make my bed, shower, dress, and put on just a little makeup — but that’s not really what I’m talking about. It’s my food routine, and really it’s about starting my day with a smoothie full of good-for-you stuff. Eating the colors of the rainbow and foods with known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties is what I focus on (at least to start my day). Of course, French press coffee comes after… and later sometimes comfort food…

But back to business. The first thing I do is take down my blender. (And pssst, I don’t own a Vitamix or a NutriBullet, but I’ve used both and those are the blenders I would recommend if you’re in the market for one.) After that, it’s your choice what kind of smoothie you make. These days, I make one of three fruit smoothies (from Liver Rescue or Thyroid Healing), with some combination of bananas, wild blueberries, pitaya (aka dragon fruit), orange, mango, cilantro, and ginger. I’ve done protein powder smoothies (I prefer pea protein) with a variety of fruit and veggie add-ins, maybe some Greek or nut milk yogurt, matcha, collagen powder, spirulina, you get the idea. It comes down to your palate and your choice of what you want to add in – I’d say, just try to stick with things that don’t include any (or minimal) added sugar. And as far as which liquid to add – for my smoothies I use organic coconut water, but if I was making a protein powder or a yogurt-based smoothie, I’d probably opt for a nut milk, and fresh fruit juices can be good in smoothies, too.

We haven’t even talked about smoothie bowls yet. Some people prefer a thick version of a smoothie that’s spoonable. It’s not really my thing, but almost any smoothie can be made thicker and turned into a smoothie bowl by using less liquid. Or, I’ve developed several smoothie bowl recipes that you might enjoy, and they’re already kitchen-tested. We also have a few smoothie recipes you might like to check out, too, below.

Let me end by saying, I’m not a medical professional, and what works for me might not work for you. At the end of the day, I just hope you’re staying healthy, and I’d love to think that I’ve possibly inspired you — or one of our recipes has inspired you — to pull down your blender to start buzzing up some nutrient-rich fruits and veggies so you can start your day off right.

Kitchen-Tested Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Smoothie Bowls:


Mocha-Almond Smoothie Bowl

Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

Mango Smoothie Bowl

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

Tropical Fruit Smoothie Bowls

Beet & Berries Smoothie Bowls

Green Smoothie Bowls



Mango Smoothies

Purple Power Smoothie with blueberries & soy

Mango Tea Smoothie

Banana Malt Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pineapple Smoothies with banana & lime

Peach-Raspberry Smoothies

Lychee & Raspberry Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana Smoothies

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