The 4 Best Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

Desperation drove me into a health food shop the other day. It was an unusual day regardless of the health shop. It was a day dressed up to look like #newyearnewme, the only thing missing was a towel slung around my shoulders and a bottle of green juice or one of my newly acquired healthy breakfast smoothies.

It was 9:30 in the morning. I had already been to a yoga class. I was wearing my new gym attire – leggings and a ‘breathable’ workout sports bra thing. And I was in the health shop looking for a nice healthy snack for this new, January version of me. If Ally from say 2018 could read this description of myself, she would think I was describing someone else – someone with different priorities to her anyway and hers were mainly baked goods. (Although, I still don’t know what a workout top is called – ‘bra thing’ will have to do.)

To go back to that desperation – I was absolutely ravenous. Early morning yoga classes aren’t particularly considerate of meal times, and does anyone really want to shiver as they choke down muesli at 7:30?

However, France isn’t famous for its health shops, is it? No one visits France to sample their kale and quinoa salads. My change in diet, albeit temporary, has been tricky to navigate in the land of butter and baguette. A morning snack should have been easy what with all the croissants and pain au chocolat ahem chocolatines for sale. And yet, here I am making life difficult for myself and that health food shop was disappointing and expensive, as they all are. At least it didn’t smell of cabbage soup. A plus.

New diets and meal plans are always topsy-turvy to begin with, they take adjustment and perseverance. Mine – an attempt at an anti-inflammatory diet – didn’t start simply because I’ve been eating too much bread and cheese and baking at least twice a week for the last six years, although they are all good reasons. I am also trying to reduce the rosacea that has appeared on my cheeks over the last few months – from my research, a diet overhaul is a great solution yet for a foodie, a gourmand, someone who lives to eat, there are hurdles. Frequent ravenousness is one. Hence the health food shop. Desperate times.

Despite the challenges, there have been some absolute pleasures I’ve found myself preparing and consuming and none more so than my new daily breakfasts: smoothies.

best breakfast smoothies

My morning routine now has a little ray of sunshine. After my morning admin, I take myself to the kitchen where I line up the ingredients – whatever fruit we have in the fruit bowl and tasty additions from the cupboards – chuck them into a jug and whiz it all up until it transforms into a brightly coloured liquid which I will then drink at alarming speed because they are so delicious. I’ll even use a straw. My smoothie game is serious.

So, what have been the best smoothies?

There have been many breakfast smoothies – some absolute disasters (there was a tahini beetroot monstrosity recently from which I will never recover) and some which can only be described as a chef’s kiss. They have covered all the categories – creamy, fruity, light and juicy, spicy, and after each, most importantly, I feel satisfied (until lunchtime, that is).

The ingredients in most of my best smoothies include:

  • Oats – for heft, to pad them out, and most importantly, to fill me up
  • FlaxseedI was amazed to learn what a nutritional little seed this is, and they now go in everything
  • Fruit or vegetables – for flavour, sweetness and, of course, to tick them off my list of five a day. A great convenience is out of season frozen fruit which, when blended, provides a nice thick consistency
  • Ground spices – Turmeric and ginger are, just like those miniature health capsules flaxseeds, packed with goodness, particularly anti-inflammatory benefits. Just a pinch in a smoothie doesn’t change the taste

Beyond that, I’ve been having a wild time and the kitchen has been covered in more residual smoothie than ever before. Without further ado, here are my favourites, the four best healthy breakfast smoothies:

Peanut butter, banana & oat smoothie

Naturally, peanut butter and banana are together somewhere on this list. Like Torvill and Dean, Ant and Dec, Lennon and McCartney they are a double act that simply belongs together. Add oats which we already know is a lively partner to banana and some cinnamon for sparkle and we’re in business – you have the Beatles of healthy breakfast smoothies.

For extra creaminess, I added a little coconut milk (not the coconut milk drink, I mean the real coconut milk that you’d use in a curry) and it’s morphed into a dessert – it’s certainly a breakfast I hop out of bed for at any rate.

Peanut butter, banana & oat breakfast smoothie

Sweet, indulgent and comforting. A smoothie you will drink at speed because peanut butter and banana are so utterly delicious together.
Feel free to add a handful of spinach or kale to this smoothie should you crave extra nutrients in the morning.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: banana, cinnamon, coconut milk, oats, peanut butter
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 10 g rolled oats
  • 1 tsp flaxseed
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 15 g peanut butter
  • 30 ml coconut milk
  • 120 ml water

Instructions

  • Break the banana into chunks and put in a jug or blender. Add all the remaining ingredients.
  • Whiz in a blender or with a hand blender until smooth and thick.
  • Pour into a glass and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a straw.

Basil and passion fruit green goddess smoothie

If you are looking for fresh, this green goddess smoothie is the answer.

‘Green goddess’ is usually associated with salad dressing but I would like you to put aside your preconceptions – luckily this smoothie is nothing like salad dressing. However, it makes you feel like the goddess of health as you drink it, cradling a cornucopia of goodness in your arms.

Here we have a breakfast smoothie that resembles a juice. It is refreshing and light and an ideal thirst quencher after some exercise or simply to sip while fantasising about a holiday somewhere, those flavours of passion fruit, basil and cucumber transporting you from the middle of bleak winter to a warm and sunny paradise.

Basil & passionfruit green goddess smoothie

This smoothie is more like a juice due to the cucumber's juicy water content. Don't be alarmed by the addition of broccoli here, with all the passion fruit, basil and honey, the taste goes unnoticed yet it brings lively colour and nutrition.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: basil, broccoli, cucumber, flax seeds, passion fruit
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 45 g cucumber
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 20 g raw broccoli
  • 1 tsp flaxseed
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 15 g good-quality honey
  • 120 ml cold water

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the cucumber into half moons and place in a jug or blender. Halve the passion fruit and scoop all the fruity centre into the jug or blender. Chop the broccoli into small florets, small enough to blend easily.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and whiz in a blender or with a hand blender until liquid and fairly smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

Fiery beetroot, berry & ginger smoothie

Don’t let the seductive fuchsia of this smoothie fool you, she’s got a punch to her!

Beetroot brings the sweetness in this smoothie, counterbalancing the berries’ tang and that spicy warmth from the ginger. Plus there is turmeric and black pepper sprinkled in here too, increasing the heat and making this smoothie very healthy indeed. If you feel a bit bloated or if you’ve been over-doing it with all the creamy breakfast smoothies and shakes, this beetroot and berry smoothie is the answer – it’s refreshing and cleansing and we all need a bit of fire sometimes, especially on a Monday morning.

Fiery beetroot, berry & ginger smoothie

Most ginger teas come as 'ginger and lemon' or 'ginger and turmeric' so add whatever you have in your tea caddy. If you don't have a stray ginger tea bag, replace the tea with water and add a small grating of fresh ginger (but don't go overboard, this smoothie doesn't need to set your mouth on fire!)
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: beetroot, berries, ginger, oats, turmeric
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 30 g cooked beetroot
  • 15 g frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tsp flaxseed
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 10 g rolled oats
  • 70 ml ginger tea cooled
  • 15 ml water

Instructions

  • Cut the cooked beetroot into small chunks so that it blends easily. Add all the smoothie ingredients to a jug or blender.
  • Blend the smoothie in a blender or with a hand blender until smooth so all the oats are blended.
  • Pour into a glass and serve with a straw.

Creamy tahini, coffee & walnut shake

Here we have an anomaly: there’s a shake on this list. A shake is essentially a blended drink that doesn’t depend on fruit pulp as a thickener or for flavour, and is usually creamier. That is certainly the case for this tahini, coffee and walnut number. Blend tahini and oats and you have a thick, velvety drink without any need for milk or cream.

best breakfast smoothies

Full of filling oats and that edifying shot of caffeine, this smoothie is a 2 in 1 when it comes to your morning intake – breakfast and coffee in one and it’s also creamy, soothing and delicious which helps.

I felt guilty without one of my five a day in here, so there’s a quarter of an avocado to make myself feel better. With all the spices, tahini and the coffee, the avocado simply adds to the thick creaminess and helps you to avoid guilt.

Creamy tahini, coffee & walnut shake

A creamy dreamy shake is an alternative option to start the day, and this shake is a great vehicle for your morning coffee.
Proceed cautiously with the cardamom, add a little then taste and maybe add more, but combined with the tahini and coffee it is essential, giving a delicious warmth and flavours similar to Turkish coffee.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: avocado, cardamom, coffee, maple syrup, oats, tahini, walnuts
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 100 ml double espresso or 125ml black coffee (americano, filter etc)
  • 10 g walnuts
  • 1 cardamom pod bashed to release the seeds, you won't need them all
  • 15 g rolled oats
  • 10 ml tahini
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ ripe avocado
  • 20 ml maple syrup
  • 100 ml cold water
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Brew your coffee, pour into a glass and cool in the fridge while you make the smoothie, or ideally, make it the night before.
  • Break the walnuts into small chunks and extract the cardamom seeds – add only half of the seeds, along with the walnuts, to a jug or blender. Add all the smoothie ingredients except the coffee.
  • Whiz in a blender or with a hand blender until smooth and creamy. Add half the cold coffee, blend again then pour it all into a glass. Add the rest of the coffee and stir to swirl through the smoothie, then serve with a straw and sprinkled with salt.

So, as you can see, I’ve been having a lot of fun with the hand blender recently. Healthy breakfasts in France might not be easy to come by (unless you count a coffee and cigarette as a healthy breakfast) so my morning breakfast smoothies have been a god-send. I’m not French yet.

15 responses to “The 4 Best Healthy Breakfast Smoothies”

  1. Diana Avatar

    They all look and sound delicious!

    1. Nigella Eats Everything Avatar

      Oh thank you! A lot of smoothie was drunk for the making of this blog post haha

  2. Tablewine Avatar

    I really like the idea of a peanut butter and banana smoothie. Yum.

    1. Nigella Eats Everything Avatar

      It is really quite addictive! Far too easy to drink!

  3. Eha Avatar

    Hello from Australia! Stemming from northern European background breakfast has always tended to be smoked or pickled fish on dark grainy bread accompanied by a mug of strong black coffee. . . For a long time have looked at and wondered at a possible partial change to a healthy ‘meal in a glass’. You suggestions one and all tickle my palate . . . shall try and see 🙂 !

    1. Nigella Eats Everything Avatar

      Hello! Thank you for your lovely comment, yes the northern European breakfast always sounds quite delicious actually, much more satisfying than cereal I bet! And I agree, a glass of something filling and tasty for brekkie is quite liberating haha, definitely worth experimenting with the hand blender!

  4. BERNADETTE Avatar

    Thanks for some great recipes Ally.

    1. Nigella Eats Everything Avatar

      Thank you so much Bernadette, I hope you have a chance to try them! And likewise, I’m definitely going to make your nutella stuffed dates recipe!

  5. Awakening Wonders Avatar

    I love these smoothie recipes – do you have a favorite?

    1. Nigella Eats Everything Avatar

      Thank you! Ooh good question, quite possibly the peanut butter and banana, you can’t go wrong with a classic, but I also rather love the basil and passion fruit! Do you have a favourite smoothie flavour (in general)? (I’ll note it down for future blog updates haha)

  6. Max Ethan Avatar

    I really like the idea of a peanut butter and banana smoothie. Yum. Thanks for sharing recipes.

    1. Nigella Eats Everything Avatar

      That smoothie is honestly addictive, thank goodness it’s healthy! Aw my pleasure!

  7. Sham Ram Avatar

    I absolutely love peanut butter and banana smoothies. They are my go-to choice whenever I need a quick and satisfying breakfast or snack. I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares to my usual recipe.

    1. Nigella Eats Everything Avatar

      Me too! What is it about peanut butter and banana, they’re clearly soul mates. Oooh yes, I’d love to hear about your recipe, what do you usually add?

  8. Forbes Times Avatar

    I absolutely love peanut butter and banana smoothies. They are my go-to choice whenever I need a quick and satisfying breakfast or snack. I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares to my usual recipe.

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