Top 3 Smoothies to Start the Day

I am a complete sucker for having smoothies to start the day. During my work week, I do intermittent fasting which means I get all my calories in within an eight-hour period. I start eating at 11.30am which means my lunch break is only an hour later. I’ll usually start with a protein shake packed full of nutrients and I always seem to come back to these three. They are my all-time, top three smoothies to start the day with and I usually alternate them so that I don’t get bored.

Most of my creations come by just throwing a few key ingredients in a blender and seeing what happens. I start with either water or a non-dairy milk base along with some Greek yoghurt and protein. I’ll then add some fruit and something good for my gut. The easiest way to pack in more vitamins and minerals is to use some powdered versions or to add in some greens like spinach or kale. As long as you’re adding some fruit, you generally can’t taste the greens.

I’ve found that the cheapest way to add in gut loving powders is with the Funktional Foods range that you can get for less than five pounds in Aldi! My favourites are the Green Superblend Powder, Maca Powder and the Cacao Powder. Each has its own individual benefits but for me, I find that I have more energy, my skin is clearer and my general health just feels so much better. I tend to use my chocolate one for baking rather than in my smoothies as it can be slightly bitter.

Smoothies to Start the Day

Banoffee Pie Smoothie

If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth and love bananas, this one is for you!

smoothies to start the day

You will need:

  • 150ml of cold water
  • Half a banana
  • 40g 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tsp Funktional Foods maca powder
  • 4 drops of MyProtein Flavdrops in toffee
  • 1 tbsp of Walden Farms Near Zero Caramel Syrup (optional)

 

Whizz these all up in a blender and drink with some ice. Sometimes I’ll freeze my bananas to give the smoothie a thicker texture. The maca powder helps combat fatigue with iron and vitamin B6 so it’s great for a mid-morning boost after my caffeine cut-off at 11 am. Using Flavdrops and caramel syrup adds two different sweet flavours but you could just use one. Just double your quantities if you choose to only use one in order to get the best flavour.

Nutritional Info (approx): 195kcals, Protein: 27.2g, Carbs: 17.8g, Fat: 1.9g.

Mango and Supergreens

One of the juiciest smoothies (pictured in the featured image) to start the day with supergreens to help heal you from the inside out!

smoothies to start the day

You will need:

  • 150ml of cold water
  • 100g mango chunks (frozen)
  • 40g 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tsp Funktional Foods Superblend Greens
  • 25g spinach

 

Again, the frozen fruit is optional but I prefer these smoothies icy cold. If you’re using fresh mango, use half the amount and only about 100ml of water otherwise it will be very liquidy. This also works well with pineapple instead or combined. The Funktional Foods Superblend Greens helps to reduce tiredness too along with aiding the immune, nervous and digestive systems. I also add a little extra spinach to thicken it up. You can’t really taste it so, why not? I also find that when I have supergreens in my diet every day, my skin is so much clearer and brighter.

Nutritional Info (approx): 213kcals, Protein: 25.3g, Carbs: 21g, Fat: 1.9g.

Pineapple and coconut

If you’re a Disney World fan like me, this reminds me of my beloved Dole Whip!

Smoothies to start the day

You will need:

  • 150ml of coconut milk
  • 100g pineapple chunks (frozen)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp Funktional Foods Maca Powder
  • 5g desiccated coconut
  • Splash of water

 

This is one of my favourite smoothies to have just after a run too. It’s the perfect tropical mix and is actually really good as an ice cream if you eliminate the liquids when you’re blending. Perfectly sweet and creamy for a slight Disney Dole Whip taste. If you take out the protein and switch coconut milk for pineapple juice, it’s pretty good with a bit of rum in too. A healthy and great summer drink to cool down with in the garden.

Nutritional Info (approx): 220kcals, Protein: 18.3g, Carbs: 17.8g, Fat: 8g.

You don’t necessarily need an expensive blender to make these smoothies to start the day, but a powerful one helps when using frozen fruit. If you don’t have one available to you, either use fresh fruit or let your frozen fruit defrost a little first. If you try any out, let me know how you found them or what your favourite smoothies are. I’m always looking for some morning inspiration!

See also: 5 Easy to Make Breakfasts at Work