How we spend our mornings sets the tone for the day. If we wake up calm and happy, the day tends to follow suit. If we wake up stressed and anxious, the rest of the day doesn't change much. One thing that can help our mornings is eating breakfast. Eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast can make many feel more alert, happier, and more focused. The problem is finding time to make breakfast before we rush out the door.
If there's no time to make a breakfast sandwich or warm some oatmeal, making a smoothie is the next best thing. They're filling, easy to make, and super nutritious. To make your morning easier, prepare your smoothies beforehand by placing the ingredients in separate baggies. Label the baggies and place them in the freezer. That way, in the morning all you have to do is dump one of the bags in the blender, pour in a to-go cup, and hit the road.
10 AN EASY-PEAZY MANGO SMOOTHIE
Eating Bird Food has a super tasty and easy smoothie to make that will make you feel like you're living on a private island somewhere.
All you'll need is a cup of frozen mango chunks, half a cup of Greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt), and a cup of almond milk! Pour all together in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Drink this in the car on the way to work and feel full and satisfied for hours.
9 BANANA HONEY SMOOTHIE
Sometimes the best smoothies are the simplest. While seeds and flavors and greens are good and all, sometimes we just don't have those ingredients in our kitchen. The next time you're low on ingredients, Spoonful of Kindness suggests blending one frozen banana with half a cup of almond milk and one tablespoon of honey or agave. It's sweet, it's filling, and totally simple.
8 YUMMY AND GREEN
Green juices and smoothies get a bad rep at times (mainly because they're green) but you're getting a fulfilling amount of greens in the form of a liquid! Why force down a headful of broccoli when you can sip your greens instead?
The Almond Eater says to blend two bananas with two cups of spinach, and one-fourth cup of almond milk. If you'd like a little more flavor to your smoothie (and the ingredients needed), throw some peanut butter or honey in there for some sweetness.
7 APPLE BANANA
If there are two fruits that most people have laying around their households, it's bananas and apples. They're two fruits that can be eaten whole or used for baking. Kevin and Amanda suggest peeling one banana and mixing it with one peeled apple, peanut butter, and some almond milk. If you prefer your smoothies colder, throw the apples and bananas in the freezer beforehand!
6 BLUEBERRY VANILLA
With a Blast has a delicious morning smoothie filled with antioxidants and vitamins. For a creamy berry experience, grab a cup and a half of frozen blueberries, four cups of vanilla yogurt, and two to three tablespoons of honey.
If the smoothie is too thick for you—due to the yogurt—have less yogurt and replace it with almond milk instead! Throw everything in a blender and you're good to go.
5 STRAWBERRY BANANA
Gimmie Delicious has one of the simplest and most delicious recipes on this list; all you need are three simple ingredients: bananas, strawberries, and almond milk. Cut up a banana and a cup of strawberries to keep frozen until you're ready to use them. And then when the mood strikes, dump it all in the blender with some milk. If you're looking for a little more nutrients, put a handful of spinach in here or some chia seeds for protein.
4 CHERRY ALMOND
Almonds are full of protein and are super tasty. There's a reason so many people love snacking on bags of salted almonds or sipping on almond milk. There's even almond butter for toast! Almonds has an awesome smoothie recipe consisting of a cup of frozen cherries, one cup of almond milk, and two tablespoons of almond butter.
Cherries are full of antioxidants and have the capability of limiting inflammation. You can buy real cherries and freeze them yourself or you can buy a bag of the frozen cherries in your grocery store.
3 ORANGE BANANA BERRY
Vitamix has a gorgeous smoothie that's not just flavorful but it's pretty to look at too. Using one (peeled) orange, one frozen banana, and a half cup of frozen berries, blend these together with either three-fourths cup of water or milk (depending on your taste). Throw a few berries on top as a garnish to make your morning smoothie look as good as it tastes. If you feel this smoothie is too tart, add a tablespoon of honey or agave to the mix to make it smoother.
2 TANGERINE PINEAPPLE BANANA
Hello Glow's recipe for this morning smoothie is bound to bring a little sunshine to your life. Whether it's summer or fall, how can you not look at the drink above and feel warmth?!
Grab two (peeled) tangerines and blend them with half a cup of frozen pineapple chunks and a frozen banana. The juices from the tangerines and pineapple will make this smoothie less thick, but if you need some additional help you can add half a cup (to a cup) of water or almond milk.
1 WATERMELON BASIL
This smoothie by Radiant Rachels is perfect for a warm day. Mixing watermelon with basil and coconut water, it's both refreshing and filling.
Buy a whole watermelon from the store and cut it into cubes. Throw those cubes in the freezer until you're ready to use them. In this case, grab five cups of cubed watermelon, half a cup of coconut water (you won't need much since watermelon has so much liquid already in it), and four large basil leaves.