The Breakfast Smoothie

Author Lauren Manganiello, MS, RDN, CDN


  1. Know what’s in your smoothie. This is why I like to make my own with no “surprise” ingredients. If you tend to buy them, be sure to know the ingredients used. Lots of places will add sugar, artificial sweeteners and food dyes — things we can do without.
  2. Choose a base. Is it milk (cows milk or milk alternative)? Is it water? Or even tea?
  3. Choose a “creamer”. No not actual creamer. Choose an ingredient that will make it creamy. My favorite “creamers” are avocado, banana or greek yogurt.
  4. Choose a source of protein. Whether it’s protein powder, nut butter, greek yogurt or tofu (yes that’s not a typo), add it to your smoothie. It’ll keep you full for longer and also keep your blood sugar stable (win-win). Ps – the yogurt and tofu can double up as “creamers”
  5. Add a sweetener. Your best option here would be fruit because it’s naturally sweet. The riper the fruit, the sweeter the taste. I like bananas, raspberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple or cherries.
  6. Optional: Add some greens! Adding spinach will add valuable nutrients without changing the flavor. Just the color might be a big brighter.
  7. Add your toppings. Oats. Nuts. Homemade granola. It’s all good 🙂

Recipe Notes

There you have it. You can even get the ingredients together the night before and even if you wake up 5 minutes before you head out the door, you still have breakfast ready to go and brain power to tackle your busy day.