Supercharge your morning with this refreshing and nutritious breakfast fruit smoothie to get your day started on the right foot!
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Breakfast is a tricky thing. Often times our mornings can be rush-rush-rush trying to get here or there, or sometimes we’re so tired and dragging because we stayed up late the night before. Either way, it’s usually hard to feel motivated to make anything fancy or elaborate for breakfast. Hence, cereal often times ends up being the ‘go-to’ in this house.
The down side to that is that we’re all usually hungry again about an hour later, and right back where we started.
Enter the breakfast smoothie.
Smoothies are easily my most favorite drink. Or food. And sometimes even dessert. 😝 They’re refreshing, filling, not heavy on the stomach, and they’re a treat for the taste buds! Winner all around!
I love smoothies at any time of the day, but a breakfast smoothie is especially nice to kick me into a good mood and a healthy frame of mind.
There’s about a gazillion different ways to make a smoothie–and I don’t know that any of them could ever be wrong! Well, I take that back. My daughters did a smoothie challenge once and ended up with things like bell peppers and chocolate together in a smoothie. It was NOT a pleasant affair. I can still recmember the overwhelming smell of the bell pepper and it *may* make me slightly want to vomit any time I think about it. Sooo… you know… I guess you COULD mess up a smoothie, but odds are you’ll be just fine as long as you leave the bell peppers out. 😜
Classic Fruit Smoothie
Today I’m sharing with you one of my go-to smoothie recipes. I almost always have the ingredients on hand to make this smoothie, and I make it pretty often. It has a classic fruity flavor, so all my kids enjoy it. And I always make sure to ramp up the nutrition by adding lots of healthy green spinach and whey for probiotics (and the kids don’t even know the difference)! Mom win!
To make this delicious breakfast smoothie, you’re gonna need:
- a good blender –I love my Vitamix
- ripe bananas –and I don’t even hesitate to use the extra over ripe ones either!
- frozen fruit –I prefer pineapple or a mixed fruit of peaches, mango, pineapple, and strawberries
- frozen blueberries
- fresh spinach –don’t skip this! It may make the final color a little less beautiful, but this is what helps give the smoothie some ‘staying’ power so you feel full longer!
- orange juice concentrate
- and some liquid –I love to use leftover whey if I’ve recently made homemade yogurt (it adds great probiotics, plus some extra flavor to the smoothie!), but plain ol’ water will do the trick as well 😉
Fresh vs. Frozen Fruit
Yes, you can absolutely use fresh fruit instead of frozen in a smoothie. I grew up in southern California and “fresh” is just what you do there. BUT. if you do, you will need to add some ice to your smoothie… which I will say can tend to dilute it a bit… which means you may not enjoy it as much… and then you’ll blame me. 😂 So maybe just do us all a favor and use frozen fruit??? Your call.
My personal favorite reason for frozen fruit is that it’s already prepped and ready to throw in the blender. Did I mention my mornings can be crazy? (Well, ANY time of my day can be crazy.) Simple is better.
Not to mention, frozen is the next best thing to fresh in terms of nutrition and quality. I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing any of the beneficial nutrients when I use frozen ingredients (vs. canned) that I would have gotten from fresh ingredients. So that’s another win.
Shout out to Blenders
And I can’t write a smoothie post without giving a shout out to the importance of a good blender. There’s a HUGE difference between your basic blender and a heavy duty blender when you’re making a smoothie. I don’t know that I would have ever started enjoying smoothies as much if I was making them in a cheap blender. Don’t get me wrong… I am ALL about frugal living and saving my pennies. But there are some things in life that I am just willing to spend the extra bucks on. A good blender is one of them.
One Christmas, many moons ago, Hubby surprised me with a BlendTec blender (similar to this one). It was a used one that he’d found on Craiglist from a smoothie shop… so that thing was legit! Up until that point, I’d only ever had rather inexpensive blenders. And I still enjoyed making the occasional smoothie with those blenders, but you always get a little crunch of the ice, or some texture from the fruit… things that just kind of hinder the whole smoothie experience. But that BlendTec turned me into a smoothie-holic from day 1. It could get the smoothie so dang… well, SMOOTH! From then on, I’ve made the decision to always buy a quality blender.
I’m currently using a Vitamix, which we purchased after my Blendtec finally bit the dust a couple years back. I love them both. I highly recommend them both. They’re pretty equal in price, and pretty equal in performance. If I HAD to choose between the two, I think I liked my Blendtec a little better. But that was a smoothie shoppe model, so I don’t know that it’s a fair comparison?
Anyway, if you enjoy smoothies and want a good homemade experience with them, start saving your pennies and invest in a quality blender. You’ll be happy you did.
And now for the recipe!
Refreshing Breakfast Fruit Smoothie
This recipe makes enough for me to have a BIG full cup, and my kids to all have some as well. If you don’t need that much, simply cut the recipe in half. And you can always save the rest in the fridge to drink later. 😉
- Start with two ripe bananas in the bottom of your blender. Add about 1-2 cups of whey (if you have it) or water.
- Add about 2 cups of frozen fruit and blueberries… but I will be honest and say that I never measure. Just eyeball it. You’ll be fine.
- Add about 1/3 cup of orange juice concentrate. Again… don’t measure. Start on the small end (maybe about 1/4 cup?) and if you find your smoothie needing some extra flavor, add an additional scoop or two at the end.
- Top it off with some fresh spinach. Any guesses if I measure or not?? Nope! I just stuff it in the blender until I’ve reached the top! (But I’d say it’s usually around 1 1/2 cups packed spinach.)
- Put the lid on and blend blend blend until beautifully smooth.
- Give it a taste test. Add more liquid if it’s too thick; more orange juice concentrate if it’s not lively enough; more frozen fruit if it’s too runny… you get the idea… and blend again.
- Pour it into your favorite cups and drink it through your favorite straws. Because you can.
I sure hope you enjoy this refreshing start to your day! Or blend one up for an afternoon pick-me-up, or an after-dinner treat. It’s a great addition to ANY time of your day.
Refreshing Breakfast Fruit Smoothie
- High Quality Blender
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 cups whey or water
- 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- In a high quality blender, start with your ripe bananas.
- Add your liquid (whey or water), then add the frozen fruit and blueberries.
- Add the orange juice concentrate, and top with fresh spinach.
- Blend until smooth. Taste test. Add any additional liquid, fruit, or concentrate as needed. (And blend again if needed.)
- Serve cold! Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 day.