Smoothies for breakfast are a great way to start the day, but make sure you aren’t sabotaging yourself later on by avoiding these pitfalls!
Making rabbit food smoothies
A lot of the time when we think of a breakfast smoothie, we think of a single piece of fruit—maybe a banana—and then some veggies and OJ. Imagine if that’s all you’d had for breakfast this morning…you wouldn’t be full for long!
Not adding in enough protein and fats
This goes along with the pitfall above. The way to avoid drinking a “rabbit food” smoothie is by adding in lots of healthy fats and protein! All of the smoothies below check this box. Healthy fats and protein are going to be energizing for much longer and keep you satiated throughout the morning.
Here are a few of our favorite protein/fat add-ins:
- Coconut milk - You can try this homemade vegan coconut cream from our blog!
- Coconut oil
- Nut butters – Think the kind that’s just one ingredient!
- Greek yogurt – Check the sugar content!
Making something you know you won’t like
For example, if you hate kale, don’t make a kale-based smoothie! It sounds so simple, but it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and convince yourself you’ll “make yourself like it.” Just go with something you do enjoy!
Drinking your sugar
Because we’re trying to make breakfast, not dessert! Your smoothie isn’t going to be “energizing” for long if it’s pure sugar. Sugar sneaks into smoothies in all sorts of ways, from huge helpings of fruit to sugary yogurt to protein powders, not to mention added sugar. Do what you can to cut out all of the added sugar and use ingredients that taste good without needing to be over-sweetened.
Not knowing yourself
Some people can feel completely satisfied drinking a smoothie for breakfast…some can’t. According to one study
, people tend to feel less satiated when they drink their calories rather than chewing them, even when the nutritional content is the exact same. Even though the smoothies below are loaded up with filling and satisfying ingredients, some people just won’t be content drinking their breakfast. Just be aware if you are one of those people! If not, no worries—you can still enjoy these smoothies as an energizing pre- or post-workout snack or a healthy dessert.
Side note: if you are using these smoothies as a pre-workout meal, try drinking them an hour or so before you start your workout to give your body adequate absorption time. Everyone’s body is different, though, so adjust that time if that hour leaves you feeling hungry or like there’s a rock in your stomach!