Breakfast can make or break your day. Instead of starting it with empty calories that will leave you hangry and sluggish by 10am, grab one of these healthy breakfast smoothies for a filling + satisfying breakfast that will successfully fuel your day!
Breakfast smoothies combine protein, healthy fats and carbs to bring you a well rounded breakfast.
Starting my day with a green smoothie is a no-brainer. Yet, not all green smoothies offer the same types of nutrients + protein + natural sugar. So I’ve created the perfect breakfast smoothie formula, as well as am sharing my fav healthy breakfast smoothies for weight loss.
These smoothies trigger the metabolism to start working. They contain a mix of ingredients that work together with my body, instead of against it.
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Are Breakfast Smoothies Good for Weight Loss?
A plant based breakfast smoothie, when made the right way, can help the body burn fat as well as build muscle. Most ‘breakfast foods’ in grocery stores today (I’m looking at you, colorful cereal aisle), contain complex, or refined carbs.
And no, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these! I’m technically a plant powered foodie. I eat mostly plants, yet won’t say no to a slice of NY style pizza or homemade ice cream.
Refined carbs found in most cereals typically lead to:
- A quick surge of energy, then a sugar crash
- Serious health conditions such as Type II Diabetes and heart disease
- Multiple, unknown ingredients that are overly processed
- Unhealthy increases in weight
Thankfully, there’s a better way to breakfast.
Creating a healthy Breakfast Smoothie
A breakfast protein smoothie can provide sustainable energy without the crash through simple, whole food carbs. They also contain necessary fiber to break down those carbs, along with healthy fats.
These natural fats help the body feel full, minimizing cravings throughout the day. Breakfast smoothies for weight loss are super easy to create, taste incredible, and are for real healthy. Kale yeah!
The 4 recipes highlighted below are delicious, yet don’t be afraid to create your own breakfast smoothies too! Here are a few tips to becoming a smoothie creating machine.
- Follow the 1.5-1-1 rule for how to make a smoothie: this means 1.5 cups of fruit, 1 cup leafy greens, 1 cup liquid
- To stay full longer + have sustainable energy, boost that smoothie with a healthy fat + protein, like a homemade protein powder
- Use seasonal fruits as well as veggies to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to nutrients
Kickstart Healthy Habits Through Food
Another way to kick-start healthy eating habits is by utilizing whole foods to help the body reset. Check out my Seasonal Cleanse for a week-long cleanse that will get you on your way to whole body health. I don’t believe in weight loss through deprivation, instead I want to fuel my body the right way through energy-filled food.
4 Healthy Breakfast Smoothies
Here’re my top 4 fav breakfast smoothie recipes that instantly take my morning from drab to fab at first sip. I’ve formulated them with ingredients that maximize both the weight loss benefits, as well as a clean boost of energy.
Do any of these breakfast smoothies for weight loss have you running for the kitchen? I’d love for you to comment below with which one you’re going to blend today, then leave a tip or two from your healthy breakfast routine!
Psst…before we get blending, wanna know a secret? You can increase the protein in the recipe below from 8.6 g to a whopping 18.6 g – and it’s super easy!
My plant-based, homemade protein powder is a great way to do that without adding extra sugar or artificial ingredients. Normally you’re supposed to keep a secret to yourself, but you totally have my permission to tell your friends about this one.
Here’s my fav breakfast smoothie to make that fuels me up and keeps me full all morning long:
Prepping Healthy Breakfasts
If you’re like me, then busy mornings typically lead to the most unhealthy breakfasts for you too. If you want to eat healthy even on your busiest of days, then prep is key! I’ve got a great smoothie prep guide, which I ACTUALLY use on the regular. Pre-prepped breakfast smoothies are my go-to.
Prepping smoothies ahead and in bulk saves you time and money, as well as paves the way for healthier choices throughout your day. So prep this whole list of smoothies, or pick a few of your favs and fill that freezer with a produce rainbow of goodness!
Complex carbs are not refined carbs, they come from whole grains. I think there’s a typo up there!
That being said, my husband and I love all of your smoothie recipes!
Hi EmKay! Thanks for catching that, so glad y’all have enjoyed the smoothies!
Really good, great taste, used baby kale, unsweetened almond milk frozen straw babanas
Keep on rawkin it!
I’m allergic to almonds. Can I use oat milk or soy milk and peanut butter?
Great question Jessica. You absolutely can! These recipes are very forgiving when it comes to swapping out the liquid base with one that works better for you, as well as different nut butters when needed. Happy breakfasting!
Use rice milk
This Smoothie is amazing and works fast on melting fat.
23g of sugar and only 8.6g of protein? This doesn’t sound healthy to me.
Most of our lower sugar options for smoothies contain around 20g of sugar. The diff is those sugars are natural and mostly from the fruit in the smoothie. Each smoothie contains ~1.5 cups of fruit and according to USDA dietary guidelines, an adult consuming 2,000 calories per day should be eating two cups of fruit per day. In addition, a serving of fruit usually contains no more than 20 grams of sugar (compared to 40 grams in a can of soda), has fiber and has nutrients like vitamin C. So you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. The fiber in the fruit helps your body to process the natural sugar contained in that same fruit. To up the protein content to 18.6 g, you can toss in 1 serving of our homemade protein powder.
If this is still a bit too much sugar for you, feel free to flip the ratio of leafy greens to fruits.
Such a yummy and filling breakfast! 🙂
Using a green smoothie as a meal replacement helps me manage my weight, fuel my body, and are just down right delicious!
I love this recipe! It’s delicious and keeps me full all morning.
Thank you for taking the time to break down what a “healthy” smoothie actually is. I’ve been blending for awhile now and always hungry and I was totally missed the protein/fat combo. So thanks for that! And of course- I loved the recipe too. 🙂
While I’m not looking to lose weight, I love the recipes from this post as more filling breakfast options. I don’t always feel full from green smoothies, yet these are great + filling, which helps me out with the mid morning hungries.
Oooh yes! Mid-morning hungries must be avoided! So glad these recipes helped and we love that you saw their value for more than just weight loss too. 🙂
Just a quick question – Many smoothies have bananas as an ingredient. I can’t eat bananas – what are some options to replace bananas in smoothie recipes? Bananas are a very strong migraine trigger for me.
You are totally not alone, Elaine! Lots of rawkstars can’t do bananas, yet there are good swaps for them in any recipe. We like avocado best because, while it doesn’t add sweetness, it replaces the creaminess you get from banana. If its a more tropical-leaning smoothie, you can toss some mango in to replace banana. Papaya, pears, unsweetened applesauce, nut butters, fresh dates, and chia seeds all work well too; it all depends on the type of recipe (smoothie, baked goods, etc.). Let us know your fave!