I am guilty of not getting enough fruits and vegetables in my diet on a daily basis.
That said, smoothies are a great way to not only help you get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, but because you’re eating things that are good for you there is additional value with fiber, antioxidants, as long as you choose wisely when you make your smoothie.
Here is my recipe for a Blueberry Morning Smoothie that is perfect for busy moms, like myself, chasing kids and doing all the mom things. I am loving this smoothie.
One way to ensure you’re limiting as much sugar in your smoothie as possible is to avoid adding fruit juice to your smoothie recipe.
Instead add protein like yogurt (Greek yogurt), milk and even plant based milks like almond.
Also consider adding things like oats and seeds to increase the benefits of this all in one breakfast.
Ready to make your blueberry smoothie? Let’s gather up the ingredients.
Grab your favorite blender. I love this Ninja blender my mother-in-law bought for me. I am pretty sure she got it on QVC. I love it! Super handy and compact. Does not take up a lot of storage space in the cabinet.
1 c frozen strawberries
1/2 c frozen blueberries
1/3 cup raw oats
1 T chia seeds
1 cup almond milk (or coconut milk)
1 T honey
Add all of the ingredients to your blender.
Pop the lid on it and blend until smooth.
Pour it into your favorite glass and top with fruit.
I like to drink it through a straw or if it’s super thick, eat it with a spoon.
Super easy and super delicious.
Using frozen fruits will make it smooth and thick, which is how I like it.
I have ditched my morning coffee for a smoothie after being diagnosed with kidney stones.
I feel like a healthy smoothie like this is much better for my body than a cup of coffee.
Are Smoothies Good for You?
As long as you limit the sweet fruits smoothies are good for you.
If you pack a smoothie with things like bananas, apples, pineapple only, it is very likely to increase your blood sugar and potentially cause weight gain instead.
Add in some vegetables like spinach, avocado and kale to balance out the sweetness.
Also, including things like chia seeds, flax seed and oats are a great way to add nutritional value to your smoothie.
Can Smoothies be Made in a Food Processor?
If you do not have a blender you can use a food processor, but understand that the blades of the food processor are larger and it does not chop things the same way as a blender.
A blender is made specifically for blending liquids, which is why using a blender is ideal for a smoothie.
A food processor is ideally made for chopping solid foods like vegetables.
If the only thing you have is a food processor, it’s fine to use it, it will get the job done, it just won’t be as smooth.
Why Smoothies are Good for Breakfast
Smoothies make a great breakfast option when you’re looking for something that will fill you up and can be whipped together fast and requires no cooking.
Busy mamas love the no cooking part, right?
Smoothies are also a great way to get in more fruits and vegetables, just remember your smoothie does not have to be fruits only. Don’t limit yourself there.
I love being able to give my kiddos as many fruits and vegetables in a day as a can and a smoothie is a great way to make that happen. It can be a sneaky way to hide veggies they may not eat independently, too!
Want more blueberry recipes? I have tons of ways to use them up here on my site!
Want more of a tropical flavor breakfast smoothie? Take a look at our Strawberry Mango Smoothie. It’s amazing!