4 Satisfying Breakfast Smoothies for All Day Energy

Jennifer O'Donnell-Giles | November 30, 2017

Having a smoothie for breakfast can either provide a convenient and nutritious start to the day or give you a sugar surge and leave you hungry for a second breakfast after just 15 minutes. There are guidelines to follow when making a smoothie that’s effective in terms of healthy weight management, satiety, performance, and many other overall health effects.

Here’s the trick: adding the right amount and right kinds of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and fiber will keep you satisfied and your body at peak performance. It also allows you to be more creative with your combinations of nutrient-rich ingredients so that you never get bored. I’ve created a short list of examples for you to use the next time you make a NutriBullet smoothie. Add at least one item from each column into your NutriBullet and blend. Think about what flavor combinations you’d enjoy and have fun experimenting!

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a great starting point for your nutritious and satiating breakfast smoothies to power up your day from the start!

Here are some of my favorite ways to start my day. Simply combine all the ingredients in your NutriBullet and blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth.

Classic Green Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • Ice

Pumpkin-Banana Smoothie

  • 1 scoop whey protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ¼ cup organic canned pumpkin
  • 1 banana
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Ice

Chocolate Raspberry Shake

  • 10 almonds
  • 1 tbsp all-natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen peaches
  • ½ tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1 banana

Morning Muesli Smoothie

  • ½ cup toasted oats (bake uncooked oats in the oven for 10 minutes or until browned)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 10 pecans
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder
  • 1 banana

Your breakfast smoothie can either be a sugar bomb or your key to good health and peak performance throughout the day. Get creative with your flavor combinations and remember to add a balance of nutrients so that you’re well on your way to a healthier and more energized you!

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Jennifer O'Donnell-Giles

Jenn Giles, R.D., C.S.S.D. is all about health and wellness. She has over 15 years’ experience, including a dual master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She supplements all of this with her spin instructor certification and USATriathlon Level I Coach Certification.

Jennifer is passionate about (actually, obsessed with) the sport of triathlon. She has been personally participating in triathlons since 2000 and running road races since 1992. She is a two-time Ironman finisher and has completed countless numerous marathons. She has been a member of Power Bar Team Elite since 2006 and competed as a member of the 2006 Aquaphor/Active.com Sponsored Athlete Team. She was ranked as USAT All American Honorable mention in 2006 and 2011. Jennifer does all of this along side of her husband, Patrick, who is an equally accomplished triathlete and runner. They try as hard as they can to do all of their training and racing together.

She will tell you, however, that her most important, most rewarding and most challenging job is as a mother of four. She knows first hand the challenges of maintaining optimal fitness, overall good health and achieving goals while raising a family - of which good nutrition is the cornerstone.

Most importantly, she knows how to motivate, inspire and challenge athletes based on their own abilities, strengths and everyday lifestyles. She believes there is an athlete in everyone - no matter what their abilities are – and if those abilities are manifold, then there is an even better athlete in there!

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