Three perfectly balanced breakfast smoothies

Three perfectly balanced breakfast smoothies

Breakfast tends to be a quick meal just before rushing out of the house – a bit of buttered toast and a cup of coffee, right? But breakfast, being the first meal of the day, has a huge impact on our blood sugar levels and on what we eat (and crave!) throughout the day.

Poaching eggs and making porridge might be a big ask at 7am but how about making a nutrient-packed smoothie? It takes all of 5 min and all you’ve got to do is chop some veg and let the blender do the hard work while you go and get some make-up on.

Just a couple of important tips though. If you are having a smoothie for breakfast, make sure it is a balanced meal, so add some protein (yogurt, nuts, seeds, avocado) and good healthy fats (avocado, flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds, nut butter, coconut milk) to keep you well away from that 11am coffee and pain-au-chocolat.

Oh and do not make it too sweet: no honey/maple/agave syrup and not too much fruit!

Here are my 5 steps to breakfast smoothie perfection:

1- Choose a liquid base: milk, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water. No juice though as it’s full of sugar!
2- Choose ONE or TWO veg: spinach, cucumber, beetroot, celery, kale, etc
2- Add ONE fruit MAX: berries, citrus, apples, pears, papaya and once in a while mango, banana, pineapple as they are rather hugh in sugar.
3- Choose a protein: soaked nuts, milled seed: mint, parsley, ginger, turmeric,
4- Add some nutrient-packed foods if you like: spirulia, matcha, acai powder, raw cocoa, etc
5- Add some ice, it helps with the blending!