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Fresh Recipes: Energizing Breakfast Smoothies

Monday, March 19, 2018 7:11 AM

Mornings can be rough and sometimes there just isn’t enough coffee or tea in the world to wake us up. Instead of reaching for a sugar-loaded donut for a wake-up call, our dietitians share their favorite recipes for that morning boost.

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Mary Bennett, RD, LD, CDE, Registered Dietitian at NorthShore, shares her go-to single serving breakfast smoothie.

Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • 1 - 6 oz lite vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup of orange juice
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Jessica Hicks, MBA, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at NorthShore, likes to add Kefir to her smoothies to get a nice probiotic in. This recipe is great for nausea, thanks to the ginger and whey. 

Ginger Peach Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup peaches
  • 1 cup milk of choice (or Greek yogurt if not using protein)
  • ½ tsp fresh grated ginger
  • ½-1 tsp agave or honey
  • Ice
  • *Optional: vanilla or plain protein powder

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Lori Bumbaco, Oncology Dietitian at NorthShore, loves this on-the-go recipe that is perfect year-round. Make sure to let your green tea cool a little bit before you blend it – no one likes a warm smoothie!

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Berry Green Tea Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups green tea
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Kim Hammon, Registered Dietitian at NorthShore, likes to start her week with a nutritional smoothie that can be made with easy-to-find fruits. It’s a great way to sneak some veggies in for kids, too!

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Spinach Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cored apple, cubed
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?