Every time I want to lose weight, I start having this breakfast smoothie at least four times per week. I don’t know about your experience, but I always have success with this “diet” (no more pastry, phyllo dough pies, pancakes, just oats or quinoa for breakfast. While oatmeal is my first choice in winter, I like to enjoy this breakfast smoothie in summer.
Is it healthy to have a smoothie for breakfast?
There are hundreds of smoothie recipes, and not all of them are a complete meal. Some of them are more like a snack, a handful of fruits with a cup of yogurt or milk. This smoothie recipe has enough nutrients and calories to be considered as full breakfast. You get fiber, protein, vitamins, fatty acids. What do you need more to start your day?
As you probably don’t want to eat the same thing every single morning, the good news is that you can easily tweak this breakfast smoothie. One day you can put almonds, the other day walnuts. You can use different types of berries.
This breakfast smoothie is also vegan friendly, because you can use oat yogurt instead of regular yogurt.
What do you put in a breakfast smoothie?
For this smoothie, I have the same base (oats, yogurt, banana) but I change other ingredients. As this is breakfast smoothie, it is thicker than usual smoothies, but you can easily change the consistency by adding more yogurt or less oats or banana.
Oats – I use quick oats or rolled oats when making smoothies. Everything is processed nicely in a blender, so there’s no big difference.
Yogurt– If you are a vegan you can use plant-based yogurt such as oat yogurt. I use regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is too thick for smoothies but goes well with granola. If you use thicker yogurt and your blender won’t work, add some milk to it.
Fresh banana – This oat based smoothie needs banana for the texture and fullness. Banana also gives that sweet taste to your smoothie so you don’t need to add honey or other sweetener. One medium size banana will make your smoothie thick enough.
Nuts – I use almonds but whatever nuts you use, they won’t change the dominant flavor of your smoothie. Nuts are there to add extra nutrient value to your breakfast.
Berries– Raspberries and blueberries are the best choice for the breakfast smoothie because they are not sour. However, cherries can be surprisingly good in this smoothie, but you may need to add some honey.
Flaxseed– One tablespoon of flaxseed protein doesn’t change the flavor of your smoothie but it helps your stomach. Flaxseed helps with constipation and it is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Instead of flaxseed you can also add chia seeds to your smoothie.
How to make the best breakfast smoothie
In a blender or food processor, add 200 to 250g of yogurt, one medium-size banana, 2 handfuls of rolled oats, 1 full cup of frozen raspberries, 5 to 7 almonds and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds.
Additional tips for making healthy smoothie
Fresh or frozen banana? Although frozen fruit is a perfect match to smoothies, a mix of frozen banana and oats doesn’t taste so good. The texture seems odd, like you eat frozen oats. So, when making a breakfast smoothie, always use fresh banana and leave the frozen one for regular smoothies without oats.
Recipe for Breakfast Smoothie with Oats
- 220 g yogurt
- 1 medium-size banana
- 2 handfuls of rolled oats
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 5 to 7 almonds
- 1 tbsp flax seed
- Add all ingredients in the blender and mix for 2 minutes or so.
- Taste the smoothie and add more raspberries if you like, or more yogurt if the smoothie is too thick.