Smoothies are an awesome healthy alternative to whole food breakfasts. Smoothies for breakfast are an absolute treat for both your tastebuds and your health! Packed with nutrients and rich in vitamins and minerals, not only do they keep you satisfied for hours, but they are also a quick and portable breakfast or snack on the go. The beauty of a well-made smoothie is that when done right, it will contain all the nutrients and vitamins that you would get by consuming a whole meal. This has made the humble smoothie a very popular meal replacement when time is of the essence or people are simply too lazy to cook. Many smoothie enthusiasts choose to have a smoothie for breakfast and nothing else. However, some may find it hard to sustain themselves on a liquid breakfast or simply prefer to also incorporate chewing into the dining process. This begs the question ‘Can you have a smoothie breakfast alongside any solid foods?’ The answer is ‘Yes. As long as you watch your ingredients. For chewing enthusiasts, we’ve lined up some of our favourite breakfast food-smoothie combinations. These are low-calorie and healthy options you can add to your smoothie breakfast every morning, so try them out and let us know what you think!
What Smoothies to Pair with Whole Foods for Breakfast?As a general rule, if you want to have a smoothie-snack pairing in the morning, you should stay away from smoothies packed with fruit or veggies that are high in sugar. Choose light smoothies. And avoid adding any high-calorie ingredients or artificial sweeteners. Also, avoid any ingredients that are too high in protein (whey protein or plant protein) or fibre. The idea is to avoid needlessly skyrocketing your breakfast’s calorie count and accidentally ending up with two meals in one — yikes!
Best Breakfast Smoothie Pairings
Wholegrain Toast & Strawberry Yoghurt SmoothieA regular serving of 1 medium size of wholegrain toast is a satisfying option. Wholegrain toast is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It also contains a good amount of dietary fibre, selenium, and manganese. Pair it with a strawberry yoghurt smoothie made with 4 cups strawberries, 1 cup low-fat yoghurt, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice.
Rice Cake & Pumpkin SmoothieRice cakes are a good low-calorie snack. Two rice cakes have around 70 calories (35 each). They also contain carbs, fibre, protein, and manganese. Pair a serving of 2 rice cakes with a delicious pumpkin puree smoothie. Just blend ½ frozen banana, ½-1 cup of pumpkin purée, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and some nutmeg.
Nuts or Nut Bars & Berry SmoothieNuts are very nutritious and can provide that boost of energy most of us need in the mornings. You can have a handful of nuts with your smoothie or alternative try a nut bar. If you choose a pre-packaged option, make sure you check the calorie count. Many are full of added sugar, so choose one that has less than 7 grams of sugar per serving and is low in sodium. As for the berry smoothie, simply blend ½-1 cups of 3 to 4 of your favourite berries. Then, and add a splash of unsweetened almond milk.
Edamame & Energy SmoothieEdamame is a good source of soy protein, fibre, antioxidants, and vitamin K. You can serve them with a sprinkle of lime, chilli powder and sea salt. Try pairing edamame with an energy-rich smoothie made with 1 frozen banana, ½ cup of frozen mixed berries, ½ orange and some unsweetened almond milk.
Carrots & Spinach SmoothieCarrots have a ton of great minerals and vitamins and they can be a good whole food breakfast snack. Pair a serving of baby carrots or regular carrots with a spinach smoothie. Just blitz 2 frozen bananas, 1 apple, 1 cup of spinach leaves, and the juice of ½ lime.
Oatmeal & Cranberry Ginger SmoothieOatmeal is a healthy breakfast option you can easily pair with a nutritious smoothie. Try a cranberry ginger smoothie by blending 1 cup of frozen cranberries, ½ tsp of ground ginger, 1 tbsp honey and 2 cups coconut water.
Eggs & Fruit-Packed SmoothieIf you crave regular breakfast food, you can always pair a smoothie with eggs. Try a boiled egg, or scrambled eggs alongside a fruit smoothie. One of our go-to fruit smoothie recipes is:
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- ¼ cup pineapple
- ½ orange
- ½ apple
- ½cup unsweetened almond milk
- Ice if needed