You may feel that you are unable to make yourself a healthy breakfast each morning because it is too time consuming. On the same subject, perhaps you’re a busy worker (at home or outside) and just don’t have time to fuel yourself at lunchtime.
Why not try a smoothie? You can easily prepare your fruits the night before and store them in the fridge.
Just toss your ingredients in the blender, pour your smoothie into a to-go cup, and enjoy your breakfast as you complete your morning errands, or on the commute to work (or even as a part of your quick, healthy lunch).
You can feel pretty guilt-free with these healthy blended beverages, and even less guilty if you toss in a few of these popular healthy superfood smoothie add-ins.
Breakfast time is the perfect time for a such a beverage, but these recipes can be enjoyed at any time of day. Prepare a yogurt- or milk-based shake for lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up. Kids love a refreshing fruit-based drink as an afterschool snack.
Peanut Butter Banana
My favorite flavor combination in the morning is the perfect pairing of peanut butter and bananas. If you loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches as a kid, then this is the smoothie for you.
This delicious shake reminds me of these sandwiches from my childhood, except it tastes even better.
Instead of adding traditional peanut butter, I use peanut butter powder in my smoothies. It has less fat and sugar than some types of peanut butter, and it blends into smoothies very easily.
I use Just Great Stuff regular and chocolate peanut butter powders in my smoothies. Chocolate, peanut butter and banana is a great way to start my day.
A berry- and milk-based beverage is a great meal replacement, especially during berry season.
Don’t fret if berries are not in season where you live. You can always use frozen instead.
This delicious mix of orange and cream reminds me of of the ice cream man, and Creamsicles in the summer.
If you’re a fan of this creamy citrus favorite, I would highly recommend this other similar favorite of ours: a papaya ginger smoothie! It’s got a citrus-like zing from papaya and ginger, but with that signature creaminess that papaya can sometimes evoke.
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