In the cool weather months, I like hearty breakfasts, such as a breakfast sandwich or tofu scramble. But when it’s hotter out, I prefer lighter breakfasts, such as overnight oats, chia puddings, and smoothies.
You may have noticed that most of my smoothie and shake recipes are chocolaty. I will fully admit that I’m a chocoholic. I love adding raw cacao to my smoothies. Not only is it delicious, it provides a little boost of energy that can be beneficial in the mornings. It’s also full of vitamins and minerals, so it’s actually quite good for you.
It is possible for me to enjoy a smoothie that isn’t full of chocolate, though. In fact, I quite like the taste of vanilla, too, especially when mixed with fresh fruit. Blueberries pair well with vanilla, and they’re full of lots of beneficial nutrients, such as iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K.
Smoothies are an especially great breakfast for busy mornings. I like to add smoothie ingredients to large freezer bags so that I just have to dump it in the blender with non-dairy milk in the mornings. Just mix it up and breakfast is ready!
This recipe makes a lot of smoothie. If I’m just having a smoothie for breakfast, I need a lot of it to feel full, otherwise I’ll be shaky and hangry by lunchtime. This recipe makes two very large smoothies, which Dennis and I always split, and it usually tides us both over until our next meal. If I’m serving blueberry smoothie as a snack, I get four servings out it.
I like to use frozen fruit in my smoothies, as they can be more economical, and it’s easy to just open a bag and dump it in the blender. Feel free to use fresh fruit, if you prefer.
If you want to add a little more oomph to your morning blueberry smoothie, you can add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
Vanilla Blueberry Smoothie
- 3 cups frozen blueberries
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups baby spinach or baby kale
- 2 cups vanilla non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
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