If you love your smoothies, you’ll want to drink them all day long!
Most frozen smoothie lovers will have them as a breakfast option, but is it healthy to drink frozen smoothies for breakfast every day?
Your resident Super Cubes nutritionist is here to help and I’ll start with the basics for you.
What a healthy breakfast looks like
As a nutritionist, there are a few key aspects I look for in a healthy breakfast.
Not every healthy breakfast will tick all of the boxes – in fact, very few will manage all of them.
But a good balanced breakfast will hit the majority of these criteria.
Signs of a healthy, balanced breakfast include:
- Wholefood-based ingredients
- Provides a good amount of protein – ideally 20-30g
- Includes a decent serve of fibre – at least 5g, ideally 10g
- Includes a source of healthy fats
- Uses wholegrains rather than processed grains
- Includes 1-3 serves of vegetables
- Includes a serve of fruit
- Contains a source of probiotics and/or prebiotic fibres to support gut health
As long as your breakfast hits at least 3-4 of these criteria above, you’re on track for a having a good day.
Is it healthy to drink frozen smoothies for breakfast?
So now you know what a healthy breakfast looks like, we can move onto the next question.
Can frozen smoothies be a healthy breakfast option?
That being said, you need to keep the healthy breakfast criteria in mind when making up your frozen smoothie recipe.
It can be unhealthy to drink frozen smoothies for breakfast sometimes, especially if you’re making a smoothie that is all low-fibre fruit with no other filling ingredients, or is even closer to a milkshake than a smoothie.
So let’s look at how to make sure your frozen smoothie breakfast is serving your health goals.
How to make your frozen smoothie breakfast-friendly
You don’t have to do all of these steps, but try to use at least 3 of these tips to up your healthy breakfast smoothie game.
Include sources of protein
Protein is the building block of your body tissues, making it essential for growth and repair.
It’s also very satiating, which means it keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
That’s why protein is a must-have for a healthy breakfast.
To up your protein for a smoothie, you can try adding:
- Nut and seed butters
- High-quality protein powders
Up the fibre content
Fibre has countless benefits for your health, so let’s just stick to the breakfast-specific benefits.
When you eat foods that are high in fibre, the fibre slows the absorption of sugar from the food into your bloodstream.
This gives you a steady feed of energy over several hours, rather than a quick burst followed by a crash.
Fibre will also make you feel fuller for longer, as it slows the digestive process.
So including high-fibre ingredients in your smoothie means that you’re less likely to reach for the unhealthy snacks at 10am because you’re ravenous.
The best sources of fibre are vegetables, nuts, seeds, bean, legumes and low-sugar fruits such as berries.
Add some healthy fats
Fats are your friend – the healthy kind, that is.
Healthy fats bring essential fat-soluble nutrients along with them such as vitamin A and vitamin E.
Fat also increase your absorption of antioxidants from other foods.
For your healthy fat dose, you can add:
- Nut and seed butters
- Non-dairy yoghurts such as coconut yoghurt
If you’ve never included grains in your smoothie before, you might find this suggestion strange!
But wholegrains are much healthier than processed alternatives.
They contain more fibre, and often more nutrients such as minerals and B vitamins.
An easy option to start with is oats.
Oats are high in fibre, are beneficial for heart health, and can make your smoothie much more filling.
If you prefer your smoothie’s texture to be on the smoother side, soak the oats in your base liquid overnight.
You can also try adding (cooked) brown rice or quinoa into your smoothie.
Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Add some probiotics and/or prebiotics
Probiotics and prebiotics are essential for a healthy, happy gut.
Probiotics are good bacteria that you want to live in the gut, and prebiotics are the fuel probiotics need to thrive.
To add probiotics, include yoghurt, non-dairy yoghurt or milk kefir.
For prebiotics, look to ingredients such as oats, apple, pear, kiwifruit, papaya and slightly green bananas.
Many of these steps can overlap, which makes it even easier for you to have a healthy breakfast.
For example, adding nut or seed butters will boost the fibre, good fats and protein. Including yoghurt will add probiotics as well as protein and/or healthy fats, depending on the type of yoghurt.
Make it even easier to make breakfast smoothies
Want to make it even easier to make healthy frozen smoothies for breakfast?
Start your smoothies off with Super Cubes as a base!
Every Super Cubes flavour ticks several healthy breakfast criteria off in the above list making it easy for you to whip up a healthy frozen smoothie for breakfast whenever you need it.
All you need to do now (after adding in your cubes) is add your base liquid, plus any extra ingredients and then blend.
It’s that easy!