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Blend it up! The smoothest way to start your day
by Jessica |  Mar 4, 2013

Ah, breakfast. The most important meal of the day, as your mom always said. Well, it turns out, she was right. Much research has proven that breakfast is indeed the most important meal - it jump starts your metabolism and gets your blood sugar kicking, which is what you need for energy to start the day.

Whether you have a case of the Mondays (or Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays...) breakfast is one way you can boost your mood and energy levels, as well as improve your concentration. Plus, getting your metabolism going first thing is the best way to control your hunger later in the day and prevent overeating. There are times when the average bowl of cereal just isn't enough, though. If you're looking to mix up your breakfast menu, look no further than your blender!

That's right - smoothies are one of the best options for that first meal of the day. You can pack vital nutrients like protein, antioxidants and fiber while filling yourself up so you're ready for the day ahead. Try one of these recipes next time you need to break the fast.

Orange you glad you're eating breakfast?
Looking for a sunny start to the day? Opt for this fruity orange option adapted from Eating Well. This smoothie is packed with vitamin A and C, plus potassium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. In your blender, combine 2 cups of frozen peach slices, 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup carrot juice and 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed. Add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger for an extra kick!

Going green
You may have seen those green smoothies that seem to be so in vogue and you either looked on with curiosity or disgust. The green in these smoothies either comes from kale, spinach or avocado - all unconventional but still nutritious and delicious additions to a morning smoothie. Avocados, with their creamy texture and neutral flavor, make a perfect substitute for yogurt if you want to cut out dairy. Kale and spinach are almost flavorless when mixed into fruit smoothies.

Another dairy-free green option is the kale, pineapple and almond milk smoothie adapted from Whole Living magazine. Combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk with 1 cup packed kale, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 cup diced pineapple and 1 banana, and blend until smooth. The pineapple sweetens up this smoothie but you still get the nutrients from the kale.

Go nutty for breakfast
Peanut butter is the ultimate energizer, which makes it a perfect protein source for your morning meal (although it's also a great option to fuel up again after a workout!). Peanut butter and bananas are a classic combo, but you can also add raspberries for a PB&J-inspired flavor, Cooking Light magazine recommends. In your blender, combine 1/4 cup milk with 1/2 medium, ripe banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries and 1/2 cup crushed ice. Who says PB&J is just for kids?

You can also add almonds, chia seeds and other nutty options to give your smoothies texture, flavor and a boost of protein.

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