5 Veggie-Based Breakfast Smoothies
I do this with spinach, kale, carrots (with a handful of unsweetened coconut flakes tossed in), and beets. For bananas and avocados, I simply remove the peels, cube, and then freeze in a ziplock bag.
I love freezing vegetables (and fruit) for a lot of reasons. First, it makes putting your smoothie together in the morning a snap. Second, you can prep a lot at once so you aren't making vegetable ice cubes every night. And third, it ensures that your vegetables won't go bad before you can consume all of them. I always feel bummed when I buy a big bag of spinach and 1/3 of it gets gooey before I can get around to using it all. Freezing it helps prevent this but still locks in most of the nutrition.
OK, let's make some smoothies!
First up is a surprise favorite. Blend together 1-2 frozen cubes of beets, 5-6 whole frozen strawberries, 1/2 to 1 scoop TastyShake Classic Vanilla protein powder, and 8 oz. cashew milk.* Let this blend on high for a couple minutes so the smoothie gets well mixed.
*Throughout these recipes I use cashew milk because I prefer it, but you could use almond or soy milk instead if you like. Whatever you use, I do recommend keeping it unsweetened because the flavor of these is SO good without any added sweeteners. :)
I probably make this one the most. To make this one you'll need: 1/2 frozen banana, 2-3 frozen cubes of spinach*, 1/2 to 1 scoop TastyShake Classic Vanilla protein powder, and 8 oz. cashew milk. Blend well. This one is actually the most green in color, but I think tastes the least vegetable-y. Weird, right?
*I most often use spinach, but you could easily use another green leafy vegetable that you love or that's in season, like kale.
This one is the creamiest. I swear it almost tastes like a chocolate milkshake! For a chocolate avocado smoothie, simply blend together: 1-2 frozen avocados (lately mine have had major dark spots inside, so I usually open two but only get about one avocado out of them), 1/2 to 1 scoop TastyShake Decadent Chocolate Fudge protein powder, and 8 oz. cashew milk.
Avocados are so good for you and they make smoothies super creamy. If you're not a fan of bananas, you can use frozen avocados instead in the last recipe—just so you know. :)
This one is super light and bright tasting. It's almost like a juice, but you don't need a juicer. For a carrot, coconut, and orange smoothie, blend together: 2-3 cubes of frozen carrot/coconut, juice from 2 oranges, and 1/2 to 1 scoop of TastyShake Classic Vanilla protein powder. Blend well!
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.