Smoothies for breakfast

I use to think of smoothies as a drink to have on the side rather than as a meal, but for the past two years I have been having smoothies as breakfast regularly. To turn a smoothie from a thick fruity juice, to a meal in itself there are a few things to keep in mind. So here is my advice to turn a smoothie into a complete breakfast meal that will keep your tummy happy and get your energy levels up to the tasks of the day.


Smoothie ingredients almost ready to blend.


  1. Use a sweet but nutritious base for a tasty smoothie – I almost always tend to use a banana, but 3- 4 prunes or dates work well too, as do sweet fruits such as melon, papaya and mango.
  2. Add protein  to your smoothie to turn it into filling a meal. For protein you can use whey powder, raw egg, full cream or greek yogurt.
  3. Don’t be scared of fat. The right kind of fat will help keep you fuller for longer, and will make you skin glow. Coconut milk is great in smoothies, and packed with good stuff. Avocado is also a good choice, and makes for a great thick smoothie. Other good fats to add are nut butters, seed butter and full fat yogurt or cream.
  4. Put in something good that you have lying around, whether strawberries are in season, perhaps that forgotten pear left in the fruit bowl, the last chunk of cucumber from the fridge and even a handful of bright green fresh spinach leaves. Get creative with the good stuff!
  5. Add some extras, such as flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, a scoop of matcha powder or Spirulina.
  6. Top it off with some spice or herbs. Cinnamon or nutmeg are a

    great addiction to a morning smoothie especially in the winter, coco powder is indulgent and feels like a treat,  turmeric has a woody flavour  and is good to counter inflammation, ginger is energising, mint is refreshing , and basil is great with some strawberries.

  7. Once all the ingredients are in the blender cup, top up with water until it reaches the amount you would like (I top up to 250ml per person, so in the morning I top up to 500ml for my husband and I).
So keeping in mind how much you need to eat for breakfast, top up your smoothie cup and you have an easy chuck-in-some-ingredients-and-blitz-away super quick meal that’s perfectly healthy and nutritious.
As an example, here’s are two recipes from the past two mornings, both are to serve two people.

Chocolate smoothie photo


Double Thick Chocolate Smoothie

  • 2 small  bananas
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • drizzle of honey
  • 2 teaspoons coco powder
  • 2 tablespoons full cream organic yogurt
Once the ingredients are in the smoothie cup, top it up to 500ml with water (note, do not add 500 ml water). Blend, and enjoy. This smoothie is indulgent yet filling, and full of goodness.


Refreshing Green Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/4 of a pineapple cut into chunks
  • a few sprigs of mint
  • A few leaves of lettuce, chard or spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds/ flax seeds

Add all ingredients to the smoothie cup, and top it up until the water reaches 500 ml. Blend away and drink up. This is such a great way to get some extra greens into your day.

Happy Smoothie making!