Easy Blender Breakfast: 3 Ways

IMG_6865While breakfast may be the important meal of the day, taking the time to make a healthy breakfast may not always be convenient on a busy schedule. Here, I will share my favorite go-to breakfasts that are simple, require minimal clean-up, and are packed with clean ingredients including leafy greens, healthy fats and carbs.

All of the recipes below use the same / similar ingredients – and they may already be staples in your kitchen! The base of these breakfasts are dairy and egg-free and include banana (simple carb), hemp hearts (protein and healthy fat), almond milk, oats and spinach (oats and spinach when combined make up a complete protein).

Blender Breakfast #1: The Green Smoothie

IMG_6866This is a great on-the-go breakfast that you can take with you and enjoy on your commute. Using a high-powered blender, combine the following until smooth:
– 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
– 1 large handful (about a packed cup) of organic baby spinach
– 1/4 cup of oats
– 1/2 a banana
– 3 tablespoons (1 serving) of hemp hearts
– (optional) 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Pour in a glass or blender bottle and enjoy!
Serves 1

Blender Breakfast #2: The Green Smoothie Bowl

IMG_4273Smoothie bowls have gained popularity as super-foods like acai became more available. These are great nutrient-dense options that you can add various toppings to such as sliced fruit, nuts, chia seeds, shredded coconut, etc. This recipe is very similar to the smoothie drink, just a little thicker – the avocado adds a creamy texture and healthy fat.
Using a high-powered blender, combine the following until smooth:
– 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
– 1 large handful (about a packed cup) of organic baby spinach
– 1/4 cup of oats
– 1/2 a banana
– 1/2 an avocado
– 3 tablespoons (1 serving) of hemp hearts
– (optional) 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Pour in a bowl, add desired toppings and enjoy with a spoon!
Serves 1

Blender Breakfast #3: Green Pancakes

IMG_6694This has become my favorite breakfast – my 12 month old daughter also absolutely loves them. This recipe starts out like a thick smoothie, which ultimately, becomes the batter. Once you have blended the batter, you can cook it just like a regular pancake.
Using a high-powered blender, combine the following until smooth:
– 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
– 1 large handful (about a packed cup) of organic baby spinach
– 1 banana
– 1 cup of oats
– 3 tablespoons (1 serving) of hemp hearts
– (optional) 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Heat a skillet on medium heat, spray with coconut oil (or other nonstick spray of your choice) and pour batter. Cook on one side for about 2 minutes before flipping.
Serves 2 ( ~4 pancakes)
NOTE: You may need to experiment with how much milk you use and how long you cook your pancakes for in order to get the right consistency, if you prefer dense pancakes, you can use less milk – if you prefer lighter, fluffier pancakes, adding more milk does the trick. These pancakes are naturally sweetened by the banana, so no syrup is necessary. If you do like to add syrup, make sure you are choosing 100% maple syrup or an agave / maple blend.

Hopefully these recipes will help inspire clean eating throughout the rest of your day. Keep your meals clean by eliminating processed foods and condiments – focus on including whole foods and foods made with 5 ingredients or less.

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