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If you’re one of the millions of busy people everywhere, the idea of treating yourself to a healthful, wholesome breakfast every morning might seem like wishful thinking. Even so, it’s important to realize that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast helps kick-start your metabolism into action, as well as gives you the energy you need to focus and be productive. It’s also an important component of ongoing weight control.

However, it’s important to realize that you don’thave to make time to whip up a sit-down breakfast to start your day right. A healthy, protein-packed smoothie can be an excellent and very delicious alternative that won’t take much time to make. Try the following ideas on for size! They’re great for recovering after a workout or for an afternoon pick-me-up, as well.

1. Mango Carrot Smoothie

Mangoes aren’t just deliciously sweet and juicy. They’re also a superfood that’s loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Combine them with carrots and your choice of protein powder or your favorite nut butter for a smooth, delicious treat you’ll look forward to enjoying again and again.

  • ¾ cup fresh mango
  • ¾ cup peeled and grated carrot
  • 1 cup skim milk or almond milk
  • 1 scoop of protein powder or 2 tablespoons of nut butter
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Add more milk, if needed, to reach optimal smoothness.

 Green-power-smoothie

2. Creamy Green Power Smoothie

If you’re looking for a total powerhouse of a smoothie to start your day right, look no further than this delicious emerald-colored concoction. It’s packed with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber thanks to an abundance of greens and fruits. Add protein powder or an alternative like hemp hearts, and you’ve got your protein squared away as well.

  • ½ cup kale or spinach
  • 1 medium apple
  • ½ cup cucumber
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/3 cup mango or papaya
  • ½ banana
  • ¾ teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup grapefruit juice
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop protein powder or 1 serving of hemp hearts

Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth and creamy.

3. Banana and Spinach Smoothie

This recipe contains not one but two full servings of fruit, as well as an additional serving of veggies. Plus, chia seeds and protein powder combine to fill you up and keep you going clear through until lunch.

  • 1 cup skim milk or almond milk
  • ½ cup mango
  • 1 banana
  • A generous handful of spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth. If necessary, add more milk until mixture reaches the consistency you like best.

 Strawberry-banana-smoothie

4. Strawberry Coconut Banana Smoothie

Strawberry and banana are a winning combination in many ways. They also bring a wealth of nutrition to this delightful morning smoothie. For your protein, you have your choice of protein powder or silky Greek yogurt.

  • ½ cup coconut milk (you can substitute almond or skim milk if you prefer)
  • 10 fresh strawberries (or 1 cup of frozen berries)
  • 1 banana
  • ½ Greek yogurt or 1 scoop protein powder
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Add ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth. Add more milk as needed to achieve your consistency of choice. No strawberries on hand? This recipe is just as delicious using blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries.

5. Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie

Although strawberries and cucumber may not sound like they’d blend well together, we assure you they do. The combination is remarkably refreshing, not to mention the perfect pick for powering up on your way out the door to your cardio workout. Plus, the cucumber brings lots of hydration to the mixture, as well as a healthy dose of potassium.

  • 1 ½ cups of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup skim or almond milk
  • ½ cucumber (deseeded)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • A squeeze of lemon or lime

Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth. Add more milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Also, feel free to substitute other berries if you prefer. Enjoy!