Why a Smoothie is the Perfect Way to Start the Day

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Having a proper breakfast sets the tone for your entire day. That’s why breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it can help keep you energized, full, and mentally ready for anything. But skip breakfast, and you may face your worst self: tired, cranky, low on energy, and craving sweet and salty snacks all day long.

Combat this fatigue by making sure you get your essential daily nutrients first thing in the morning! Enjoying a balanced breakfast helps kick start your metabolism and puts your body back in its natural rhythm after 6 hours of fasting while you sleep.

Top 4 Reasons Smoothies Make the Best Breakfast

1. Easy to Make

Think back to your excuse generator for skipping breakfast, the most common reason is probably that you just didn't have the time. Smoothies can be a saving force here. All you have to do is make sure your fridge is stocked with fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, toss them in your NutriBullet cup and in seconds, you have a smoothie that’ll fill you up and lift your mood.

NutriBullet LEAN makes creating the perfect morning smoothie quick and easy, the program outlines exactly what fruits and veggies you can use and in which amounts. No thinking required!

2. Portable

With NutriBullet, the cup you use to blend your smoothie can be the same cup you drink from. Simply screw on a flip top to-go lid and take it with you – no mess, no cleanup. So whether you’re on your way out the door or staying in, smoothies travel well, making them convenient, no matter what your morning is like.

3. Tasty

Smoothies can be healthy, and still taste good. Naturally sweet fruit and good-for-you fats take a bitter green mess and turn it into a delightful, rich, fulfilling experience for your taste buds. Cheers to that.

4. Nutritious

NutriBullet smoothies extract nutrients, allowing your body to absorb nutrients quicker. Start your day with a smoothie to give your body the right balance of macronutrients — protein, carbs, and fats — for optimal energy efficiency, weight loss, and general health.

The Best Ingredients to Add to Your Morning Smoothie

Add each of the following components to your morning smoothie to take your health and wellbeing to the next level.

  • Protein – Protein is essential in the creation and maintenance of lean muscle mass. Most people pack their protein in at dinner time, but eating a day’s worth of protein all at once can be a waste, since your body can only use so much at one time. Find the right sources of protein to up the content of your morning smoothie: plant-based, vegan protein powders, nut butters, and additions like protein-abundant broccoli.
  • Fat – Fat is the most nutritionally dense macronutrient, meaning it provides the most energy in the least amount of food. It also plays a big role in nutrient and macronutrient absorption, helping you to stay full for longer and prevent those midday cravings. Enjoy healthy fats like avocado, nuts, or coconut oil.
  • Carbohydrates – Always opt for complex carbs that contain the fiber necessary to help regulate the release of sugar into your bloodstream, these provide your body with a sustainable, long-term source of energy throughout the day. Pick low-glycemic fruits, about 1-2 per smoothie, for a healthy carbohydrate option that’ll fuel you better than those simple carb-loaded breakfast sandwiches you’re used to. Stick to berries, apples, even citrus like orange and grapefruit can do the trick.

Having these nutrients in one jam-packed drink first thing in the morning can set the stage for a day of nutritional success. It’s what your body wants, so get to it!

Registered Dietitian, Staff Writer


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Very informative article about smoothies. There are many benefits that come with introducing smoothies into your diet. Smoothies increase stamina, helps in losing weight, prevent number of illnesses and chronic conditions. Smoothies also help in reducing the cellulite appearance.
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