If you’re one of those people who can’t stomach breakfast first thing in the morning, then I have a delicious and energizing remedy for you! No, I’m not talking about coffee, although I would never deny you a hot cup of Joe first thing in the morning. I’m talking about my breakfast banana oatmeal smoothie recipe, full of creamy banana, yogurt, and almond milk, as well as a few spoonfuls of oats to make it a filling start to the day!
In the early morning, the prospect of breakfast can be very unappealing. While I love breakfast, even I can understand how the thought of porridge, mushy cereal, and dry toast can be off-putting. Therefore, I came up with a solution for all you breakfast-phobes. What could be better than a simple smoothie, easy to make and quick to drink, both filling and healthy to start the day?
So, if you’re looking for a healthy breakfast alternative, you love smoothies and you need the energy to tackle your morning, look no further, try my breakfast banana oatmeal smoothie recipe!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BREAKFAST?
You’ve probably heard the old adage, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While there is speculation about this nowadays – there will always be new theories about what and when to eat! – there are still good reasons for breakfast to be highly valued. These include:
- If your body is an engine, breakfast is that necessary kick-start for the rest of your day. It gives your metabolism energy and helps you to continuously burn calories throughout the day.
- Breakfast keeps your focus while at work or at school. If you’re hungry, your mind drifts all too easily to your stomach, or your thoughts simply wander.
- Breakfast also lowers health risks such as obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes as you’re less likely to snack on easy energy-boosting sugars.
WHAT IS A GOOD HEALTHY BREAKFAST?
The best breakfasts are full of nutrients and provide a balanced start to the day, so then you feel both energized and fuller for longer. Of course, there are popular dishes like eggs, however, first thing in the morning as you gulp coffee before work, making yourself an omelet is usually the last thing on your mind!
So, what is a healthy yet quick breakfast?
I took some of the best breakfast foods and put them together in this breakfast banana oatmeal smoothie!
Yogurt: high in protein and calcium, yogurt is a healthy start to the day, and some varieties are excellent sources of probiotics that are great for your gut health. High-protein breakfasts are also a great way to encourage weight loss.
Oats: oats are incredibly beneficial as they are packed with soluble fiber, therefore are easy to digest and help to maintain a feeling of fullness. Therefore you are less likely to reach for a snack at work!
Bananas: likewise, bananas are a great aid for your digestive health, plus are full of vitamins and minerals.
Almond milk: too much dairy in the morning can give people an upset stomach, and I love the smooth creamy flavor of almond milk. Not only is it lower in calories than dairy milk, but it’s also a source of calcium and vitamins.
Cinnamon: my favorite flavor booster for creamy smoothies as it draws out the sweetness of the banana, plus cinnamon is another fantastic digestive aid.
Honey: I love a touch of honey in this breakfast smoothie because it adds a little extra sweetness, balancing the other flavors together. However, if you would like your smoothie to be sugar-free, then honey is optional.
HOW DO YOU MAKE MY BREAKFAST BANANA OATMEAL SMOOTHIE?
This smoothie is so quick and effortless to make, the perfect solution for a busy start to the morning.
All you need to do is:
- Roughly break up the banana
- Chuck all the ingredients into the blender.
- Put on the lid and blitz until smooth!
A useful tip is to use small porridge oats – avoid jumbo otherwise they with stay firm and gritty as you drink. However, if you only have jumbo oats, I recommend you blend them first before adding the other ingredients.
Start your day with a delicious healthy breakfast – not quite as imposing as a plate of eggs, my breakfast banana oatmeal smoothie is the perfect start for all you who avoid breakfast!
MORE BANANA RECIPES TO TRY
If you have a lovely bunch of ripe bananas and you wonder how you can use them, I’ve got some banana recipe ideas for you:
BREAKFAST BANANA OATMEAL SMOOTHIE
- 3 tablespoons Oats
- ½ cup Plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 ½ Banana cut into thirds
- ½ cup Almond milk
- 1 teaspoon Honey optional
- ¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- In a blender, combine the oats, yogurt, banana, milk, honey, and cinnamon.
- Puree until smooth.
- Pour into serving glasses and serve immediately.