With school starting up again, mornings are about to get a lot more hectic. And while packing a healthy school lunch for your kids is at the forefront of your mind, breakfast is a meal that often slips through the cracks. No need to invest in a jumbo box of pop tarts, however. A quick and nutritious breakfast is still possible by simply breaking out the blender. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite smoothie recipes that will save you time and energy this school year.
With ingredients that include spinach, Greek yogurt and almond butter, this smoothie packs a serious nutritional punch. It may even motivate you to take that 5 a.m. spin class … maybe. If you’re burnt out on your usual eggs, this drink is a great way to still get some morning protein in, no powders required.
Get the recipe at Cooking Light.
Chocolate for breakfast? Why not. This vegan smoothie is ultra healthy, but still has enough sweetness to win over the pickiest of eaters. Switch up the milk or remove nut butter if there are allergies in your family. Add flaxseed to the drink for some extra fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids that will help power your kids’ brains all day long.
Get the recipe at Minimalist Baker.
Take your oatmeal on the go with this sweet and filling breakfast smoothie. You could easily customize the recipe to include any type of berry or milk. Want more protein? Yogurt or nut butter would make a great addition. Heads up: comments on the recipe suggest grinding the oatmeal in your blender first so that the drink’s consistency is smoother.
Get the recipe at All Recipes.
If you’re desperately trying (and failing) to get your kids to eat more veggies, look no further than this surprisingly sweet green smoothie. If they’re still having a tough time coming to terms with the drink’s color, we suggest calling it the “Monster’s Inc. drink.” Bonus: the ingredients for the smoothie can easily be pre-prepped and thrown in the freezer for a tasty breakfast in no time during the weekday rush.
Get the recipe at Iowa Girl Eats.
Believe it or not, avocado can be used for more than just toast at breakfast time. Make avocado smoothies the new trend by whipping up this nutrient-dense drink. Throw a few chunks in your smoothie for a creamy, tasty and filling meal that will keep your family’s bellies full until lunchtime. Melon keeps the smoothie sweet and provides a dose of both potassium and vitamin C.
Get the recipe at California Avocado.
Berry fans will love nothing more than getting a sip of this creamy purple smoothie. The best part about it is that there’s no added sugar. Yep, that’s right, the bananas, blueberries and blackberries help sweeten the smoothie in a natural way. You can also add in Greek yogurt or soy milk for a thick consistency.
Get the recipe at Chef Savvy.
Back-to-school germs are sometimes hard to fight. You might as well start the new school year on a healthy note. This smoothie will help prevent any sickness since it’s packed with Vitamin C. The kiddos will love the orange flavor mixed with a bit of vanilla.
Get the recipe at Kristine’s Kitchen.
This article originally published on Aug. 17, 2018. It has been updated with the most recent information.