When mornings get busy, fuel on the go with this nutrient packed blueberry mango breakfast smoothie!
Darlings, my family is moving into a new season this year… I’ll have a grade schooler! It’s not just preschool anymore. Next month brings all the “school mom” things. Packing lunches, pick up and drop off lines, and mornings that will be busy because my humans are NOT MORNING PEOPLE! Well, unless it’s a weekend and we have nowhere to be. Then they’re up before 6 in the morning. The thing is, they are breakfast people, and so I’ll need to have easy, delicious, and nutritious breakfast options ready! Options like this blueberry mango breakfast smoothie.
What I love about this smoothie recipe is that I can pre-mix the fruit and oatmeal, leave the bag in the freezer, then blend and go in the morning. I used to do this for work back in my “traditional office” days, and preparing school breakfast seemed so far away. But time passes quickly… especially those precious minutes in the morning!
Why a smoothie a good breakfast option?
Smoothies are so versatile! They’re easy to grab and go and drink on the run. As a savory breakfast girl, a smoothie isn’t my go-to every morning, but you can’t beat the convenience. And if you have older children, have them help preparing smoothie packs in advance. Store the baggies in the freezer, and the kids can even pull out the packs and mix their own smoothie in the morning! You get an extra few sips of hot coffee. Everyone wins!
Keeping a smoothie filling…
The challenge to building the perfect smoothie is finding a balance between packing enough nutrients to feel full without going crazy with calories. It’s so easy to start adding things and end up with a 600 calorie smoothie that leaves you hungry an hour later. This one keeps you full thanks to the oatmeal! Even though it’s broken down, you still get a great fiber boost and fiber keeps you full.
Another trick I use to keep these breakfast smoothies super filling is to add a little protein. Any unflavored protein powder will provide the least flavor interruption, but a vanilla protein is also a really tasty addition. If you’re going to use powder with a chocolate flavor, I’d probably swap out the mango for another berry or banana.
What about calories?
Bet that caught you by surprise! Ha. I actually am pretty careful about what we eat most of the time so we can fit in all the treats. Life is about balance, after all.
To help keep calorie count low, I use an unsweetened nondairy milk. Currently, we love oat milk and cashew milk. Macadamia milk is really good too, but a little higher in calories and harder to find. You can always use regular cow’s milk too… the unsweetened nondairy milk is just how I choose to cut some calories.
Can I personalize this smoothie?
Of course! Any smoothie recipe is always a suggestion. Feel free to change up the fruits, liquid, add different flavors. Experiment! I often change up the fruits based on what I have. A current favorite of mine is half a banana instead of the blueberries and some strawberries instead of the mango. Or I’ll use a whole banana, add some spinach, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder and chocolate protein. That last smoothie is really filling and will often hold me from breakfast to lunch with no morning snack.
In the meantime, I’ll be doing my best to enjoy the last few weeks of slow mornings. Busy mornings and back-to-school will be here before we know it!
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups milk (nondairy, cow, whatever)
- 1 cup cubed mango, frozen or fresh
- 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
- 1/2 cup rolled oats or quick oats
- protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)
- sweetener (sugar, honey, maple syrup, sugar free syrup, agave)
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend.
- Add more liquid if needed to achieve the right consistency.
- Pour into 2 glasses (or to-go cups!). Enjoy!
- The amount of liquid will vary depending on whether you use fresh or frozen fruit. Start with less and add more as needed to get the right consistency.
- I added a sweetener as an optional addition because my littles ask me to add a little for them when I make the smoothie as is with no flavored protein. To me, the fruit makes it sweet enough, but that's individual preference.
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