4 Healthy Smoothies for Busy Mornings

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If your morning routine begins with hitting the snooze button several times until you’re rushing out the door than you may need to rethink how you start your day. Get up and get your metabolism going so you can avoid the usual afternoon sluggishness.

Your metabolism is one of the major keys to providing your body with the energy it needs to keep going. It converts the food you eat into the energy you need to sustain normal body functions. It is dependent on many factors, one of the most important being the types of food you eat.

Almond-cherry smoothie

Almond Board of California

It was created by registered dietitian-nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth for the Almond Board of California. Wake up your morning with this delicious, 3-ingredient smoothie that’s loaded with the power of almonds.

Related: Study: Just 20 Almonds a Day Are Enough to Improve Digestive Health

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted frozen cherries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons creamy unsalted almond butter

Preparation:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute, until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.

Low-calorie chocolate almond smoothie

Almond Board of California

It was created by Chris Powell, trainer and transformation specialist on ABC’s highly-rated series “Extreme Weight Loss.”

Related: The Magic Power of Chocolate

Ingredients:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup ice

Preparation:

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy

Peach-blackberry smoothie

Almond Board of California

Let this crisp and fruity drink give you a smart morning start, or act as an afternoon snack to keep hunger at bay. With every sip, you’ll enjoy the smooth taste of almond butter, peaches, blackberries, and a touch of honey.

Related: The Healthiest, Most Satisfying 100-Calorie Desk Snacks

Ingredients: 

2 cups almond milk

2 cups frozen peaches

1 cup frozen blackberries

2 tablespoons almond butter

2 tablespoons honey

Preparation: 

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and thick. Serve. 

Chocolate banana almond breakfast shake

Almond Board of California

Need something satisfying to sip down on the go? These cool and refreshing shakes have just the right flavor and nutrition to get you going, and keep you energized until lunch.

Related: Superfood Secrets for a Healthy Life

Ingredients: 

1 (11-ounce) bottle (about 1/12 cups) Chocolate almond milk

1 medium banana, broken into pieces

1/2 cup ice cubes

2 tablespoons almond butter

2 tablespoons soy protein powder

Preparation: 

Combine ingredients in blender and puree until very smooth. Pour into 2 tall glasses and serve.

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