Some days you want a smoothie, but frozen mangos on their own just aren’t enough. So what exactly do you put in the blender to keep you going until lunch? We spoke with nutritionist Tallene Hacatoryan, MS, RD, CLT, about how to build a healthy smoothie in the morning so you can start your day off right.

Hacatoryan uses almond milk and protein powder in her smoothies. “I like to boost my smoothies with protein powder and keep the recipe pretty simple,” she says. “The less complicated, the more likely you’ll be able to squeeze it into your day.” She recommends using Philosophie Cocoa Magic; we used Whole Foods Plant-Based Fit Protein in Vanilla Cinnamon for our version pictured here. Hacatoryan’s simple recipe then adds spinach and half a banana for a tasty and filling breakfast that will keep you satisfied until lunch. “Many patients believe that skipping breakfast will save them calories. However, doing so has actually been linked to gaining weight,” she says. “Research shows that eating 35 grams or more of protein for breakfast can reduce mindless snacking and help control appetite throughout the day.”

Easy Green Smoothie

Recipe from Tallene Hacatoryan, MS, RD, CLT, Healthy Me OC

(Makes 1 smoothie) 

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend. If you prefer your smoothies frozen or served cold, then add three ice cubes after all ingredients are blended and pulse until combined.

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