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Smoothies Worth Waking Up For

Smoothies Worth Waking Up For

When it comes to busy-morning breakfasts, smoothies never go out of style. Blitz ingredients in the blender (clean it later!), pour into a to-go cup, pop in a straw and you’re sippin’ pretty on the way to work or school. The possibilities are endless – think beyond fruit and throw in greens, oats, nuts, avocado – so you’ll never get stuck in a rut. If you’re craving fruit that’s out of season, there’s no better way to take advantage of frozen berries.

Here are five smoothie picks to perk up your end-of-summer mornings.

Peachy Oat Smoothie
Juicy, ripe peaches are still showing off at late-summer farmers markets. This smoothie combines them with heart-healthy oats that are plumped and softened in hot water to add body and creaminess.

Watermelon-Cucumber Smoothie
Freeze chunks of watermelon to make this uber-refreshing smoothie. With your frozen stash, you’ll be able to enjoy it long after summer fades into fall.

Ultra-Creamy Avocado Smoothie
In many countries, folks eat avocados for dessert, in custards and in shakes like this one. The riper the avocado, the sweeter the shake, so you’ll want to adjust the sweetness to taste. If you have matcha (green tea powder) on hand, add some for a boost of antioxidants, nutrients and fiber.

Blueberry-Almond Smoothie
Roasted almonds add body and toasty flavor to this smoothie that’s loaded with fiber and vitamin C.

Green Smoothie
Keep grapes in your freezer so you can whirl this up in a pinch for breakfast. Fresh pineapple lends just enough sweetness, and kale makes it a hearty and nutrient-packed start to the day.

Check out a year of smoothies from Food Network Kitchen.

The possibilities are endless – think beyond fruit and throw in greens, oats, nuts, avocado – so you’ll never get stuck in a rut.

Sara LevineFood Network FeedAugust 24, 2017