Blueberry smoothie in mason jar on kitchen counter

For busy new moms, smoothies are one of the best breakfast ideas. They’re the ultimate “fast food”—easy, portable and packed with nutrition to keep you going all day long.

Like a lot of moms, I’m always on the hunt for fast, healthy food recipes that incorporate superfoods without tasting like they include superfoods. I know I should be eating dark, leafy greens often, but a plateful of kale? Hard pass.

That’s why super smoothies are a life-saver for me, especially when I’m rushing around half-asleep in the morning. They’re convenient, packed with raw, whole-food nutrition and—when done right—healthy smoothies are downright delicious. I’ve found the benefits include extra energy, boosted immunity and sharper mental focus. (I remember the foggy-brain days when my son was a newborn and wish I’d known about green smoothies then!) Bonus: my son loves them, too, and he has fun coming up with different combos of fruits and veggies, so it’s an easy way to make sure he’s getting his 5 to 10 a day.

With fresh fruits and vegetables coming into season, now is the perfect time to make super smoothies part of your day, if you haven’t already. They’re ideal for breakfast on-the-go when summer weather is calling you to get outside. You’ll find the ingredients you need to make your perfect smoothie by shopping at Walmart—in store and online. Simply blend, fill a reusable beverage storage container (an insulated tumbler will help keep your smoothie cold), grab your best sunscreen and your best sunscreen for baby, and you’re good to go!

A few years ago, green smoothies became my go-to morning meal, so I bought myself the best blender I could find. I went all out and bought a full-size blender with loads of power. The only downside to using a full-size blender was that I always made more smoothie than I needed. I would end up drinking it for breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner. Trust me; you can have too much of a good thing. So, last Boxing Week, I bought myself this smoothie blender by Magic Bullet on a whim. Although it’s not as powerful as my full-size blender, a personal blender makes just the right amount, it’s easy enough to clean, and the canister doubles as a grab-n-go glass. It can also be used to make a mean skinny margarita!

NutriBullet 600W 8 Pieces Smoothie BlenderNutriBullet 600W 8 Pieces Smoothie Blender

This 600W Smoothie Blender by Magic Bullet is designed to help extract nutrition from within whole foods. It helps provide an easier, tastier, absorbable way to consume superfoods. It is engineered with a 600-watt motor and has a patented blade design that offers cyclonic action.

If you’re new to green smoothies, there are a couple of key things that will help you fall in love with them: they need to be cold, and they need to have some fruit that counteracts the bitterness of greens. Pineapple and citrus (like seedless orange) are good for that.

Beginner’s Luck Green SmoothieBeginner’s Luck Green Smoothie

This recipe from Simple Green Smoothies ticks those boxes and includes some tips for substituting ingredients to suit your taste. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations of ingredients for smoothieskeep this ratio in mind: 1 unit of greens to 1 unit of liquid to 1.5 units of fruit. Blend the greens and liquid first to make sure there are no chunks, and then add the rest of the ingredients before blending again.

Great Value Organic Berry BlendGreat Value Organic Berry Blend

Instead of ice cubes, toss in a handful or two of frozen fruit to sweeten and chill green smoothies. I like this Organic Berry Blend by Great Value. Berries are packed with antioxidants, they’re low on the Glycemic Index and they’re just the right size for most blenders to handle, even when they’re frozen.

A couple of other tips can help make green smoothies even more convenient for breakfast:

  • Keep a bag of chopped, frozen greens like kale or spinach in the freezer so you can grab a handful as needed. You’ll waste a lot less than buying it fresh and keeping it in the fridge.
  • Fill large freezer bags with a smoothie’s worth of chopped fruits and veggies and store them in the freezer. Grab a pack in the morning, add water or juice, and blend.

Two Minute Breakfast SmoothieTwo-Minute Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast in two minutes? Sign me up! This recipe from BBC Good Food incorporates oats to help keep you full and fueled for hours. The nice thing about this smoothie is you can use whatever soft fruit you have on hand.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze OriginalBlue Diamond Almond Breeze Original

If you’re not into dairy, substitute with a milk alternative like this almond milk by Blue Diamond or another soy, rice or nut drink (same goes for any other smoothie recipe that calls for milk).

Simple Summer SmoothieSimple Summer Smoothie

This smoothie recipe from All Recipes Canada is like summer in a glass, combining fresh fruits with vanilla yogurt and a dash of honey. It’s a great way to start your day or have it as an afternoon snack for a quick energy boost.

Labonté Organic HoneyLabonté Organic Honey

You may find that the smoothie is sweet enough from the fruit, but a dash of high-quality honey like this one by Labonté can add antioxidants and other proven health benefits as outlined in this article on CNN. Note that Health Canada warns children under the age of one should avoid honey.

Blueberry Maple Protein ShakeBlueberry Maple Protein Shake

This recipe from Minimalist Baker has the flavour of blueberry pancakes without the fuss. If you don’t have maple extract on hand (does anyone?), you can use maple syrup as a substitute—simply double the amount called for in the recipe.

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Whole Ground Flaxseed MealBob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal

This recipe calls for flaxseed meal like this one by Bob’s Red Mill. It is high in omega-three fatty acids and phytochemicals. It’s also high in fibre, which will help keep you feeling full.

Besides adding flaxseed meal, there are lots of other ways to boost your smoothie’s nutrition. Add a scoop of protein powder or superfoods like chia seeds, hemp hearts, or spirulina powder. I usually mix it up so that I get a boost of something different every day. If you’re breastfeeding, check with your doctor before adding any of these extras, to be sure that they’re safe for your baby.

Country Farms Super GreensCountry Farms Super Greens

Adding a supplement like this powder from Country Farms can take your smoothie to the next level. It contains a mix of 50 superfood concentrates, including high-quality natural greens, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and superfoods to help deliver essential nutritional elements for your body’s health and well-being.

Starting your day with a healthy smoothie can help boost your energy, mood and nutrition. As a meal or snack, super smoothies fit easily into Canada’s food guide. The key to keeping smoothies healthy and filling is to pack them with fibre while limiting the calories they contain from sugar and fat. This list of tips from Global News can help you avoid sabotaging the benefits of your breakfast smoothie.