I’m perhaps the biggest evangelist for a green smoothie breakfast. Smoothies take less than five minutes to make and they’re the best way to eat more vegetables before noon than most people eat all week. Because of my fervent passion for my morning green shake, I often find myself in the position of solving people’s smoothie-based hangups—the most frequent of which I hear is, “I’m always still hungry after eating a smoothie!”
Yes, smoothies can you leave you feeling hungry, but no—they absolutely don’t have to. The secret is filling your smoothie with a heaping amount of greens, a good amount of healthy fat, and enough protein to turn off your hunger hormones and keep your blood sugar super stable well past noon. For protein, I tend to eschew protein powders and reach for more whole-food smoothie add-ins. Here are my five favorites.