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Guest contributor: Carman's

If you’re going to rise, you might as well shine!

For mighty mornings, try the following additions to your smoothies and smoothie bowls:

+ Muesli: Humble wholegrain oats in muesli are packed with fibre, naturally low in fat and salt and contain essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and protein. Plus, adding muesli to your morning smoothie or smoothie bowl will keep you fuller for longer!

+ Pecans: Deliciously nutrient rich, pecans contain dietary fibre, healthy fats, minerals; magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, vitamins; B1, B6 and plant sterols and omega-3s.

+ Walnuts: With one handful of walnuts daily you meet 100% of your healthy fat, alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), needs. On top of this, they provide magnesium, potassium, folate, dietary fibre, plant protein and antioxidants. They pair nicely with banana as a topping for smoothie bowls or muesli.

+ LSA: Made from ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds, LSA is an easy way to add extra nutrients to your muesli and smoothie bowls. LSA contains protein and provides a good dose of healthy omega-3 fats and minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium.

+ Kefir: A popular fermented milk drink full of probiotic bacteria and yeasts,  adding Kefir to your smoothie will help to populate your gut with healthy bacteria.

+ Flax seeds: Also known as linseeds, flax seeds are a fantastic source of omega-3s. They are the richest plant source of ALA.

+ Almonds: Slivered, flaked, ground or whole – almonds are a super nut! Almonds contain healthy fats, vitamin E, protein, dietary fibre, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, calcium, antioxidants, plant sterols and potassium.

+ Chia Seeds: Texture your morning muesli with these little super seeds. Chia seeds contain omega 3 fats, fibre, protein, calcium, folate, phosphorus, iron, manganese, copper and potassium.

Four fresh ways to supercharge your smoothie:

Smoothies are one of our favourite quick and easy breakfasts…a few simple ingredients blended with ice and you have filling and nutritious breakfast in a flash! They’re also great for an on-the-go snack or guilt-free dessert.

We especially love our smoothies in summertime when there’s lots of fresh, delicious summer fruit and stone fruit at our disposal. It means we can get creative with our smoothie recipes!

Need some yum-spiration? Here are four of our favourite smoothie recipes using fresh summer fruit.

Green Super Smoothie – The perfect way to kick-start your morning, this super smoothie packs a punch with kiwi fruit, spinach and antioxidant rich matcha.

Mango Smoothie Bowl – This smoothie recipe is summer in a bowl…literally! Mix fresh or frozen mango but banana, turmeric and fresh ginger for a fresh and fruity treat.

Berry Smoothie Bowl – The goodness of berries is blended with refreshing coconut water, acai powder and Super Berry muesli in this vegan-friendly smoothie bowl.

Vegan Cacao Smoothie Bowl – Another vegan-friendly smoothie recipe, this cacao smoothie bowl is a guilt-free indulgence!

Top tip!

Make mornings a breeze by preparing smoothie packs ahead of time.

Simply grab a few snaplock bags and pop in the fruit, muesli and spices for your chosen smoothie recipe.

In the morning (or whenever you want to supercharge your day with a smoothie!) pop the contents of the smoothie pack in the blender with any required milk, cream or ice and blend away!

Discover more yum-spiration in the Meat Free Week Recipes section or in the Get Your Veg Out blog.