5 healthy breakfast smoothies from Candice Kumai

5 healthy breakfast smoothies from Candice Kumai


This January, as part of Well+Good’s (Re)New Year, famed classically trained, plant-based chef Candice Kumai is providing five weeks of healthy recipes to help not only transform your eating habits, but set you up for year-long success. Last week, she curated a slate of recipes specifically to clean your gut. This week, it’s all about power and energy—AKA meals that are as packed with protein as they are flavor. 

Chances are, you already know that getting some protein early is essential for powering through your morning. As tasty as a dense carb-based breakfast may sound, you can bet on an unwelcome crash a few hours into your workday—you haven’t even gotten through your emails and you want to rest your head on the keyboard. So what should you fuel up on instead? Candice Kumai has you covered with a week’s worth of recipes.

All smoothies that can be made in about two minutes—hey, you don’t need to tell her that mornings are rushed—each recipe is full of protein, a serving of fruits or veggies, and, in some cases, next-level ingredients like bee pollen (to help boost immunity) and spirulina (loaded with protein and iron).

You know those days when you start thinking about lunch at 11 a.m.? That’s not happening anymore.

Keep reading for winning breakfast recipes that will keep you energized all morning long.


Candice Kumai blueberry smoothie
Photo: Candice Kumai

Tuesday: Blueberry protein power shake

Serves 2

2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
2 cups frozen blueberries
4 Tbsp (1 scoop) protein powder
1 cup ice

1. Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.