I love smoothies. They are quick to make, require very little clean up, and you can drink them on your way to work (hint, use a sealed cup with a straw or at least once a month you will be wearing your breakfast in the office.

Here are five recipes for power smoothies that are quick to prepare and make a spectacular breakfast on the go.

BANANA-BERRY POWER SMOOTHIE

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 small, peeled ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup stemmed, sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (if you are vegan, choose soy, hemp, or pea protein)
  • Honey to taste

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.

HIGH PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup Vanilla honey ice milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Banana — peeled and cut in chunks
  • 3 Pecans — broken
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder (if you are vegan, choose soy, hemp, or pea protein)

Combine ice milk, milk, banana, pecans, wheat germ, and protein powder in b lender container. Blend until smooth but still thick.

PEANUT BUTTER POWER SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 cup soymilk
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 banana — frozen
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Combine soymilk, tofu, and peanut butter in blender. Add bananas, chocolate syrup, and any ice cubes if desired. Blend until smooth.

MACHO POWER SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup nonfat soymilk (such as Healthy Valley Soy Moo)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe
  • 1 tsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen (without sugar)

Put all ingredients into blender. Blend well until smooth.

POWER BERRY SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 – 8 ounce container of vanilla yogurt
  • 2/3 cup uncooked oats
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Honey to taste

Place all ingredients except ice in blender. Cover and blend on high for 2 minutes or until smooth. Gradually add ice cubes; blend on high until smooth.

Try any of these recipes or mix and match for your favorite combination. I like to use frozen fruit in mine instead of ice, to keep things cold with out watering it down.