A High Energy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Matcha smoothieThis breakfast smoothie for energy is simple to make, full of nutritious ingredients and is a delicious way to start your day.

It makes for a much healthier replacement for coffee in the morning and provides a more long-lasting energy than the quick hit and crash of coffee.

Why This Green Smoothie is So Energizing


It’s no surprise the athletes like tennis players often snack on bananas during their matches. The fruit gives a fast and satisfying energy boost and is full of healthy nutrients for this breakfast smoothie.

Bananas are particularly rich in potassium for regulating blood pressure and proper heart function. They are also a good source of dietary fiber that soothes your digestive system and contain other valuable minerals like magnesium and manganese as well as vitamin C and B vitamins for energy production.

Grass Fed Whey

Your body needs protein to operate at its best but many people get insufficient amounts or use poor protein sources like processed meat. Grass fed whey is an excellent source of protein and is particularly high in lactoferrin.

The substance lactoferrin is up bioactive compound that helps regulate iron homeostasis within your body and combats fatigue and lethargy associated with low iron levels.

There is minimal lactoferrin in cheap heat processed whey protein but this organic and low temperature filtered grass fed whey I use is full of it, along with other healthy nutrients like immunoglobulins, conjugated linoleic acid and cysteine for glutathione production.

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha is a powdered version of green tea that is made from specially shade grown young tea leaves and is incredibly high in antioxidants like epigallocatechin gallate for improving circulation as well as cleansing and energizing chlorophyll.

Many people drink it on its own but I’ve found matcha to be great in smoothie recipes where you want energy, particularly for breakfast or early in the day.

Matcha green tea has about half the caffeine of coffee but also contains high levels of l-theanine. This special amino acid moderates the caffeine in green tea and prevents it from stimulating excessive stress hormones like cortisol.

Instead the combination of caffeine and l-theanine in matcha provides a more gentle, balanced and longer lasting energy than the jittery buzz of coffee or other highly caffeinated products.Smoothie Boost


The spice cinnamon adds a wonderful aroma and taste to this green smoothie but its real purpose is to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent insulin spikes that can crash your energy, particularly mid morning.

It’s recommended to add a teaspoon of real Ceylon cinnamon like this one to any smoothie recipes with banana or other fruits with reasonably high levels of natural sugars.

Coconut Oil

The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil are an excellent source of slow burning energy and add a creamy texture to this energy smoothie.

A heaped tablespoon of this extra-virgin and organic coconut oil goes into all of my smoothies, both for the healthy fats and to gently slow down the rate at which the body uses the nutrients in the smoothie and provide a longer lasting and more stable energy source.

Ingredient List

  • 1 banana.
  • 30 g of grass fed whey protein.
  • 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea.
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • 1 teaspoon of real Ceylon cinnamon.
  • Healthy milk of your choice such as half coconut milk and half water, hemp milk, almond milk or kefir. Coconut water with its natural electrolytes would be particularly good.
  • Optional: A powdered greens supplement will boost the energy delivery potential of this smoothie recipe with its wide variety of nutrients.

How to Make A Breakfast Energy Smoothie

This breakfast smoothie is designed to be quick and simple and has fewer ingredients than most of the other smoothie recipes on Superfood Profiles. If you’d like to make it for two or even three people you could double the ingredients and add extra milk.

You could also make it up as a quick energy shake if you like by mashing the banana and coconut oil well with a fork in a bowl and then adding them and all the other ingredients to a shaker bottle.

I’ve always prefered the well blended texture and taste of a proper smoothie though so the instructions below are for making this recipe with a blender.

  1. To begin, peel and break up your banana and throw it into your blender.
  2. Add the whey, matcha, cinnamon and coconut oil.
  3. Top up your blender jug to about two fifths up with your coconut water.
  4. Switch on your blender and blend until it’s all mixed together.
  5. Pour it into a tall glass and enjoy immediately.

When to Drink This Green Smoothie for More Energy

Morning is the best time for this energizing smoothie recipe, ideally as a breakfast replacement or late morning pickmeup.

With the small amount of caffeine from the matcha and natural sugars in the banana it’s not really an evening smoothie, unless perhaps you plan on a big night out on the dance floor.

With a bit of practice you should be able to make it up in under a minute, with another minute for a quick wash of your blender. Even the busiest person has time for that in the morning and it certainly beats sugary cereal, both in terms of taste and nutrition.

I’d appreciate your comments if you make up this breakfast green smoothie for yourself and any other ingredients you’d suggest adding to it. If you’ve never tried matcha green tea in your morning smoothies before I think you’re going to love the way it makes you feel.

Photo 1 credit: Emily Hill


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Hey I was trying to pin this recipe on Pinterest and I get a message that it’s spam. Don’t understand why I can’t save it. Any ideas?

Jim Dillan

Hi Jenny,

If you try to pin directly from the site you’ll see my explanation on what Pinterest has done.

All the best,




Jim Dillan

Hi Katherine and thanks for your positive comments.

The grass fed whey is a good addition you might like to try in the future but the smoothie is still great without it. There’s more recipes like this here http://superfoodprofiles.com/tag/superfood-recipes/ and different ones in the free ebook and Health Enhancements newsletter here http://superfoodprofiles.com/health-enhancements/

All the best,



Hello and thanks for this recipe. It looks and sounds delicious. Is there a way to just print the recipe itself directly from this page? Actually, I would love to print several of your recipes from your website, but I don’t see a print options. Thank you so much!

Jim Dillan

Thanks for your positive comment Elena.

If you go to the social media buttons to the left and hit the bottom blue button that looks like a crown, then scroll down to Printer Friendly. Hit that and you should have a print button up the top of the screen to print it out.

Hope this helps,



Hi,I would love to have health drink for cholesterol..thanks!

Jim Dillan

Hi Eunice and thanks for your comments.

I have smoothie articles to write soon and a good one will be on heart health. If you recieve the Health Enhancements newsletter which you can get for free here http://superfoodprofiles.com/free-ebook-top-6-health-benefits-pineapples/ you’ll get a weekly email with new and recommended superfood posts.

All the best,



Hi, Jim I am 52 years of age and I recently went for a check up after consuming lots of energy drinks and sodas over the past two years. Found out I was pre diabetic, and they wanted to put me on medication which I refused, and also I have been experiencing ED erectile disfuntion can you help or givie suggestions on what may help with this issue. Thank you!

Jim Dillan

Hi Derrick,

I would investigate adrenal fatigue as a likely culprit. I haven’t written on this topic but my friend Wendy has some good information on it liveto110.com/epidemic-adrenal-fatigue/

Being pre diabetic one of the best things you can do to prevent the condition worsening is to replace insulin spiking simple carb grain foods like bread and pasta with mixed vegetables or healthy salads as the basis for your meals with a good protein source http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-make-healthier-salads-in-4-simple-steps

Celery juice and watermelon juice using the green skin as well as the red center is recommended for erectile disfunction. Mucuna http://superfoodprofiles.com/mucuna-pruriens-benefits-uses and this smoothie recipe could also help http://superfoodprofiles.com/maca-blueberry-smoothie-recipe-more-testosterone-libido

All the best,



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