Sick of cereal? Bored of breakfast in general? It’s the perfect time of year to bring a little bit of summer back into your life with a delicious and fresh smoothie. Photography by Ryan Brook/TC Media Not sure where to start? Smoothies are actually pretty easy to make but more importantly they are fast. Plus, kids love smoothies and they can go on the road with you in a rush without getting crumbs all over the back seat. You don’t need a Vitamix either (though they’re seriously worth the splurge) —any basic blender will do the trick as long as it blends ice. First, we got an expert to share the top ingredients you need in your smoothie. Second, we’ve got a ton of great smoothies on Canadianliving.com. This kale smoothie (pictured above) is a winner. The ingredients include: 1 cup (250 mL) loosely packed chopped stemmed kale 1 cup (250 mL) ice cubes 1 half apples, peeled and chopped 1 banana 1/2 cup (125 mL) almond milk Here’s some of other healthy smoothie recipes I’ve concocted myself: Chocolate almond butter banana smoothie: a spoonful of almond butter a scoop of hormone-free whey protein powder a banana a handful of cocoa nibs 2 scoops of Greek yogurt almond milk or water 3 ice cubes I love this because it tastes like a treat but it’s filled with antioxidants and protein! Raw green superfood smoothie: a spoonful of matcha green tea powder a handful of kale and spinach some shredded ginger 3 ice cubes a scoop of vegan or sprouted rice vegetarian protein a sprinkle of chia seeds half an avocado (it makes it nice and creamy!) This recipe is a great snack and helps you get those extra servings of veggies without a ton of calories. Try out these delicious and speedy smoothie recipes. Share your favourite recipes with us on Facebook and Twitter! You might also like:A healthy snack when you're really craving co... A delicious and healthy beet hummus recipe Delicious gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes Is self-compassion the key to weight loss? How much food dye is in your child's food?