Smoothies are a great start to the day or a good mid-morning or afternoon snack and a great way of consuming a good portion of your '5 a day'. They are beneficial as they also come with the extra fibre from the fruit, as you blend the whole fruit rather than simply extract the juice. This extra fibre helps to balance your blood sugar whereas a juice can overwhelm your body with too much sugar in one hit! The other great thing about smoothies is that you can pretty much tailor make your own and hide lots of good nutritious foods in them to set you up for the day ahead. You also feel rather virtuous after having one! I would think about including the following:
Oats - oats are great to use in smoothies to make more of a substantial breakfast and provide the slow releasing carbohydrates to help your energy levels during the day. Use dry oats , these can be mixed with fruit and yoghurt etc to make a healthy liquid breakfast in a hurry!