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3 Smoothie Recipes by Dr. Jan McBarron to Start Your Morning

Board certified bariatric medical professional Dr. Jan McBarron has realized that many struggle to consume the necessary daily nutrients. With the hustle and bustle of modern life, fresh ingredients and balanced meals are an ideal some find strenuous to meet. Smoothies provide a convenient, all-in-one solution for those looking for a nutritious kickstart to their morning.

With the right ingredients, nutritious smoothies can help boost your immune system, improve digestive health, skyrocket your energy, and much more. A quick and tasty way to pack a nutritious punch into your morning.

  1. Nutrient-Rich Spinach Smoothie

Dr. Jan McBarron asserts that dark, leafy greens are an essential part of any balanced diet. Unfortunately, not everyone loves them. Some might turn their noses up in disgust at the thought of smoothie containing spinach, but combined with the sweet flavors of banana and apple, a spinach smoothie is a great way to sneak a serving of greens into your diet.

Consuming spinach in the morning gives you an extra dose of iron, which helps the body efficiently use energy. To make a smoothie that’s packed with potassium, riboflavin, folate and heaps of vitamins, try whipping up this nutrient-rich green spinach smoothie.


  • Ice
  • ¾ cups of all-natural, organic orange juice
  • 1 apple with the core removed
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups of spinach
  1. High Protein Chia Seed Smoothie

If you’re already leading a healthy, active lifestyle you’re probably planning on starting your morning with a workout. This smoothie is designed to give your body a little extra boost.
Besides improving your energy level for a more efficient workout, the blueberries in this smoothie also help curb your appetite and keep you full until lunch time. It also contains fiber-packed chia seeds, which are low in calories but high in protein. To stay energized and motivated throughout your day, try starting your morning with this high-protein smoothie recipe.


  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  1. Pineapple Smoothie for Digestion

Dr. Jan McBarron knows that a healthy body requires a happy digestive system. All too often, we choose to start our mornings with rich, heavy foods like pancakes, waffles, and greasy meats such as bacon or sausage. When consumed, these foods cripple the digestive system and slow you down. Alternatively, this delicious, pineapple and banana smoothie recipe gives your body’s digestive system the power it needs to keep your gut healthy and happy, no matter what the day throws at it.


  • 1 cup pineapple
  • ½ cup banana
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger

For additional sweetness, try mixing in a drizzle of raw honey. Not only does it naturally sweeten the drink, it also rich in antioxidants and helps to improve cholesterol.

Last Thoughts
Like an automobile, your body can only run efficiently if you put quality fuel into it. Dr. Jan McBarron and most medical professionals agree: a good breakfast is the key to a healthier life. Nutrient-rich smoothies can help increase your focus, boost motivation, skyrocket your energy levels, and give you the nutrients you need to power through your day.



Jan McBarron, M.D. has over 30 years of experience helping individuals lose weight and live healthier lives. For over 20 years, Dr. McBarron also co-hosted Duke & the Doctor, a leading, nationally syndicated health talk show.

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Dr. Jan McBarron

Dr. Jan McBarron


Dr. Jan McBarron of Duke and the Doctor is an award winning Bariatric Medical Doctor, author and popular public speaker.