Tummy Tamer Breakfast Shake

Here’s the deal. I love breakfast.

Tummy Tamer Breakfast Shake // Katy's Kitchen

Not in the “Great, I woke up, let’s make a yummy smoothie!” kind of way.  I really love breakfast. The thought of replacing a meal with a smoothie kind of freaks me out. I need a smoothie AND pancakes AND some fruit on the side.

The last time I was out for brunch, I ordered the biggest breakfast on the menu. With an extra fruit cup. And tea and juice. I just couldn’t decide.

Then one morning, for what seemed like the first time ever, I woke up not wanting breakfast. My tummy ached. Inspired by this article, I went to the kitchen to create a shake that would settle things down and make everything better.

And then, an hour later, I had some pancakes.

Tummy Tamer Breakfast Shake // Katy's Kitchen

Ginger is the surprising ingredient in this smoothie, providing a kick that might be enough to delay that cup of coffee for an hour or two. The spice is certainly not overpowering, but definitely a necessity. Trust me. It takes the smoothie from boring to brilliantly bananas. Literally. 😉

Frozen fruit ensures the smoothie stays cold and thick without compromising flavour. Just how I like it. And I know you do, too.

Tummy Tamer Breakfast Shake

Prep: 5-15 min

Serves: 1


  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 2 TB plus 1 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
  • ½ tsp powdered ginger
  • ¼ cup plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • ½ frozen banana
  • heaping ¼ cup frozen blueberries


  1. Optional: Add 1 tsp of chia seeds and 2 TB of milk to a cup and let sit for about 10 minutes in the fridge until a gel forms.
  2. In a blender, add the chia gel with the rest of the milk, ginger, yogurt, banana, and blueberries. Blend and serve immediately.

Note: The chia seeds are optional in this shake. They don’t change the taste at all, they only slightly thicken the smoothie. However, they have great health benefits. Read why I use them here.

Have you ever tried mixing up your smoothies and recipes with spices? What are your favourite go-to seasonings?

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

14 thoughts on “Tummy Tamer Breakfast Shake”

  1. It’s funny because I never used to be a breakfast person until I met my husband a few years ago and now I adore it! So I’m like you – the thought of having a shake/smoothies as a replacement is not my cup of tea but I do love a good shake for a snack.
    This shake looks and sounds delish so I can’t wait to try it. I am curious to see if I like the ginger in it.
    Pancakes always win though. 😉

    1. You might be surprised, I’m not a huge ginger person and have never been a big fan of gingerbread but with the fruit it just works!

  2. I love just about any smoothie with blueberries : ) I like the little bit of ginger … I would have never thought to put that in a smoothie but it sounds great!

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