Saturday, May 7, 2011

How Do Your Down Your Breakfast?

I’ve heard so many people say that they just can’t seem to eat breakfast in the morning because they’re simply not ready to eat that early, yet many of them have no problem drinking a cup of coffee.

OK, so if you’re not ready to chew on a piece of toast, scrambled eggs, or a bowl of oatmeal, how about drinking your meal? What if you could get the necessary protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats needed to fuel your body and brain after your overnight fast (i.e., break the fast), would you do it?

If so, then try a smoothie for breakfast. They’re quick to whip up, can be concocted in an infinite number of ways, and are portable too. So if your other “reason” for not eating breakfast is time, you can quickly prepare it and take it with you.

Here’s one “high energy” protein smoothie that will get me through a long morning or I like after a tough workout:

A scoop of whey or hemp protein powder

1.5 c milk (whatever milk you’re drinking. I like hemp and almond), or water

½ frozen banana

½ c frozen blueberries or other berry

1 T nut butter or ground flax seeds

heaping spoon of yogurt or small chunk of avocado

1 t honey or real maple syrup

sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and/or cardamom

For a green smoothie, add a handful of baby greens like spinach, lettuce, or even kale. You can also reduce the amount of protein powder if you’re adding the milk, nut butter and/or yogurt. Whip it all up in the blender, then transfer it into your travel mug or bottle (I like my LifeFactory glass bottle because it has a wide mouth that works well with thicker beverages like smoothies), and go.

What’s in your smoothie?

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