So “Smoothie” In The Morning
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha
Smoothies are my go to in the morning for breakfast. They not only fill me up, but give me the energy I need to get through the day. I am not a breakfast person, unless I am meeting friends or it is a special occasion.
I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I still struggle with it. I get up extremely early and do not really care about eating when the sun hasn’t even risen. I do not even want coffee! Unfortunately usually by the time I am ready for some grub I have been up for hours and it is almost lunch time.
Thus smoothies are the perfect solution for me. It is a nutritious “Meal” without actually being one. I can take it on the go, and I can also meal prep them a week out.
Mine consistent of protein powder, greek yogurt, greens, frozen fruit, cinnamon, chia seeds, flax seed, and oats. sometimes I add coconut oil, other times I add apple sauce or water to smooth it out, or add some local honey if my allergies are bothering me.
1/4 to a 1/2 cup frozen fruit of your choice (I typically use blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries)
8 ounces Greek yogurt
A scoop of protein powder (I use Trader Joe’s Vanilla Whey which comes with a scoop, but I would say it is a quarter cup)
A cup of greens (again Chef’s choice. I usually do spinach and kale)
1/4 cup steel cut oats or regular
A tablespoon each of chia seeds, flax seeds, and cinnamon
A quarter cup of water
Throw everything into a blender (I use the Nutribullet and so far my curse of broken blenders seems to have stopped with it) and blend that baby up!
I like my smoothie, very well, smooth (pun kind of intended?) so I blend it up for a solid thirty seconds. I also sometimes have to stop the blender, and take a dull bladed knife or spatula and mix it since the flax seed, protein powder, and chia seeds like to cling to the sides.
The measurements are all approximate, since I seem to have left my OCD measuring skills back in the days when I was a pastry chef. It really does depend on your taste buds, which is why I love this recipe. Some days I want more greens and less fruit and other days I want a sweeter smoothie.
If you try this smoothie let me know in the comments what you think! Do you have a smoothie recipe you love? What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?