Feel rushed in the morning? Me too! I try to mix my smoothie ingredients the night before so all I need to do is blend and pour. If I’m not organized, things fall apart and I end up leaving the house without a proper breakfast and by mid morning I’m in a slump.
What better way to assure you and your family receive essential vitamins and minerals to start the day with a rich, frothy smoothie?
Keep your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer stocked! We keep plenty of frozen berries and Acai Packets ready to to blend. Set out your blender and smoothie ingredients, toast, eggs, or breakfast oats the night before. The coffee maker is ready to go too, along with my water bottle to take in to the office.
Choose a protein, carbohydrate, and fat to begin your day. If you aren’t a breakfast person, that’s okay ~ pack a snack for later in the morning. Protein can come from a Vegan or Whey protein powder, eggs, cottage cheese, or nut butter. Choose healthy carbohydrates from fresh fruit, oats, and other grains. Fats from nuts, seeds, and avocado are a wonderful addition to every breakfast. Combining all three macronutrients will help sustain you and reduce the chance of a mid morning slump and snacking on something that isn’t good for you.
Smoothies can prepared for breakfast or a mid-morning snack as a quick and healthy alternative to more traditional food choices. Try different fruits and liquids until you find would tastes best to you. The options for smoothies are endless and once you get into the habit of blending, I guarantee you will begin to enjoy them. Investing in a good blender is worth it! I’ve had a Vitamix for years and use it for everything. If you are considering a blender, there are a few others that you might want to consider.
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Here are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes:
I currently use Garden of Life Protein Powder. If I what to add a Whey protein, my favorite is Stronger Faster Healthier and the vanilla is delicious. Vital Collegan is said to promote youthful skin, hair, and nails, while supporting joint and bone health.
Orange Cream-sickle: Lots of Vitamin C and potassium + vanilla protein powder for sustained energy.
Orange, banana, vanilla protein powder, almond milk.
Glowing Green: Want to help your skin from the inside? Try this delicious mix of fresh greens + fruit.
Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Pineapple, Green Apple, Cilantro, and Lemon.
Chocolate Craving: The dates + cocoa nibs are my favorite part of this silky chocolate.
Pear, Dates, Vital Proteins, and topped with cocoa nibs ~ yum!
- 2 oranges (peeled and cut in to pieces)
- 6 to 8 ounces of sweetened almond or hemp milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 Tablespoon of protein powder
Glowing Green Smoothie
- 6 to 8 ounces of coconut water
- 1 hand full of romaine lettuce (chopped)
- 1 hand full of spinach or kale
- 1/2 of a lemon (juice only)
- 1 green apple (sliced and chopped)
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup of celery
- 6 to 8 ounces of unsweetened hemp or almond milk (I like vanilla)
- 2 dates (remove pits)
- 1 Tablespoon Almond or Sun Butter
- 1 scoop of Vital Proteins
- 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon
- 1 pear (diced)
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons of cocoa nibs (sweetened variety)
*each recipe can be adjusted to make one or two servings