We've all heard it: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives us the energy we need to get through our morning commute and the early Monday meeting that you're just not quite ready for.
When in a rush, a lot of people opt for a granola bar or fast food but I prefer a breakfast smoothie. Simply because it's already made the night before (perfect for grab and go) and the possibilities are endless so you'll never get bored. But first, lets talk the basics.
1) Know what's in your smoothie. This is why I like to make my own with no "surprise" ingredients. If you tend to buy them, be sure to know the ingredients used. Lots of places will add sugar, artificial sweeteners and food dyes -- things we can do without.
2) Choose a base. Is it milk (cows milk or milk alternative)? Is it water? Or even tea?
3) Choose a "creamer". No not actual creamer. Choose an ingredient that will make it creamy. My favorite "creamers" are avocado, banana or greek yogurt.
4) Choose a source of protein. Whether it's protein powder, nut butter, greek yogurt or tofu (yes that's not a typo), add it to your smoothie. It'll keep you full for longer and also keep your blood sugar stable (win-win). Ps - the yogurt and tofu can double up as "creamers"
5) Add a sweetener. Your best option here would be fruit because it's naturally sweet. The riper the fruit, the sweeter the taste. I like bananas, raspberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple or cherries.
6) Optional: Add some greens! Adding spinach will add valuable nutrients without changing the flavor. Just the color might be a big brighter.
7) Add your toppings. Oats. Nuts. Homemade granola. It's all good :)
There you have it. Make the night before and even if you wake up 5 minutes before you head out the door, you still have breakfast.
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