Mornings are usually hectic especially when you have kids around. If you want healthier meals but do not have the luxury of time, you can prepare a healthy smoothie for breakfast instead of cooking a hot meal. You’ll have a nutritious meal in a matter of minutes when you make a smoothie. It’s also a great alternative to a bowl of cereal.
Being the most important meal of the day, breakfast must include a balanced selection of cereals, proteins, fruits and vegetables. For most people, this is too much of a challenge. But anyone can find the time to make a healthy smoothie for breakfast.
Choosing Your Ingredients
To make a breakfast smoothie with the highest nutritional value, use the freshest ingredients whenever possible. Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables may not have as much vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts. Also, canned and frozen fruits may contain added sugar. Your local grocery store is possibly the best source of fresh produce. Be sure to wash the produce thoroughly to remove dirt and pesticides.
Your smoothie must contain carbohydrates for energy to jumpstart your metabolism. However, a healthy breakfast smoothie should also include protein. A high protein smoothie will provide longer lasting nutrition and energy. You will feel full longer.
Yogurt, protein powder and tofu are excellent sources of protein. You can also add a healthy dose of good fats by putting coconut oil in your smoothie.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 5 ice cubes
Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend slowly at first then gradually increase speed until mixture is smooth and thick.
If you want to reduce the fat and calories in this recipe, use low fat milk and yogurt. If only takes a few minutes to whip up this delicious smoothie.
Banana Berry Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup mixed berries
- 1/2 banana, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 3/4 cup yogurt (choose any kind)
- 1 cup ice
Blend together all ingredients until thick and creamy.
This breakfast smoothie recipe is an excellent source of protein and calcium from the milk, yogurt and protein powder. It’s also packed with antioxidants from the berries and potassium from the banana. The fruit’s fiber adds bulk so you will feel full longer.