Have you ever put greens in your smoothie? If not, you are seriously missing out!
I’m sure you’ve heard time and again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I feel like it is so important that it needs to be restated here. Eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and tells your body to start burning calories instead of conserving them. But, what you eat for breakfast is just as important, if not more so. While it may seem convenient, starting your day off with baked goods (muffin, scone, etc.) or sugar filled cereal sets you up for failure. Think sugar crash, increased hunger throughout the day, and weight gain, to name a few. For the past year or so I have been religious about having my morning breakfast smoothie and it is the number one thing that keeps me on track.
Keep in mind that not all smoothies are created equal. Just because it looks like a smoothie, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. A great smoothie doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to make, but it should be high in nutrients, low in sugar and include some healthy fat. No, this doesn’t mean you should be choking down things you don’t like just because they meet these guidelines. Use them as a guide to find ingredients that you enjoy so making your morning smoothie doesn’t feel like a chore. Be open to trying new things as well, including adding dark, leafy greens to your smoothie. I realize this may be offputting for some people. Boyfriends, co-workers, and even my mother have looked at me with disgusted glances when they see my bright green smoothie, but I promise you it tastes NOTHING like a salad and it is a great way to get in extra nutrients that will give you energy and help keep you full longer, so you don’t have a slump before lunchtime.
Not convinced? Add it in slowly so your body (and mind) can adjust. Start with one spinach leaf, then next time add two spinach leaves, and so on, until you are fully comfortable throwing an entire handful into the blender. This doesn’t have to be an overnight change – baby steps are perfectly acceptable and encouraged.
A quick and easy smoothie to help you power through your day. Bonus – it’s both gluten-free and dairy-free and you won’t miss either!
- 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened coconut milk (I use vanilla)
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 cup (~100 g) organic frozen or fresh strawberries
- handful of organic baby spinach
- 1 serving high-quality vanilla vegan protein powder
- 2 tsp organic maca powder (optional)
- Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Make sure to use unsweetened coconut milk – added sugar can lead to a sugar crash later on.
- You may want to add a few ice cubes if you use fresh strawberries instead of frozen – it definitely tastes better cold.
- Maca powder is optional, but it’s great for hormone regulation and it provides a natural boost of energy.
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