I am a big fan of having green smoothies in the morning. Once you get the consistency and flavour right, it is a real treat! Let’s look at why you should consider changing up your breakfast routine.
- You start the day right and get your first serving of fruit and vegetables.
- It supports your immune system, digestion and mood immensely. And when you feel good physically and mentally you also improve your interpersonal relationships!
- Weight loss: They’re high in volume, so they take up a lot of space in your stomach. The blades of the blender slice through the cell walls of all those fruits and veggies, making their nutrients — like fiber, protein, and healthy fats — easier for your body to absorb. And the more fiber you get, the fuller you feel, which means you can eat less and still be just as satisfied.
- They’re incredibly convenient: You just throw everything into a blender and press a button, which eliminates any excuse for not eating right.
- Use a good blender. I personally use a Vitamix. I used the Nutri Bullet in the past and loved it because it’s just as powerful as those big brands, but a lot more affordable.
- Use your (unsweetened) milk of choice. Use whatever milk you like in your smoothies—you can’t go wrong. I just recommend you stick to unsweetened and unflavoured versions. I recommend using dairy free nut milks like almond, coconut, cashew or flax (not a nut).
- Sweeten to taste. Always use a banana for the creamy flavour. My recommendation is to blend up your smoothie without any added sweetener, then taste. Add in honey or maple syrup to taste if you need it. Another great natural option for sweetening: pitted Medjool dates. Throw in one or two of those into the blender. You’d be amazed at how sweet your smoothie will be!
- Stock the freezer for easy smoothies. Buy frozen organic berries, mango, pineapple or whatever else you like in terms of fruit. Get some frozen spinach or kale as well for times when you don’t have fresh ingredients in the house.
- Use your creativity for mix-ins. Toss in chia seeds or protein powder or hemp seeds or flax or whatever else you like.
Always add some healthy fats like a handful of nuts.
Over Night Oats
- 1/2 cup certified gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute (almond, coconut or flax)
- 2 teaspoons raw organic honey (or amount to taste)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
Optional Add Ins
- regular or Greek yogurt (~2 Tablespoons) or coconut (dairy free)
- protein powder (~1 Tablespoon)
- small pieces of fresh or frozen fruit
- Combine all ingredients in a jar or container. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- If using fruit, place it on top after mixing the other ingredients.
These are two easy, nutritious AND delicious breakfast ideas that can be prepared the night before (KISS = Keep it stupid simple!). You can use different add ons every time – different fruits, nuts, cacao nibs or powder, hemp seeds, matcha powder and so much more.
NEVER eat ingredients you can’t pronounce!
Except Quiona. You should eat Quinoa!