So breakfast has become a challenge…..I ve switched to doing my gym classes in the morning (ha ‘switched’…see how long this lasts!!) which means I need to prepare a breakfast I can have on the go and is ready to grab in the morning…..introducing smoothies! Quick and simple, tonnes of flavours and I can prep the night before…..and its super simple to have in the car on the drive to work (yes I have nearly crashed the car trying to eat out of a container before so I have to think about these things!).
I have only one problem with smoothies….its very hard to make one super sweet without adding a tonne of honey or sweetener or fruit……especially since I am trying to keep my fruit intake to a minimum…so I got a bit creative….here are a few ideas…..
What’s great about smoothies is you can ‘hide’ stuff in them. For instance my smoothies are always green….yes green…because I add a tonne of spinach to get extra greens in! For people trying to add weight or muscle smoothies are a great way to pack in the good stuff. Here is a smoothie version just for that!
1-2 scoops protein powder (chocoooolllaattee!!!) 1 frozen banana (peel one and shove it in freezer and thank me later) 1-2 tbsp nut butter (almond or cashew are a solid choice) 1 cup milk of choice (dairy/non dairy/chocolate/whatever) 1 cup spinach (you won't taste it I promise!) 1 cup berries (optional) 1 avocado/ 1tbsp coconut oil (other great options to get your fats in)
Blend and drinkkkkk (not too fast or you may get brain freeze 🙂 )
2. vegetables?! WTF?
Yup I ve been hiding veggies in my smoothie……started with spinach….now i regularly add broccoli…..cucumber….beetroot…..yup i m weird..Here’s what I had this morning
1 frozen apple 1/2 large cucumber 1 cup spinach 1/2 cup almond milk 1/2 cup water 1 scoop chocolate protein
Not too sweet but it hit the spot!
Finally I have a juice recipe for you……don’t make these too often because my juice machine is huge and a pain in the ass to clean……taking the whole thing apart after making just one juice is depressing to say the least…..and second juices don’t really fill me……they are a great way to get your veggies in but you lose the fibre content by juicing the fruit/veg and it s a lot more filling to eat two apples rather than juice them no? STILL juicing is a fantastic way to cleanse the body, get some vital nutrients and use up any leftover fruit/veg….plus there are loads of great recipes to use up the pulp that remains (crackers….energy balls….bars…to name a few). Plus its a million times better than shop bought juice
here are a few ideas:
plain apple or orange
apple, celery, ginger
cucumber, celery, carrot
apple, cucumber, celery, ginger
carrot, ginger, beetroot, spinach
Enjoy! It’s certainly making my mornings easier for the time being…..