Alright, I can’t lie about it. I’ve been fairly lazy about cooking fun dinners recently. It’s been pretty hot outside and I rarely feel like cooking exciting stuff. So, really, the most exciting meal in my day is often breakfast. For the last week or so, I’ve been perfecting the best possible smoothie to start the day with. I wanted to make sure that it would get me through a busy morning with the preschool munchkins as well as provide as many nutritional benefits as possible. After days of tweaking and changing it, I finally came up with a smoothie that I love and that provides all I need and more. Plus, it tastes great! Delicious enough that I’ve had it every morning for the last week and I’m not tired of it yet!
– 1 banana
– 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries
– Handful of fresh spinach
– 1 tbsp of milled flax seeds
– 1 tsp of chia seeds
– 1/2 scoop of 100% Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate flavored
– 1 cup of fat free milk
1. Put all the ingredients in a big glass or in the blender container. I like to put the banana, blueberries and spinach first, followed by the dry ingredients and finish with the milk.
2. Blend everything until nice and smooth.
I started making smoothies in January, after receiving the awesomest and prettiest immersion blender for Christmas. It is so easy to use, blends everything (so far), and is super quick and easy to clean. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can obviously use a regular blender. It’s just more trouble to clean…and I tend to be lazy when I get up in the morning. 😉
You might have noticed that I didn’t put anything frozen in my smoothie. I’ve made smoothies a few times with frozen bananas or frozen blueberries and it tasted fine. The main reason is simple: I don’t like cold when I wake up in the morning. The milk makes the smoothie cold enough for me. I don’t need an iced-cold breakfast. But you could certainly use frozen blueberries and/or bananas.
I used the CalorieCount website to see the nutritional value of this smoothie and the result is pretty good. A single serving of this smoothie has 315 calories, it is very high in calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamins B (1-2-6), and dietary fiber. The bummer is that there is a lot of sugar. But all in all, I think it’s a good start. I’m sure I will keep tweaking my morning smoothie and would love to hear what you all like to put in yours…