Breakfast…everyone’s gripe. “I don’t have enough time.” “I’m just not hungry in the morning!” blah blah blah. Breakfast REALLY is the most important meal of the day. You wouldn’t drive your car on empty, so, why would you start your day without any fuel in your tank. Green smoothies, in my opinion, are one of the fastest, easiest, ways to pack a ton of nutrition into your day. On the contrary to popular belief, using the blender in the morning is not too time consuming.
I wake up around 4 am and have half a banana before my run and save the other half. When I come home and finish my workout, I prepare the smoothie before getting dressed for the day. I typically use 2 cups of spinach, 4 or 5 medium strawberries, 1/2 a banana, a quarter of an apple, 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 a cup of skim milk, and a packet of “truvia”. You can throw in some oats or bran flakes for more fiber if, you like. I then put the smoothie into a large glass or my plastic “to-go” cup. Next, I soak the blender and consume the drink while I get ready and if I have to I finish it on the way to work. Before I run out the door I give the blender a good rinse and leave it to air dry and I am out the door! The smoothie has in it over 20 grams of protein, tons of fiber, and vitamins! It keeps me full for a long time and lets me have a lot of spinach without ever even tasting it! So, no excuses! Have breakfast and make it a nutritious one! Be happy. Be healthy. Be fit.!
-Helen Mullen RD2B