Most days, I enjoy a cup of coffee. It’s a comforting morning ritual. I have one 12-ounce cup with one sugar and one cream.
While I love my morning cup of coffee and believe in its health benefits, I don’t like the idea of becoming dependent upon caffeine to start my days. So, I started looking for other morning beverages that would give me an equivalent energy boost.
It was during this time that I discovered the almighty breakfast smoothie.
I used the think smoothies were unhealthy, especially most of the Jamba Juice ones because they’re pumped full of so much sugar and little real fruit. Plus, how could a smoothie keep anyone full for more than an hour?
That was until I started making my “berries and greens” breakfast smoothie. Not only is it a meal in a glass and keeps me full all the way to lunch, it also gives me as much – if not more – energy as my usual cup of coffee.
See my breakfast smoothie recipe below.
The secret to a hearty smoothie is protein, and leafy greens pack more protein than most people think. The Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, too. The rolled oats I add have lots of fiber, which help to keep me full. I get tons of energy from all the vitamins and minerals in the variety of fruits, veggies and seeds.
Another perk is that if you’re running late, you can easily take it with you to go.
Try it for yourself:
My Berries and Greens Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small ones.
Time: 5 to 10 minutes
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 1 handful of sliced strawberries
- 1 handful of shredded carrots
- 1 handful of spinach or kale
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 3 to 4 tbsp. honey
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Frozen berries work just as well as fresh. Also, feel free to add, substitute or subtract fruits and veggies, as your palate prefers.
Helpful cleaning tip: After you pour the smoothie, fill the blender with a cup of water and pulse it a few times. This will prevent seeds from sticking, saving you annoying scrubbing and cleaning time later.
What did you think?