Breakfast Smoothie To Supercharge Your Day

July 13, 2013

Breakfast is starting to become the meal folks run to or from for weight loss. The intermittent fasting crowd say not eating breakfast is superior for weight loss and then there are those that say it is the most important meal of the day to get your metabolism going and provide the nutrients to fuel your day. I am very much in the latter group partially because I get really grumpy without breakfast and I get lethargic and am much more tired as the day progresses. Most people seem to run out of time for breakfast and as they are heading out the door they grab a cup of coffee or hit a drive thru for coffee and a breakfast pastry or sandwich thingy. Here is an alternative that may require some assembly the night before to speed things up in the morning and all it really requires is a blender – Smoothie. This is not your insulin spiking Jamba juice smoothie that requires the addition of ice to fill up your cup. Many of the classic, power sized Jamba Juice smoothies have over 100 grams of sugar. This one is hearty and healthy for you. I normally don’t measure ingredients out when I am blending because I add until the blender is full, however I have cut this recipe down to hopefully fit in a 16-20oz glass. Here it is:2-4 TBSP of rolled oatmeal (regular or instant)1-2 tsp flax seed (milled or whole)1 handful of spinach or kale1 medium sized peeled orange cut into quarters½ – 1 cup fresh berries or fruit (your choice: grapes, mango, pear , strawberries all work well)½ -1 cup frozen berries (your choice. My favorite is blueberries, but any will work)½ – 1 cup fluid (water, milk or 100% juice)1TBSP peanut butter or any nut butter (optional)1 dash of cinnamon (optional)Sweetener to taste (optional)Put the fresh berries/fruit and orange in the blender first followed by the spinach/kale, oatmeal and flax seed with the frozen berries on top. Add the fluid last and blend for about a minute. If your blender does not handle oatmeal or flax seed well you can upgrade to something like a vitamix or blendtec, or you can use a small electric coffee grinder to grind them up prior putting them in.The oatmeal and flax provide a lot of soluble fiber which quickly thickens the smoothie ad help you feel full longer. Flax seed is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids that are heart healthy, but the downside is it needs to be freshly milled to be able to reap its full benefits. The nut butter will not only and in more healthy fats but some, not much, protein as well. Sweetener may be added, but what you add is up to you. Stevia is a great choice as it is zero calorie. Be careful of the liquid sugars (agave nectar, honey, 100% maple syrup, etc) if diabetic as some may not seem as sweet, but they still will cause insulin levels to spike. Grapes add a lot of sweetness to smoothies. The color will be interesting.Enjoy

ight loss. The intermittent fasting crowd say not eating breakfast is superior for weight loss and then there are th

ose that say it is the most important meal of the day to get your metabolism going and provide the nutrients to fuel your day. I am very much in the latter group partially because I get really grumpy without breakfast and I get lethargic and am much more tired as the day p

rogresses. Most people seem to run out of time for breakfast and as they are heading out the door they grab a cup of coffee or hit a drive thru for coffee and a breakfast pastry or sandwich thingy.

Here is an alternative that may require some assembly the night before to speed things up in

the morning and all it really requires is a blender – Smoothie. This is not your insulin spiking Jamba juice smoothie that requires the addition of ice to fill up your cup. Many of the classic, power sized Jamba Juice smoothies have over 100 grams of sugar. This one is hearty and healthy for you. I normally don’t measure ingredients out when I am blending because I add until the blender is full, however I have cut this recipe down to hopefully fit in a 16-20oz glass. Here it is:

2-4 TBSP of rolled oatmeal (regular or instant)
1-2 tsp flax seed (milled or whole)

1 handful of spinach or kale
1 medium sized peeled orange cut into quarters
½ – 1 cup fresh berries or fruit (your choice: grapes, mango, pear , strawberries all work well)
½ -1 cup frozen berries (your choice. My favorite is blueberries, but any will work)
½ – 1 cup fluid (water, milk or 100% juice)
1TBSP peanut butter or any nut butter (optional)
1 dash of cinnamon (optional)
Sweetener to taste (optional)

Put the fresh berries/fruit and orange in the blender first followed by the spinach/kale, oatmeal and flax seed with the frozen berries on top. Add the fluid last and blend for about a minute. If your blender does not handle oatmeal or flax seed well you can upgrade to something like a vitamix or blendtec, or you can use a small electric coffee grinder to grind them up prior putting them in.

The oatmeal and flax provide a lot of soluble fiber which quickly thickens the smoothie and help you feel full longer. Flax seed is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids th

at are h

eart healthy, but the downside is it needs to be freshly milled to be able to reap its full benefits. The nut butter will not only and in more healthy fats but some, not much, protein

as well.

Sweetener may be added, but what you add is up to you. Stevia is a great choice as it is zero calorie. Be careful of the liquid sugars (agave nectar, honey, 100% maple syrup, etc) if diabetic as some may not seem as sweet, but they still will cause insulin levels to spike. Grapes add

a lot of sweetness to smoothies.

The color will be interesting.
Enjoy

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