Smoothies – An Easy, On-The-Go Breakfast

Smoothies – An Easy, On-The-Go Breakfast

Okay, back to the topic of food. Continuing with the theme of breakfasts, this video shows two variations on a fruit smoothie. I think smoothies make a great breakfast because if you are pressed for time in the morning, you can drink them as you drive to work, or even at your desk once you’ve arrived. It’s an easy way to get some more fruit into your diet, and the possible variations are almost endless.

I think of smoothies as having 3 basic components: whole fruit, liquid, and fat. Berries are a popular choice for the fruit, but also consider bananas, pineapple and oranges. If the fruit is frozen, it gives the smoothie a nice frosty texture – or you could use fresh fruit with some ice. You might even want to consider vegetables to sub for some of the fruits, such as spinach or other leafy greens, or shredded carrots. The Green Monster Movement is a great source for smoothie recipes that include greens, without tasting too “vegetal.”

For the liquid, you can use a fruit juice, milk, or a non-dairy alternative such as almond milk or soy milk. I feel that fat is an important component because it helps you to better absorb the nutrients from the fruit, and also helps to prevent blood sugar spikes. Fat choices include avocado, various nut butters, yogurt or even cottage cheese.

In the video I use a Magic Bullet to blend the smoothies, because I like the convenience of blending the drink in the same cup you drink it from. But if I could afford it, I would really like to get a VitaMix blender. Supposedly they can liquify almost anything, so they are great for making all kinds of smoothies. Maybe I’ll get one someday.

The two recipes follow the video.

Fruit Smoothie #1 (my all-time favorite)
Serves 1

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 avocado

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until combined.

Fruit Smoothie #2 (good for saving money, or if you don’t have avocados on hand, or just don’t like them)
Serves 1

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp almond butter

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until combined.