Smoothie Kick


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I've been on a "Smoothie-for-Breakfast" kick lately.  Partly because I'm on the 20/20 Challenge.  Partly because I got on the scale and was taken back.  Partly because finding something quick and healthy for breakfast has been a chore and although I can eat fruit, drinking smoothies has proven to be the best method for me of obtaining my fruit intake on a more regular basis.

Because I'm having to commute farther for work, I'm gone before 7 A.M. and don't have lunch until 12:40 P.M. so I need a breakfast that will last.

Here are some of the fruit smoothies that I've been trying lately:

Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie


With this smoothie, I was full until around 11:00 or so.  Then I had a snack during my break.

Green Monster Smoothie


I can see why you wouldn't need to snack so much after this smoothie.  It's packed of fruits and plus the spinach so I will definitely investigate green smoothies a bit more closely.

Very Berry Smoothie

Recipe:
2 cups almond milk
2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
agave nectar

Directions:
Add all ingredients, except agave to blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add agave to taste and blend to mix.

* This recipe makes 2 servings, but my cousin, aunt, mom, and I shared this smoothie.  However, we did not serve ourselves full portions as we drank this more for a breakfast drink rather than just for breakfast.



One thing I've learned about smoothie-making is that organization is key.  Even though the smoothie itself is a quick breakfast, you need to have fruits and/or veggies prepped so that the entire process is quick.  Plus, you have to add a little extra time to rinse out your blender so that you don't have a crazy mess when you return home.  I usually keep frozen and fresh-frozen fruits in the freezer to speed up the process, but I do like this idea I found on Pinterest:

Make-Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs


Earlier, I tried some to make smoothie or breakfast drinks using those health-food individual-sized packets you get from health food stores.  I couldn't even get past the first couple of sips so I opted for real fruit and just to eat my veggies.  Everything good for you doesn't have to taste bad.

When I get a little more organized I'll make some healthy snacks to tide me over before lunch.  Until then, I've had prepackaged trail mix on hand.  But I know I could make my own.  Baby steps, here.  Baby steps.

Until then,

5 comments:

  1. I love a good smoothie! I usually do one with almond milk and some bananas and pineapples. Yours looks awesome!! Have you tried a juicer? I haven't had mine out in a while. But I use an omega and I really didn't think I'd like it. But, it juices veggies that taste great. My kids even drink them!

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  2. those look great!!!! I love peanut butter and banana, but I've yet to try a fruit+veggie smoothie.... mmmmm,...

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  3. @weekendknitter: I don't have a juicer; I'm just trying to make use of the appliances I do have, although a juicer would be really nice. My friend has the HealthMaster blender that Montel Williams advertised. I might have to start making smoothies over there! lol

    @CT: What I've been reading is that the spinach is hard to detect when blended with fruits; other greens like kale are more bitter and have a more pronounced taste. Haven't tried that yet.

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  4. It's toooo funny that you're on a smoothies kick too. With my recent surgery, I've expereinced a significant weight loss and my appetite hasn't come back. Someone at work suggested smoothies and they did the trick. I've been having one for breakfast too. My fav is 1/2c. frozen strawberries, 1/2c. frozen pineapple, 1/2.c vanilla yogurt, 1/2c. skim milk, and 1/2c. orange juice. I've been told to add protein powder too, to help build me back up, but like you I'm taking baby steps! :-)

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  5. @Caroline: Oooh, that sounds so yummy. I'm going to have to try that. I think I'll use my almond milk, since that's what I have but I think I have everything else in the freezer. :-) I'm so glad you're on the upswing of things!

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