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Breakfast Smoothies Done Right

Breakfast is one of the toughest meals to squeeze into our hectic lives. The trend for breakfast seems to be moving towards quick options for on-the-go meals. One of the most popular breakfast options today is the breakfast smoothie. While smoothies are a great way to get all the nutrients you need to get your body going, it’s important to add the right ingredients. To make things easier, we’ve complied a short list of things to consider adding to your next breakfast smoothie, along with a simple recipe to try out.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are fantastic for adding calcium, omega-3 fats and fiber to your smoothie. These little seeds expand in liquid, and though they are small, chia seeds are fantastic for making your smoothie more filling, keeping you from snacking throughout the morning.

Greens: Adding leafy greens like kale or spinach to your smoothie is essential for giving you energy to tackle your day. Adding greens gives you your daily quotient of vitamins and minerals, including healthy polyphenols, essential for overall health.

Fresh Fruit: Try adding an avocado or banana to your smoothie to add sweetness and texture. Both avocados and bananas are great for your health. Opt for fresh fruit in combination with frozen fruit to cut down on added ice.

Liquid: Instead of adding water, try adding either tea or non-dairy beverage to your smoothie. Tea is packed with anti-oxidants, while non-diary beverages like almond milk, provide protein, magnesium and Vitamin E. Either tea or almond milk are great ways to add extra nutrients to your smoothie.

To give you an example of a great smoothie to make tomorrow morning, here’s a great raspberry grapefruit smoothie recipe, which involves making your own almond milk!

Ingredients:

15 almonds (soaked in cold water for a few hours)
1 tbsp. chia seeds (soaked in cold water for at least 20 minutes)
1/2 pink grapefruit (peeled and cut into pieces)
3 dried apricots
1/2 frozen banana
1 handful frozen raspberries
1/2 tbsp. linseed oil

Directions:

Blend almonds, chia seeds, and about half of a glass of water about one minute or until a creamy consistency is reached.

Add apricot and grapefruit and mix again for about half a minute.

Put the frozen fruits (banana and raspberries) and the linseed oil in the blender and mix until you have a creamy drink (takes about 30 seconds)

Enjoy!

Photo Courtesy of Prevention

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