Starting your day with a breakfast smoothie is a smooth move. Did you know smoothies are a great, simple way to get in the extra nutrition you need?
A homemade smoothie for your morning meal is an excellent, on-the-go breakfast choice. You can make it in minutes before you leave the house and sip it on your way to work, school or your home office. Drinking a smoothie in the morning keeps you from indulging in empty carbohydrates in the form of donuts and removes the temptation of the drive through. In fact, a nutritious smoothie packs more usable nutrition than most multivitamins.
At night while you sleep your body is fasting and using stored nutrients and fluids. One of the first things you need to do in the morning is re-hydrate yourself. A smoothie for breakfast helps you get hydrated at the start of the day, something soda and coffee won’t do. Since your body pulls water from many foods in order to stay hydrated, you won’t have to drink water when you’re sipping on a smoothie (especially a homemade one without sugar). Milk, almond milk, soy milk, and yogurt are largely water, so if your smoothie is dairy-based, you’ll quench your thirst. Also by adding a few ice cubes to the blender you’re giving yourself extra water.
When you have a good blender and easily accessible, quality ingredients, making a delicious, healthy smoothie is a snap. Start with 8 to 16 oz. of milk, almond milk or yogurt. Next comes the fun part. Choose several ingredients, such as a banana, cup of berries, shredded coconut, frozen fruit, vanilla extract or other fruit and flavor combination. Fresh pineapple with shredded coconut is quite tropical; strawberries and vanilla Greek yogurt make a great summer treat. Blend ingredients together until liquid; pour into a cup, thermos or travel mug.
- If you have trouble taking cod liver oil by itself, add a teaspoon to your smoothie–you’ll never notice the difference and you’ll add a great dose of essential fatty acids as well as vitamins to your nutritious morning meal.
- For healthy fat add 1 tbsp. of extra virgin coconut oil
Lately my smoothie of choice is banana, mango, & cinnamon—bananas make this smoothie great for energy and mangos taste so good people forget they are also healthy! But for me after learning that just one cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes, I knew this concoction was a win-win! Plus the cinnamon helps fight inflammation. Eye love it! Here’s the recipe for you to try:
Eye Love Mangoes Smoothie Recipe
2 cups cut-up mangoes
2 medium bananas cut up
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup ice cube
1 dash ground cinnamon
1: In a blender container combine mango, strawberries and/or papaya, bananas, orange juice, ice cubes, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2: Cover and blend until smooth and enjoy.
Here’s a picture of my fiance enjoying his morning smoothie ❤