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Breakfast in a Blender

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Angie Bunnell

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By Angie Bunnell (Kin's Greenfighter for Surrey)

blog: mybodymadebetter.wordpress.com

twitter: ella_b76

 

If I don't eat breakfast, then I'm not exactly the happiest person by mid-day (just ask my family!) So I had to find something that I really enjoy, I'm not really a fan of a "sit-down-meal" in the morning. I like something I can make and eat (drink) on-the-go. I LOVE my smoothies .. about 90% of my breakfasts are smoothies. This doesn't mean that it's the same smoothie every day though. Variety is key! And you can even hide veggies in a smoothie if your kids (or you) aren't a big fan. I bet if you put a carrot and a handful of grape tomatoes and some spinach in with berries etc, you probably won't even notice. A little hint when it comes to veggies, if you put in a small amount of raw beet, the smoothie goes nice and pink (hides the green/brown look!)

I find that making sure there is protein in my smoothie means that I'm not ravenous by 10am as well. So what do I put in my smoothie? A lot of that is dictated by what I happen to have in my fridge/freezer/pantry that week. Now of course, smoothies can also become high in calories so I find that keeping a log in my myfitnesspal account can help me keep track. Once you get the hang of making smoothies it can be quite fun to play around with the ingredients! I've compiled a list of a few of the smoothies I enjoy (I've attempted to put in the amounts that I use)

got questions? comments? ideas? I'd love to hear from you!

visit my blog for some more smoothie ideas!

 

 

***** Pumpkin Pie smoothie

1-2 cups coconut milk (you could use any milk, I just prefer coconut)

1 tbsp hemp hearts

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses

1 frozen ripe banana

2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

spinach

maple syrup if this isn't sweet enough for you

sometimes I add a bit of avocado

 

*****  P-nutt Butter yumm

1-2 cups coconut milk

frozen ripe banana (doesn't have to be frozen)

1 tbsp hemp hearts

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

ice, if desired

 

***** Berrylicious

1/2 cup-1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

handful raw spinach

5 grape tomatos

1/2 carrot

1 small banana

½-1 cup frozen blueberries or any berries

1 tbsp. chia seeds or hemp hearts (you can also use flax seeds)

¼ - ½ an avocado

 

 

*****  Tropical Smoothie

Approx. 2 cups frozen mango

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup cottage cheese

tbsp shredded coconut

1 carrot

1 tbsp chia seeds

 

 

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