Smoothies are one of my all-time favorite breakfasts. They’re easy to prepare, portable and filling – can’t ask for more when it comes to a morning meal in my opinion! I make mine using my Magic Bullet, it’s easy to judge the right amount since you build it in a single serving cup, and cleanup is a breeze.
The key to a healthy smoothie is keeping it free of added sugar while packing in a lot of nutrients and protein. It’s easy to turn a smoothie into a total calorie bomb by adding sugary yogurts or protein powders, so I like to stick to the plainest options possible.
It all starts with a banana. The riper, the better (great way to use up the ones no one will eat!). Ripe bananas have a higher sugar content, and will naturally sweeten the smoothie. You can use fresh or frozen, doesn’t matter. I recommend cutting them into bite size pieces and bagging them individually for easy portioning and blending.
Next, I add on whatever other fruit I have on hand, fresh or frozen. Right now berries are in season, so I’ve been doing strawberries and blueberries.
Now it’s time for the really healthy stuff! This is really where the nutrient powerhouse gets added. A handful of kale, a tablespoon of ground flax and a big scoop of plain fat-free Greek yogurt adds lots of vitamins, fiber and protein.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Kale, in a smoothie? Ew! I was hesitant to try it too, but I’m so glad I did. I promise, you can’t taste the kale at all, and you can go ahead and get one of your veggie servings out of the way first thing.
Lastly, I top off the whole thing with unsweetened almond milk, just enough to fill the cup (I would guess approx 1/2 to 3/4 cup). Blend it all up, and it’s breakfast!
The Magic Bullet is designed so that you can drink right from the cup that you blend it in, but I like to transfer mine to a Blender bottle. Marlow over at Gluten Hates Me clued me in to how amazing they are, and I have never looked back! They come with a little wire ball that keeps it from separating, and I really like the top for drinking.
Today’s start to my mindful eating spoonful is going pretty well – for the first time probably ever, I ate my lunch without flipping through Twitter, opening a book or turning on the TV! It was very quiet, and I felt a little unproductive, but by the time I got halfway through my meal I was really starting to enjoy the experience. As a constant multitasker, this one is going to be hard for me!