Everyone knows, or has at least heard the saying, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It really is, but acknowledging that fact and actually applying it to your daily routine are two different things. The number one problem for most people, when it comes to eating breakfast in the morning, is “there is no time.” Being crunched for time is totally understandable, but this quick recipe will scoot you out the door in a matter of minutes. Better yet, you will have a fresh, healthy smoothie that will give you energy and nutrients to not only start your day, but keep you fueled going strong.
The whole idea behind smoothies is pretty genius. They are a great way to clean out your fridge and pantry. You can use leftover greens from the crisper, or even overripe fruits. When I am coming up with a smoothie recipe, I usually try to stick a basic formula: fruit, greens, some sort of nut (such as slivered almonds or peanut butter), and also some sort of dairy (like yogurt or milk). One of my secrets to smoothie success is always adding a frozen banana because it does double duty: it serves as as a fruit, and it also eliminates the need for ice. If you use this formula for your smoothies you will see the endless possibilities for a nutritional smoothie that doesn’t sacrifice taste. Also, for the person who is always running behind in the morning, you can always make your smoothie the night before and chill it in the fridge for a quick grab-and-go situation. If you go this route, I suggest buying a blender ball cup so you can shake up the separated ingredients and keep your smoothie, well smooth!
Tropical Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup fresh pineapple (or frozen)
- Juice from one orange (or 2 ounces of orange juice)
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 1 large handful of baby spinach
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Add water or milk to achieve desired consistency.