If something takes me more than 5 minutes to do in the morning, it just isn't happening.
When I'm looking for a healthy breakfast option, it has to be fast and simple for me to even consider it.
I have personally consumed a smoothie nearly every morning of my life since 2007. My college roommates would confirm this. The sound of the blender going in the morning was not always a welcome sound.
Over the years, my recipe has changed on numerous occasions. At one point, I used different types of juices. Frozen, sweetened yogurts. Soy milk. Spinach (which I still add from time to time) and other veggies.
It has come down to this recipe. My go-to. The one that has stuck with me the most.
It is incredibly simple, low in added sugar and total carbohydrates, high in protein and healthy fats, and (best of all) delicious. It's also a practical way to start my day.
I am not going to share the amount of each ingredient used in this blog post and I have a reason for this. If I give you exact amounts, you won't play. I encourage you to take this smoothie idea and get creative. Play with different combinations and find the combo that you can't live without every day.
I start my day with Jesus, coffee and a protein bar, a workout and this smoothie. In that order.
Ingredients & Info:
1. Frozen Strawberries & Frozen Blueberries
- I purchase these from the frozen section of my grocery store.
- You may even be able to purchase them combined.
- Beware that substituting with frozen raspberries or pomegranate may result in an extra seedy smoothie that may not be very palatable.
- If I were to guesstimate amounts here, I would say I use 0.5-1 cup of each fruit.
2. Whole Fresh Banana
- You could use a frozen banana here, but I have found that using TOO much frozen fruit is hard on my blender (I use a cheap blender).
3. Whole Ripe Avocado
- Ripe Avocado Test: Press down on the top of the avocado by the stem. If it is rock hard, it is not ripe (buy these to be ready at the end of your week). If it feels like you're pressing on your skin (has a little give), it's good and ready and smoothie-perfect! If it's so soft that your finger crushes through the top like you're The Hulk, it's a bit too ripe and probably heavily browned in the inside.
- How to cut it: Cut all the way around it vertically with a butter knife. Twist each side with your hands. Stab the seed with your knife to pluck it out. Make small cuts in the fruit to make it easier to squish out into your blender... Then, well, squish it out into your blender.
4. Plain Greek Yogurt
- I use about 1/2 cup of yogurt here. You can use low fat if you want, but I prefer the whole fat version. Warning: It is NOT easy to find!
- Feel free to mix it up and use flavored yogurts if necessary. In the past, I have "needed" the flavored variety, but my tastes have changed and I'm perfectly happy with plain!
5. Ice Cubes
- 2-4 cubes will do the trick. Adjust as needed, this is a very flexible ingredient :)
- This may seem weird to some. Sure, you can use dairy milk, soy milk, almond milk, 100% juice or whatever it is you want to use, but I prefer to stick with water. I have found that juices make it a bit too tart (and add too much sugar for my taste) and milks make it foamy.
- As far as the amount goes, I typically eye it and make sure my frozen fruits are covered.