As you know, I am majorly mental when it comes to making a quick healthy hearty breakfast. Weekends are fine, as you have time to actually make something. However, most days I do not. Actually every other day I do not. I have received a few emails asking what the heck I do for a quick breakfast as most people (myself included) are not even hungry when they wake up.
Drink a smoothie! It is nutritious and hearty (if you make it fit bitch standards!), and most people are thirsty when they wake up, no? Then, buy the time I get to work, I am ready for breakfast # 2 (microwaved oats or something similar).
I don't have time in the morning to do anything else - well really, I could have time if I could get my ass out of bed earlier, but I have been trying to wake up early since junior high school, and I still can't do so, 6:30 is already pretty friggin early! It’s easy to drink a smoothie while driving or on the bus, even walking to work and slurping is easy! So if you are still skipping breakfast, you need to do the following:
1. Slap yourself for being so bad
2. Smarten the hell up. You know breakfast is important! What kind of fit bitch are you?
So back on topic, quick breakfasts!
You may have seen the nice long page on different oatmeal recipes a while ago, generally I stick to a few of these and always make it in the microwave as dirtying pots and waiting is annoying. Some other of my favourite good hearty cereals that you can make in the microwave and create different combinations with fruit/spices/whatever are Oat Bran (purchase in a box, or sometimes a bag) and Red River brand Cereal (takes a while, so pop it in the microwave while you shower or something). Red River is ridiculously hearty and will fill you up like nothing else!
I have a travel smoothie cup from Starbucks, it was about $15 and I use it every day. Get one, or one like it. It has a tight fitting lid and a durable straw plus, it keeps your smoothie cold and your hands from freezing to the cup.
Magic bullet: why? Many reasons:
1. The blending containers exactly fit my smoothie cup, so there is no more massive smoothie breakfasts.
2. It is ridiculously easy to clean. I just run it under water when I am done.
3. It comes with 2 blades and multiple blending containers for those days when I don't run it underwater when I am done and strawberry seeds are dried all over it.
4. It is small and cheap! I have had mine for 6 years now, I only use it to make smoothies and crush nuts. However, it is time to get a new one as the blades no longer tear through blueberry skins like they once did.
So every night you are going to put all your ingredients into your little smoothie container. Then you are going to put the blade cover thing on it and put it in the fridge, now tomorrow morning, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:
1. Blend for a few seconds
2. Pour it in your smoothie cup
3. Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are fabulous!
So, I could sit here and list off a bunch of different recipes, but let’s be honest, if it is too much work, us fit bitches don't have time to do it.
So I stick to a few basic ingredients and mix up the fruit that I add too it to give it a different flavour. Once you start making these a few nights in a row, you will wonder how you ever lived prior to your smoothie awesomeness.
Basic Smoothie ingredients:
About 3/4 cup of plain low fat yogurt (I estimate this, actually really I just dump it in. I don't have time to measure everything out)
1/2 a banana (submerge the banana in the yogurt, it won’t get too brown that way, then put the other half in the fridge for tomorrows smoothie, a little bit of brown banana won’t kill you but if you can’t stand the thought of brown banana, then give yourself an extra few seconds in the morning to add the banana then)
A scoop of vanilla protein powder and sometimes I throw some psyllium fibre in there.
Then fill the rest up with whatever fruit you want, generally I use frozen strawberries and frozen mango as that is just what I like, but pick whatever fruit combo you like! I love raspberries and kiwis but the seeds get stuck everywhere and then I go to work with black kiwi seeds sticking out of my smile, not too professional.
Since you are doing this the night before, the frozen fruit will melt over night, so you shouldn't need to add any liquid, but if you do, just add some water, don't add extra calories with sugary juice.
The OTHER type of smoothie I frequently make is made with Chocolate protien powder instead of vanilla, I don't care for fruit and chocolate protein powder smoothies (other than banana) so I will usually use the whole banana, more yogurt, a few ice cubes, and pop some natural peanut butter in there, and/or some instant coffee to have a nice mocha smoothie.
Still, so easy, just a few ingredients! Do it now!
Have some of your own easy smoothie recipes? Let’s hear them!