By now you've heard it over and over and OVER again, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Most of us even know why: People who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than those who don't - it gets your metabolism moving and helps to keep afternoon cravings at bay. Alas, there are many of us that just aren't breakfast people. In fact, the thought of eating breakfast prior to our 6:00am workout is downright nauseating. Thankfully, Burn 60 Fitness Director Charlotte Mooney has a solution: BLENDING.
"Blending is a great, nutrient-rich way to kick start your morning!" says Charlotte. "It's also an easy option for those that don't have the time to put together a sit down meal in the early morning hours (ahem, most of us)."
Because you can blend multiple servings of fruits and veggies into a single smoothie, blending is an excellent way to make sure you are consuming the recommended TWO servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
"Organic fruits are best for breakfast, but vegetables can be blended mid-afternoon or evening for a healthy and highly effective energy boost."
That being said, rest assured, there is NO WRONG WAY to do it! Any and all combinations of fruits and veggies can make for a deliciously satisfying meal. Simply toss a few of your favorite selections in a blender with a little ice and water and blend away!
Feel free to experiment too! Maybe substitute the water with a bit of almond milk or add a tablespoon of peanut butter to up the protein and keep you feeling full even longer! Seriously, ANYTHING GOES!
Here's a delicious seasonal recipe to get those creative juices going:
PUMPKIN SPICE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
Recipe courtesy of Alaska from Scratch
What You'll Need:
1/2c pumpkin puree
2T pure maple syrup
1 frozen banana
1/2c old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 graham cracker, crumbled
1-1/2t pumpkin pie spice
1-1/4c milk of your choice
How to Make It Happen:
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and whirl on high until smooth and well-combined. Add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with a little more pumpkin pie spice on top.