and the smoothie is your pearl.
In honor of this week’s Nutrition Challenge to eat a healthy breakfast, I thought I would share the breakfast I eat almost every single day… a smoothie!
Time: 10 minutes (unless you’re taking selfies with the ingredients and the smoothie)
- One large banana
- Some frozen berries and maybe some fresh ones if you have those too
- A glob of regular or greek yogurt (plain, vanilla, raspberry… whatever!)
- COPIOUS AMOUNT OF PEANUT BUTTER
- A shake of cinnamon and ginger (yes, seriously)
- A drizzle or two of milk
- Optional – a handful of oats
1. Gather those ingredients. Yes, all of them, even the ginger. Don’t doubt me, people.
2. Banana and berries are the first to go in. I usually get carried away and add two servings of berries. Use whatever berries you can find. Make sure to use at least a few frozen ones to keep your smoothie cold and delicious.
3. Next is the glob of yogurt. The glob shouldn’t be too extreme, because we’re adding more dairy with the milk, but you definitely want some in there. Use your favorite flavor and brand! (Or the cheapest, whatever)
4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP. PEANUT BUTTER. Peanut butter is KEY to the smoothie because it makes it oh so CREAMY! I prefer to add like three servings of peanut butter, but I guess you can also scale back the peanut butter and add a little more yogurt to acquire the same creaminess level.
5. Ahhh yes, now the secret ingredients, cinnamon and ginger. Put a few shakes of these guys in there. You don’t taste a ton of ginger, but it is still VERY important.
6. Sprinkle just a little bit of milk over all this madness. The key with the milk is to start small, then you can always add more. There is nothing worse than a milky smoothie so I usually pour milk up to the base of the berry layer and add as needed while blending.
7. The optional 7th step is to add a handful of oats. The oats take away just a tiny bit of the creaminess level, but they do add some good carbs!
8. Sometimes you’ve got to help your smoothie get all integrated in the blender or add more milk to liquidate it. It’s really up to you how thick or thin you want your smoothie. I prefer mine to be thick and creamy, sometimes so thick I have to use a spoon to eat it!
9. Today was the best day of the week because I finished off the peanut butter jar! (Yes, when you make smoothies like this every day, you do go through a whole jar of peanut butter in a week. Or less…) When this happens, I like to put my smoothie in the empty peanut butter jar and eat it with a spoon while scraping the peanut butter off the sides of the jar.
10. And taaa daaaa! Here you have a 10 minute delicious, healthy breakfast!
Why smoothies are literally the best breakfast ever:
1. In my smoothies, I usually have three servings of fruit, some good protein and a few carbs. Look at all those food groups! Just blend them up and drink!
2. While my go to smoothie has the ingredients listed above there are so many options and substitutions! You could add avocado, leafy greens, use only one type of berry, swap for coconut milk, use almond butter… the opportunities are endless! The kitchen is your oyster!
3. Because you can use frozen berries, most of the ingredients don’t go bad! Especially if you make huge smoothies daily, you’ll go through ingredients quickly.
4. Smoothies are quick and easy! Once you have your smoothie routine, just run around the kitchen, grab ingredients, blend, then throw that bad boy in the dish washer!
5. This is actually the best, most delicious way to start your day. And I’m pretty sure you can only have a good morning after drinking one of these.