We’ve all heard the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Why? Because it’s the first meal after the night’s long fast and it either sets you up for the day, or not. What you eat for breakfast pretty much makes or breaks your day. Your body is like a car. Fill it up with the right fuel, and it will run efficiently all day long. Feed it rubbish and it’s bound to break down.
A breakfast low in calories but high in protein and fiber is just the ticket. This is where smoothies come to the rescue. Our breakfast smoothies are designed to be filling, with a balance of fresh fruit, protein and fiber, with a minimum of added sugar.
I have used rolled oats in most of these recipes. It is far less processed than quick oats such as porridge and quicker and easier to use than the unrefined steel-cut oats, which are chewy and require soaking and cooking.
What’s more they are quick and easy to prepare, ready to set you up for an action-packed day.
What should breakfast smoothies contain?
Because this is your first meal of the day it needs to be filling enough to last you through till your next meal, which may be mid-morning, or it could be lunchtime. So it had better be substantial. We're talking carbs and protein, both excellent fuel for the body.
If time is precious in the mornings, prep your ingredients the night before. Fruit and vegetables can be chopped, then popped into Ziploc bags and stored in the freezer until ready for use.
An even better idea is to prepare individual smoothie freezer bags. Evenly divide all your smoothie ingredients for the coming week, place in Ziploc bags then into the freezer. Your smoothie ingredients will be ready chopped and frozen and can go straight into the blender.
If you have the time, soaking your oats overnight enhances their nutritional profile.
Otherwise don’t worry, your smoothie will taste just as great. Just put the oats in the blender first by themselves without any liquid, then pulse for twenty to thirty seconds. This pulverises them and helps them blend much easier. It also makes for a creamier smoothie. Now just add your other ingredients.
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