Tuesday Tip – Smoothies for Breakfast
Smoothies can be a great way to start your day with fruits, nuts, and fiber. Here’s a few tips on how to add extra nutrients to this tasty, on-the-go breakfast.
Fruit in smoothies is an obvious ingredient, extra fiber can be included by adding a tablespoon of wheat germ or rolled oats. Also try adding 1 tablespoon of ground flax meal to include some omega 3′s. When thinking of a base for your ingredients think beyond cow’s milk. Try plain yogurt or almond milk. Or, for a lighter smoothie use coconut water as a base. Yogurt helps get a cold creamy consistency. For a nutty smoothie add in a tablespoon of natural almond butter or peanut butter, which is great with half a banana thrown in, but super-rich. A scoop of natural whey protein powder (try a look for the fewest added ingredients in the whey powder) helps boost protein levels. Green drink powder can also be added, masking it’s often unappealing taste, but giving you great nutrients. Try to keep sweeteners to a minimum. Many fruits have plenty of sugar in them already, especially bananas and other tropical fruits. If you are going to use a sweetener use raw, local honey which has health benefits (unlike other sugars which are empty calories). Last of all, think about how the ingredients will go together, you want a liquid base, a bit of fruit, and some additional fiber for a well balanced (and blended) smoothie.