Raspberry banana smoothie – Breakfast is one of those meals I love, but I often put off. I am an early riser by nature, and will often get up, drink a glass of water, make a cup of tea, and go about my morning activities, without anything to fuel me along the way. I know this is bad for my body, causing it to run on empty, but old habits die hard. What can I say?! Before I know it, it’s 11:30 am, I’ve been up for 5 or 6 hours, and all I’ve had is some earl grey tea with almond milk to sustain me the whole time. No wonder I’m grumpy! They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. You are literally breakingafast, i.e., you were asleep (hopefully) the last 6-8 hours with no calorie consumption. Your body needs fuel to help you kick off your day in the best way. See also : Green Breakfast Smoothie
Trying to get better about this, but knowing I’m not the type of person to whip up bacon and eggs or even some granola and yogurt first thing in the morning, I looked at what I was already doing to try to meet my habit somewhere in the middle. I am almost always sipping on something in the early part of the day, whether it be water, juice, coffee, tea, etc. If only there was a way to get more fuel into my body via a liquid route! “Smoothies!” I aha’ed to myself. A great way to get lots of goodness in without having to pick up a spoon or fork. I can sip on a smoothie, no problem!
So I have been experimenting with different ingredients, combinations, and today I wanted to post one I found especially delicious. And it’s got plenty of fiber too, which will fill you up and help your digestive system along the way! Don’t be fooled by the spinach leaves. You can’t even taste them, and you get a full serving of leafy green veg first thing! How awesome is that?! This recipe makes 2 smoothies, so you can share with the one you love, or just cover and save for an afternoon snack in the fridge.
1 cup raspberries (I used fresh because I LOVE fresh berries
in the summer months, but frozen will work as well)
2 bananas, sliced
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk, regular milk, or whatever milk you like to drink!
2 tbsp honey
Make sure to always wash your fresh produce first! I like to soak my berries in white vinegar and water for a few minutes, rinse and drain, before putting them in the fridge when I buy them. It helps them stay mold free and to keep longer. Once your fruits and veggies have been bathed and sliced as necessary, put all of your ingredients into a blender and smoothie it up! Mmmm mm!
Let me know what you guys think! Do any of you ever forget to or put off eating breakfast like me?? Have you ever wondered if there was a connection to that mid-morning crash you feel? You know, when you go for that next cup of coffee or doughnut to keep you going until lunch? Talk about a sugar crash! You’ll feel a lot better and think a lot clearer with some goodness in your tummy before you are off to class or that important meeting. Try it! See also : Best Banana Pancakes recipe