Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Food for Thought: Bottoms Up For Breakfast

by Leanne Ely, C.N.C

Dear Friends,

Taking care of ourselves is how we manage our health; there's no other way around it. It may be a simple concept, but it's overlooked every single day in favor of taking care of everyone and everything else. Just like breakfast. We skip breakfast thinking we don't need it. We aren't hungry-we just want our coffee and all will be right in our worlds. Or so we think.

The problem is that nothing will be right in our worlds if we perpetually do this. Not eating breakfast means we haven't started our engines so to speak and consequently, we're putting our metabolisms on hold. That means the body clutter we sit on won't budge. How 'bout that? Does that work for you?? It definitely doesn't for me!

Here's a quick fix: EAT BREAKFAST!

But if you don't want to eat it, how about DRINKING it?

Here's a smoothie recipe that I make everyday for everyone in my household. Oh and here's something I REALLY love about this smoothie (besides the fact that it tastes AWESOME)-it helps make vitamins go down without gagging because it's nice and thick! That's a biggie for me, so check this wonderful easy recipe out!

Ladies and Gentlemen...start your BLENDERS!

Leanne's Updated, Body Clutter Shredding, Easy, Non-Measured Smoothie "Recipe"

Makes 1 yummy smoothie

A handful of frozen (organic if you can) berries, your choice (about 1/3 cup) 
1-2 scoops protein powder*
1 cup So Delicious coconut milk**
1/4 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed or chia seeds (chia doesn't need grinding)

*You can get a variety of different protein powders; keep the sugar low, no artificial junk and make sure you're getting at least 20 grams of protein. We have awesome protein powders on our site!

**You can use unsweetened almond milk, but the nutrients in coconut milk are amazing and you'd be missing out!

Put everything in a blender (I have a VitaMix that is amazing) and LET HER RIP!

For the berries option, you could use peaches or another fruit, but I like the low glycemic-ness of the berries, plus the fiber. Smoothies are pretty forgiving--the only necessary component is frozen fruit to make it shake-like. 

That's it. Pretty simple, isn't it? That's how easy breakfast can be in the morning. This smoothie takes me all of two minutes to make.

Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva since 2001

Copyright (C) 2012 www.savingdinner.com Leanne Ely, CNC All rights reserved.


Yellow Tennessee said...

I need to try and drink more smoothies for breakfast. I am never hungry in the morning so I end up skipping it all together and I know that isn't the best idea. #MBCircleOfFriends

Lean Lena said...

Hi there!
Thank you for sharing your post with Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party over at LeanLena.com and AHungryRunner.com.
Friendly reminder to add our badge or a link back as this is one of the linkup rules.
Thanks so much and hope to see you at the party again next Tuesday!

Liz Gilbert said...

Thanks so much Lena!! Badge is on the right sidebar toward the bottom :-)

Yellow - I, too am a breakfast skipper (instead I drink several cups of chocolate-y coffee which isn't so great). My blender died when it fell off the counter in our big earthquake six months ago, I really should get a new one so I can do the smoothie thing too. Smoothies are so convenient and you can sneak in lots of healthy (but not necessarily so great tasting) ingredients :-)