I’m a major advocate of smoothies for breakfast… Not the strawberries-plus-honey-and-banana-and-fruit-juice sugar bomb smoothies, the nutritional powerhouse smoothies.
An empty stomach is a great blank slate to pour a delicious dose of nutrients into first thing in the morning. Not only do you feel like you’re radiating healthy goodness all day, but also your system can easily digest and receive the smoothie ingredients. By blending up the healthy ingredients, you’re taking some of the mechanical work off of your digestive system. By drinking them first thing in the morning, they don’t have to compete with other sandwiches or snacks that might have been in your belly otherwise.
Since everything will be absorbed relatively rapidly in your morning smoothie, it’s important to make sure you’re giving your body something besides sugar. Fruit, sweeteners like honey, fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt varieties,and fruit juices all are big offenders in the sugar department. A little sugar can be a good thing for jump starting your morning, but too much just leads to a mid-morning crash with hunger and irritability.
#1 smoothie mistake: topping off sugary ingredients with more sugar (more mistakes here)
This is why I love, love LOVE my latest BJ’s Wholesale Club find… a giant bag of frozen berries plus kale! Frozen fruits and veggies are a great cost effective way to work nutrients into your diet. They also save you money because you don’t have to throw out spoiled produce that oh-so-often finds itself in my fridge.
Kale is one of the best green veggies you can eat. It’s packed with vitamins to help keep you healthy, and has fiber to keep you feeling full. I always throw some oats and peanut butter in my smoothies to keep me from getting hungry. They bring some more fiber and protein to the breakfast bombshell, both of with help with feeling satisfied.
This bag is the perfect starter pack to any morning smoothie. It’s a fabulous blend of nature’s most nutrient rich gems, just waiting for a few quick finishing touches! Toss a cup of this mix in a blender with whatever fixings sound right and you’re 30 seconds away from one of the best breakfasts you can