Tired of bread, butter, eggs, milk, and cereals? Try a smoothie to keep you charged through lunch. The fruits and vegetables in smoothies provide your body with the protein and fiber you need to function your best, and they can support weight loss. They are a perfect solution for satisfying that grumbling stomach. Smoothies provide much-needed minerals, vitamins, and nutrients without jamming your digestive system and adding excess weight.
Make Time For Breakfast
For those of you who are anything like me, you may find it difficult to eat breakfast in the morning. More often than not, breakfast is one of the most commonly skipped meals. The unfortunate reality is that we all need to eat breakfast. There is a reason the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” exists. Like it or not, your breakfast sets the pace for the rest of your day. Most people who skip this meal often end up with dips in their energy levels along with over-eating to an extreme.
You Are What You Eat
When it comes to breakfast we all need to refuel. During sleep, our bodies never stop working. This means that any reserves we had from the day before get burned off and broken down throughout the night. That means we start the day out more often than not in the red. When you choose to skip breakfast your body still needs the same building blocks. In order for your body to continue to function the way it needs to, it fills this order for essential building blocks by breaking down different parts of your body. For the record, fat is one of the last body items to be broken down for energy. Most of the time our muscle, connective tissue, and bones are the first to take a hit. This creates more problems than solutions. A great way to ease your way back into breakfast, on the days you are short on time or not quite hungry yet, is with smoothies.
Get creative with your smoothies
Just about anything works! Here are a few recipes worth a try:
Milky Blueberry and Banana
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ banana
- ½ avocado
- 3-4 ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients in a juicer and have it in the morning.
Bonus points: Blueberries provide fiber and potassium for all-day energy, and bananas support good digestion. This smoothie is rich in calcium, phosphorus, antioxidants, and potassium. It removes body toxins, helps maintain normal blood pressure, and supports good bone health.
- 1 cup plain almond milk yogurt
- 1 cup Frozen strawberries
- ½ banana
Blend the almond milk yogurt, banana, and strawberries for 20 seconds. Scrap down the sides of the blender and blend for an extra 15 seconds.
Bonus points: Strawberries support the proper functioning of the nervous system and boost your immune system. In addition to antioxidants, strawberries boast a ton of vitamins and minerals that support overall health.
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup frozen peaches
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 3 ice cubes
Bonus points: Their high fiber content makes peaches a great fruit for promoting weight loss because they keep you feeling fuller longer. Peaches are good sources of dietary fiber and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, and copper. These minerals are important for various body processes such as respiration and blood health.
Steep one ounce of nettles in water overnight. Blend with honey, a small amount of almond milk or coconut milk, and a cup of water, and enjoy.
Bonus Points: This herb has myriad benefits related to hormonal imbalance.
Smoothies are fast, easy, and filling. They make a great breakfast on the go, are packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and will keep you charged well throughout the morning.
For those mornings when it feels like you have no time to eat. I suggest to my clients that they prepare smoothies in silicon reusable containers that they can store in the freezer. Smoothies themselves take little to no time to make. In fact, the part that takes the longest is the prep work. So, when you take that out of the equation you end up with breakfast in under a minute, take that pop tarts. Another complaint I hear often from clients regarding hunger and cravings throughout the day is due to dehydration. Most of us are not getting enough water throughout the day. One of the most common complaints I get from clients who are not drinking enough is that water is boring.
How to Make Water Fun
Because I have had so many clients who struggle to get enough water in their daily routines I have created a number of vitamin water recipes. Do you have any idea how much money we spend on flavored water? Turns out it is a billion-dollar industry! More often than not, however, these beverages are loaded with sugars and they can get expensive. That is why I teach my clients to make their own right at home for a fraction of the cost. Get ready to increase your water intake with ease!
Strawberry Lime Mint Water
Makes 2 Quarts
- 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries
- 2 Limes Sliced
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
- 2 Bottles Coconut Lime Bia Water
- Filtered Water
Combine everything and enjoy. For a little more strawberry punch you can heat up 4-6 frozen whole strawberries and add in once cooled.
Need A Hand?
A happy and healthy life is closer than you may think. Our health is something that we all have to deal with daily, and when we don’t feel our best, it shows. If you are tired of just making it through your day then you NEED to start investing in your health today! You are not alone on this journey. If you ever need any help I am always here to do just that. Even if it is something as small as just acting as a sounding board. Do you have any questions or concerns I can help you with? Feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] or you can even book a one-on-one call with me. Be sure to subscribe to gain access to tons of free goodies and check back daily for more great recipes and information!