Some people are morning people and love breakfast… like me. Others are not… like my wife. Regardless of preference, no one likes to start the day lagging and fatigued as they run to work, after a workout, or just getting on with their day. This recipe will kickstart anyone’s day for success!
I love mornings. There is just something to starting a new day that lets me forget yesterday’s happenings (good or bad), truly appreciate another day and focus on the new tasks for the next 24 hours. I also love breakfast. To maximize all of this I love starting the day with a nutrient-filled meal that refreshes my body, fuels my mind and keeps me filled for the first leg of the day. My flexible morning smoothie (or bowl) definitely takes care of all of this!
I usually do not eat anything past 8 pm the night before, so when I eat breakfast my body has been in a fast of about 12 hours using the glycogen stored from the previous day. It is important to replace those glycogen stores for optimal functioning of our muscles and body. This is especially true if we exercise prior to eating.
Thanks to the help of our Ninja blender (highly recommend and worth the investment. We use it all the time.) the 5-8 ingredient recipe is done within 5-10 minutes. This is helpful if you are running out the door or do not feel like creating an elaborate meal. I make this fresh every day!
I usually add 1/2 cup – 1 cup of berries
Thank you berries for your Antioxidants, vitamin C and K, Manganese, Copper, and Fiber. Each has different nutrient amounts so it’s great to always switch it up!
Thank you leafy greens for your Vitamin A, Folate (B9) and other B Vitamins, Vitamin K, Iron, and Fiber.
Thank you seeds for your Omega-3 fatty acids and minerals.
Thank you plant milk for your Vitamin D (fortified), A and B Vitamins, Calcium, and water contents. Thank you water for being water!
Thank you spices for your anti-inflammatory and antioxidant functions.
These are optional – as are all the ingredients – but in regards to an “everyday smoothie”. These would include a nut/seed butter (peanut butter, sunflower butter, almond butter) or old fashioned oats! 1-2 tbsp of nut/seed butter and 1/4 – 1/2 cup oats. All depends on what you want the meal to be.
I usually use these after morning workouts where I am in need of more energy replenishment or want to add more fats to the meal.
Experiment with this structure. Find your favourites and you will be happy to have such an easy recipe in your back pocket to start each day!
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