Friday, September 30

Smoothies!!

I had smoothies for breakfast 100% of the time while I was losing weight (and have them about 50% now , the other 50% split between oatmeal and egg white scrambles.) They are the perfect way to ensure that you're consuming less than 300 calories in the morning...or that you're eating breakfast at all for "non-breakfast" people.

Besides being delicious and low cal you can pack them with all the nutrients your diet is lacking. I put magnesium and flax seed oil in every smoothie I make (great for digestion) and protein if I've worked out that morning. (You can save money by substituting silken tofu for protein powder.) You can even sneak things like spinach and kale into your smoothies. (Tone It Up has a delicious Kale smoothie!)

 Here is one of my favorite recipes, the cinnamon roll smoothie, courtesy of my friend Heidy:

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 frozen banana
1 spoonful almond butter
1tbsp flaxseed
1 tbsp chia seed*
sprinkle of cinnamon
LOTS of ice

*Chia seed can be purchased at Whole Foods. It's pricey ($8.99/bag) but since you only use 1 tbsp at a time it lasts a long time. (It is also used to make "healthy" deserts like chocolate mousse and chocolate chip cookies.)

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