If you joined this community through the 21 Day Self-Care Challenge, you know that I believe in the nutritional power of green smoothies and how easy they are to make! In one meal you can get a full days worth of fruit and vegetables. The best time of the day to get your green smoothie in is at breakfast. That way, you get it in before you get too busy with all the other things on your to-do list.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. We all crave energy; I know I do!
Sometimes it is so easy to want to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though, I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar, you will crash and will be either too tired to make it through your responsibilities or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee to get through a few more hours.
Smoothies are a quick alternative to that fast breakfast that can help energize us throughout the entire day. When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, and a healthy liquid, like coconut water, you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day! Starting the day with a smoothie also gives you well needed antioxidants which help protect our bodies from free radicals and it is a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help with not crashing.
Next time you want a quick breakfast, try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism.
So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be pulling out my blender and getting ready for some long lasting energy!
Here’s a yummy smoothie recipe to get you started!
[Makes 2 to 3 servings]
1 cup coconut water or
unsweetened almond, hemp, rice,
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
1 handful kale
1 splash vanilla extract
1 pinch cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw, organic honey
or stevia to taste (optional)
1 handful ice (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend and enjoy!