You all must have heard the old adage, “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper.” It is indeed true that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. If done right, it can do wonders for your body. When they say King, they don’t really mean all the unhealthy fried items, it generally means to have a full stomach breakfast to keep you going.
Having said that, we bet, 90% of the readers do not follow this. That includes us too. I mean what to do when there is a meeting at eight in the morning and your boss has a habit of nagging about being late even if it’s just by 5 minutes. Can’t compromise our getting ready time, can’t control our getting to office time, and so what we end up doing is, skip the whole breakfast time. Because who has the time to make one or even stop by to buy one?
Oversleeping happens with everyone. But having a time-crunched, stressed out morning doesn’t mean you should skimp out on breakfast. Instead, it is more of a reason to have a good hearty meal in the morning to help you with the day ahead. Because remember, an empty stomach calls for an uninvited temper.
It is important to have a good source of protein in the early hours of the day to help you feel full and satisfied. In addition to this, a right amount of carbohydrates is also necessary because that is what our brain works on. The content of fat varies according to one’s own health and dietary preferences. If you want to lose those extra kilos, go for a low-fat breakfast. If you want to gain some curves, incorporate healthy lipid in your meal.
So what to do for a perfectly balanced breakfast in such a small period of time? Or even generally when you do have time? We have the answer you are looking for. Smoothies! It is a great way to get a nutrient-packed meal or snack stat. They provide you with all the essential body requirements – protein, healthy fats, and fruit-based carbohydrates – all in a single cup, ready to go. There is no prep work, no lighting the stove or cleanup. Just wake up, blend in and chug.
They are versatile in the sense that they are not good just for late morning breakfast, but also to replace your lunch snack, to help you recover after a workout, or hold your sweet cravings between meals. They also cater to the needs of every age group. But who decides what is healthy in your smoothie and what is not? Do not fret or sweat. We have these seven healthy on the go smoothies packed with the necessary nutrients that you can slurp them down without worrying about what is good for your body now or in the long run.
The recommended intake of fruits per day is 2 cups. This smoothie fulfills that requirement. If you have someone, who is picky when it comes to veggies, they really don’t need to know about the beets until after they say it is delicious. 😉
Recipe: 1 cup fresh blueberries + 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries + 1/3 cup sliced, cooked beets + 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt + 1/4 cup fresh orange juice + 1 teaspoon light agave nectar.
Full of flavor, this smoothie brings a citrus tang with the blend of spice from fresh ginger. All this is brought together by the sweet creamy texture of banana and peaches. Again, go for fresh peach when available, or substitute with frozen ones over the year.
Recipe: 1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice + 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger + 1 cup of frozen peaches + 1/2 a frozen banana + 1/2 teaspoon chopped mint.
This smoothie is a great start for the day or after an excessive workout. It is loaded with proteins and fibers. It is creamy, fresh and flavored with a pinch of cinnamon. If you like it sweet, add honey to cater your taste buds.
Recipe: 1 tablespoon almond butter + 1/2 cup fresh spinach + 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 a frozen banana + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
If you are a chocolate freak or are having sweet cravings, this is your stop. It is a light yet creamy fibrous dessert with just the perfect fruity flavor. All the richness of chocolate and cherries without the extra sugar.
Recipe: 2 cups frozen dark cherries + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder + 6 oz. unsweetened, original almond milk + 2 cups spinach.
It is high in protein and nutrients as it includes grounded flax seeds and oats. The berries complete the taste with a sweet tinge of honey. It may not appeal your eyes but it will definitely hit the right note with your taste buds.
Recipe: 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats + 12 cup original, unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 cup frozen blackberries + 1/2 cup frozen blueberries + 1/2 cup fresh diced strawberries + 1 teaspoon ground flax seed + 2 teaspoon honey.
Cashew & Peach:
This low-calorie smoothie is creamy, nutty and high in proteins. You can also blend this smoothie into frozen pops for beating the heat at the beach in summers. It will be your kids and family’s new food love.