One of the most nutritious and convenient breakfasts is a delicious organic fruit smoothie. The Department of Health recommends that we get at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, which research proves reduces the risk of heart disease and some cancers. With a smoothie you can almost get your full day’s requirement in one serving!
Put 16 ounces of a liquid in your blender. I prefer a combination of almond milk and yogurt for the calcium and probiotics. You can also use cow’s milk, soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, 100% fruit juice or water for the liquid. Experiment with different kinds to see which you like.
To the liquid, add 2 -3 scoops of protein powder like whey, and then whatever fruits you like. I always add a banana for the consistency and the nutritional value. In addition to the potassium, its natural sugars give an instant, sustained and substantial energy boost. Avocado is a delicious and healthy thickener as well. I then add about a cup or more of blueberries or strawberries and pineapple bits. Blueberries are powerful anti-oxidants, but make sure you use organic since all berries are heavily sprayed with pesticides. Pineapple is high in Vitamin C, A and manganese and good for arthritis, bones and joints, and indigestion. Finally, add flax seed powder or oil. Flax seed contains Omega 3, an essential fatty acid necessary for our brains and skin and an all around must for good health. Blend it for a minute or two and enjoy your delicious, nutritious and easy meal setting you on your way to optimum health for the day. With its abundance of fresh fruit, summer is a good time to get into the smoothie habit. (The rest of the year use frozen fruit). Be creative – you’ll feel great!