Weekday breakfast is always a challenge for me. I don’t like starting my day by making a huge mess in the kitchen to only wolf down my food before work. Although I work from home I keep a pretty strict eye on my time to make sure I’m giving attention to my “office hours”.
When it comes to a Monday through Friday breakfast it typically defaults to smoothies, which I don’t mind drinking because I can cram so many vitamin rich foods into the blender and everything melds together so nicely and ends up tasting like a sweet treat.
I usually just throw in what I have on hand, but I have been getting better about portioning because I would tend to make smoothie servings for 4 instead of one. Honestly, at that point you are either packing way too many calories into one sitting or wasting the smoothies down the kitchen sink. You CAN eat too much of a good thing.
I’m really bad at portioning. I always tend to make too much, usually it doesn’t matter because my boyfriend eats and drinks all my leftovers, but he leaves for work before I take my first sip so I’m left with the excess or it’s wasted. So I’ve been halving everything and I no longer “eyeball”, I really measure. Not just because I wanted to watch my calories, but I wanted to stop wasting money! Think about it, portion control also helps waste/waist control.
My go to recipe is A Berry Tasty SmoothieWhat you’ll need:
- frozen mixed berries
- half of a banana
- handful of spinach (you can use kale)
- 1/4 C of yogurt (I use organic vanilla)
- 1/4 C of almond milk (you can just use water)
- handful of ice
Just toss ingredients in the blender and blend til smooth. TIP: I like to add the ice first, then the spinach and top it off with everything else. Since the spinach is less dense sometimes it’s hard to combine. If you throw it on last and you may end up with leafy bits.
I noticed when I mix the smoothie it always tends to be thick. I’d rather this than super liquidy, so if for any reason I want to thin it out I also pour in a little water at a time, I’m talking a tablespoon. Water doesn’t mess with the flavor profile and it also doesn’t add calories.
What’s your favourite (Aussie spelling) smoothie recipe? Enjoy!