Lately, all I have been wanting for breakfast is a smoothie. I think it has to do with the heat and humidity. Smoothie’s are cool and refreshing and don’t weigh you down. I love how simple or complex they can be! If you are using them as a meal, just make sure to pack them with protein to increase the staying power.
Good ways to add protein into your smoothies:
- nut butter
- protein powder
A smoothie can definitely be made into a meal by adding a few extras other than fruit. Try a tbsp of peanut butter or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for extra iron or hemp seeds for extra protein.
This morning, I was feeling like chocolate, so I mixed away in my Vita-Mix!
- 1 frozen banana (the key to a thicker smoothie!)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (antioxidants!)
- 5 frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 1 tbsp mango jelly
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- dash vanilla
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds (extra protein)
It was a pretty yucky color, but sure did taste good!
I try to stock up on frozen fruit when I am at Trader Joes because they make excellent smoothie additions. The frozen fruit adds depth to the smoothie by making it thicker and colder.
I have been so thirsty lately! Has anyone else been? It must be the weather because I already drink a lot of water, but have been drinking so much more recently. Darn humidity!
I wasn’t really hungry for a mid-morning snack, so I skipped right to an early lunch since that was on my mind – leftover Stuffed Patty Pan Squash!
Packed in two seperate containers to prevent them from tipping over and heated in the microwave at work, they were just as good as last night.
Along with the leftovers, I had a blueberry yogurt and 2 apricots. A pretty well-balanced lunch if you ask me. :)
An afternoon snack included Livin’ Spoonful raw crackers (filled with nuts and herbs and oh so flavorful!) and lemon hummus.
And, a Refresh Glo Bar. I loved this flavor. Chocolate and mint is a favorite combination of mine!
I’m thinking of a quick run tonight before dinner, then I’ve got another quick and yummy recipe to whip up.