Monday, March 7, 2011

Breakfast Smoothie

No real pictures for the next week :( My husband is on spring break with his team and took our digital camera leaving me without the ability to take any food pictures. Boooo.... But I still wanted to post anyway so here ya go!

I'm trying to break away from my bowl of cereal every morning for breakfast so I decided to try the world of smoothies. I've often shied away from smoothies because honestly I'm lazy. I don't feel like hauling my blender ALL the way from the pantry and cleaning every morning. Really, its not that big of a deal but I've convinced myself that this is inconvenient. Well I put on my big girl pants this morning, sucked it up and made a smoothie.

It was awesome! I felt like I had a nutrient packed breakfast and the clean up wasn't even that awful. I didn't try it but I imagine you could also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to up the protein.

I included flax seeds in my smoothie. Flax seeds have tons of benefits. First they contain omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3's are great for your heart, joints and brain health. You can also get omega 3's in fatty fish like salmon, but since we don't do too much seafood in our house, adding flax seeds is a great way to bump up the omega 3's. Flax seeds also contain lignans. Lignans contain both plant estrogen and antioxidents. With all the running around and exercise that I do, I feel like antioxidants can help decrease the amount of stress on my cells.

Breakfast Smoothie

1 1/2 cups frozen berries (I used 1 cup frozen strawberries and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries)
1/4 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup skim milk
1 Tbsp flax seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving.
245 calories
4.6 g fat
40.4 g carbohydrate
8.6 g fiber
12.1 g protein

26.9% Vitamin A, 125.6% vitamin C, 14% Folate, 12.6% Iron, 35% calcium

What do you put in YOUR favorite smoothie?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info about the test. I can't wait to hear what you think about it all? It sounds/looks really interesting! Keep me posted k??
    My favorite smoothie staples...1/2 banana, strawberry, skim milk, ice, cinnamon, & protein powder. Yours looks delish!