Don't skip breakfast!

BY LEAH HINKEY

Breakfast is too important to be skipped, this advice is probably engraved into your skull. Most people feel too rushed in the morning after hitting their snooze button a few too many times, but eating a healthy breakfast is absolutely essential to having a productive day. It helps maintain blood sugar levels, revs up your metabolism, and produces adequate energy for athletic performance.

Breakfast smoothies are a good way to get a quick, healthy meal. Smoothies are easy, help you eat those veggies you don’t like, usually the healthiest choice, keeps you satiated, and they are packed with nutrients. Hitting each of these categories is like ingesting a multivitamin, except it keeps you full and energized.

Here are a couple of my favorite smoothies. Give ‘em a try!

 

Actually Yummy Green Smoothie:

INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

  • 2 TBS ground flax seed

  • Juice of one small lemon

  • 1/2 apple OR 1 pear

  • 1/2 orange

  • 3 stalks of celery

  • 4 large kale leaves (ribs removed)

  • 1 large handful of spinach

  • 1 scoop protein powder

  • Few ice cubs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth. 

Notes

Makes 4 3/4 cups or 38 oz.

Can store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

**Why coconut water and milk? It takes away a touch of the rich flavors of the greens (which helps it be more delicious). It also adds a little creaminess and coconut water is packed with hydrating electrolytes.

Chocolate, banana, peanut butter shake

INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 TBS creamy peanut butter

  • 1 ripe banana can be frozen, broken into large chunks

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 scoop protein powder

  • 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 5-10 ice cubes depending on how thick you like it

  • optional: 1 tsp. honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients in blender

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. If too thick, add more milk. If too thin, add some more ice.