Smoothies — quite possibly the best breakfast food ever. And they just got better after a recent discovery.
I've been a loyal smoothie consumer for as long as I can remember. Like clockwork, I make one for breakfast every weekday morning (on the weekends, I tend to branch out a bit more, since I actually have time to cook).
They travel well, and you can toss all kinds of things into them based on your nutritional goals, which brings me to this revelation.
Over the years, the base of my smoothie has always been the same — one banana and about a 1/4 of low-fat, plain yogurt. Sometimes I've added peanut butter for protein, honey for sweetness, 1/2 a cup of ice to make it cooler or occasionally half of a sweet potato or berries to help take care of daily fruit/veggie intake, but the banana and yogurt have always been a part of the mix.
I used to add about a 1/2 cup of 1 percent milk to make the smoothie more liquid than solid, but I recently changed that to about 3/4 cup of low-fat, plain Kefir (a yogurt-like drink that has good-for-you probiotics in it).
Recently, my friend Kristen told me that she'd tried a fruit smoothie that had a handful of spinach blended in. Kristen assured me that you could not taste the spinach. I thought to myself, "Sure, kind of like you can't taste a difference between Diet Coke and regular Coke. Right."
But I decided to give it a shot, and I have to eat my words. I was shocked — I couldn't taste the spinach at all!! I actually like spinach, but sometimes there isn't enough time in the day to eat enough fruits and veggies. So how great is it to be able to just slip a serving of a veggie into my daily smoothie? I know it sounds odd, but give it a shot. You won't be disappointed by this FWAB "fit." To get you started, here's the recipe that I've been using:
FWABulous Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 Banana
- 3-4 Strawberries (Remove the stem side of the berries)
- 1 Large Handful of Chopped Spinach (I just used bagged spinach)
- 3/4 Cup Plain Low-Fat Kefir
- 1/4 Cup Plain Low-Fat Yogurt
Toss ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serves one. (If you're looking for a sweeter smoothie, add a tablespoon of honey.)
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