If you start your day with caffeine and a sugary breakfast such as donut, pastry, or muffin, you are likely noticing an energy crash mid-morning.
Eating healthy can be challenging with a busy schedule. Getting your day off to a good start with proper nutrition can improve your energy, boost your immune system and eliminate cravings for unhealthy foods during the day.
I have found that starting my day with a nutritious smoothie can pack a lot of nutrition in one easy drink. It is easy to prepare, you can take it with you on the road if necessary.
Here are the basic ingredients that I use:
- Greens – high in micronutrients, I would use about 2 cups of your choice of mixed greens. It is easy to buy pre-washed organic greens at many grocery stores these days.
- Berries – high in anti-oxidants and very yummy. Use about ½-2/3 cup of your favorite mix
- Fats – this is SUPER important, do NOT skip the fats. Fats have gotten a bad rap, but healthy fats are essential nutrients for your body. Nothing will give you more brain power than a dose of essential fatty acids. I like to add in a mix, such as ½ avocado, 1 tblsp olive oil, 1 tblsp coconut or mct oil
- Herbs to taste – high in minerals and vitamins, and add more flavor. I add in parsley, cilantro, mint, or celery
- Liquid – If you are not sensitive to dairy, you can use yogurt or keifer. I prefer herbal tea, or if nothing else, just plain water will work.
Optional ingredients: stevia, banana or apple to add more sweetness; nuts such as walnuts, cashews, pecans or almonds; seeds such as chia, hemp, or flax.
Have fun and mix it up a bit. Most importantly, see how you feel. Don’t believe me, try a smoothie breakfast for 1 month and see what you notice. I suggest avoiding sugar along with your smoothie. Keep a journal of how you feel in the morning, mid-morning, and at lunch time when you start the smoothie routine.