Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip breakfast and grab the coffee mug morning person then this blog post is totally for you.
We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it is so easy to want to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast all together. I have never been a coffee drinker but I know far too well the tendency for my hubby to get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though; I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar, you WILL crash. You will be either too tired to make it through your responsibilities or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee to get through a few more hours.
No worries my loves. Smoothies are another quick alternative to a fast breakfast that can help energize us throughout the entire day. When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, and a healthy liquid like coconut water, some healthy fat and protein – you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Starting the day with a smoothie will get one serving of greens out of the way. It will also give you well needed antioxidants which help protect your bodies from free radicals, plus it is a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help with not crashing.
Sometimes it is not so appealing to think about a cold smoothie in the dead of winter when our temps have been so frigid lately. You can add warming ingredients to your smoothies like fresh ginger, turmeric, etc… OR you can even begin your day with a warm soup!! Some people just cannot do soup in the morning – so here are some tips to create a delicious winter smoothie:
- Add FAT and PROTEIN to each smoothie:
It is crucial for your body to consume enough healthy fats and protein in the cold months to stay warm, boost immunity and curb cravings. Coconut oil and avocado are my favorite fats. Use a high quality plant based protein powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds or nuts for protein. Some of these will be a double combo of fat and protein.
- Think about the ENERGETICS of the food you are eating:
Foods that take longer to grow like collards and winter squash will be more warming for your body than lettuce and summer squash.
- Choose WARMLY COLORED ingredients:
For example – blue, green and purple foods are medicinally more cooling than orange, red and yellow foods. Think of lime as cooling – lemon as warming.
- SPICE it up:
Add warming spices to your smoothies such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and even a dash of cayenne if you can take it! These will heat the body from the inside out, help with digestion, circulation, digestion AND kick in metabolism. Spices in general add a delicious kick without added calories.
Next time you want a quick winter breakfast, ditch the oatmeal and try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism. So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be pulling out my blender and getting ready for some long lasting energy.
Recipe: Wintergreen Smoothie
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