Smooth Meals

photoBreakfast is the most important meal of the day so I’m surprised at how many people skip it. Having a morning snack increases the metabolic rate and kick starts your body into gear. Without it, your body doesn’t process your next meal as quickly and tries to hold onto those nutrients. Since it didn’t get any morning fuel, it tries to hold onto the afternoon meal as long as possible — instead of burning it right away. For a very long time, I’ve had scrambled eggs every morning before work. But this Black Friday, my life changed. I got a Ninja at Target for $29! It’s 10 times better than our regular blender and only takes a matter of seconds to make a smoothie. So my breakfast every day this week has been a smoothie. I love that there are so many options. We have a bunch of different fruit on our counter, in the fridge, and in the freezer. Grab a handful and throw it in. Then you can add yogurt, milk, or juice to help blend. To help your meal last, you can add almonds or cashews, flax seed or chia seed, or spinach or kale. How good is spinach for you? It’s considered a super food as it is a good source of iron, vitamin A, C, K, folate, dietary fiber and calcium. [Spinach also contains selenium, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, copper, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and E!] The best part is when you mix the greens with the fruit, you don’t even taste it. If you don’t care about calories, add a little limeade like they do at Tropical Smoothie. You could also try the peanut butter smoothies or add coffee. Here is a great site with lots of recipes. This usually holds me over for a few hours. Now if you compare this tasty and nutritious breakfast that takes 5 minutes tops with waiting in line at Starbucks for a high calorie meal that costs $10, it’s pretty worth it!    ~Dutch


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