Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Breakfast-to-go!

I am never late to work... except for this morning. I was running a little late for my 10:30am shift due to my attempt to try and squeeze in a 4.5 mile run, 1 hour strength training routine, and 2 loads of laundry during my few open hours in the morning. This was especially ambitious since I still had to shower, get ready, make my lunch and have breakfast before I left the house for the day!  Needless to say, I opted for a super-fast, healthy, high protein breakfast smoothie that I could just take to work with me.

A smoothie is an all-around great option for breakfast on the go... they are quick, easy, filling, and nutritious. Today's smoothie is what I like to call a "breakfast smoothie" because I put quick oats (and cinnamon) in it! I like how the oats give the smoothie a little more texture and make the smoothie more hearty, satisfying, and heart healthy. The cinnamon gives the smoothie that warm and comforting oatmeal/breakfast flavor. I use greek yogurt in my smoothies because it's very high in protein and low in carbohydrates and calories... but I know some people don't care for the taste of greek yogurt, so you could use non-fat plain or vanilla yogurt instead. Also, the almond milk could also be swapped out for soy milk or regular non-fat milk. There are obviously millions of ways you could alter this recipe... but this is a good basic recipe and starting point for further "breakfast smoothie" creativity.


Mixed Berry and Oatmeal
Breakfast Smoothie
makes 1 - 16 oz. smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup quick oats, oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 4-6 ice cubes

In a blender, pour all ingredients except the ice cubes. Cover with lid and blend on high until ingredients start to combine, about a minute. Stop blender and scrape the sides, add 4-6 ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator.

Calories: 335 Fat: 3.75g Carbs: 56.5g Dietary Fiber: 13g Protein: 18g

Sorry for the lack of great pictures to compliment the recipe... like I said, I was in a hurry!

Xo,
Janel

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