Trying to get back into running shape, I’ve been having to change my diet significantly. One way I’m improving my health is watching what I eat for breakfast. The only problem is that I don’t usually have time to make anything that’s substantially healthy, yet filling. However, I now love having fresh fruit & veggie smoothies in the morning because it’s such an easy way to get a good portion of your daily nutrients and antioxidants in without actually having to eat them and feel like you’re sick from all the sugary fruit.
Putting fruits and veggies into smoothie format is also great because you can sneak the things you don’t like to eat, but that you know are good for you, into your diet without upsetting your taste buds. This is great news for me because I’ve always liked banana flavoring, but I don’t like eating actual bananas because of the mushy texture (don’t judge – it’s just one of my quips). But I know that eating them is really good for runners especially, so I throw them into my smoothie. I also add things like spinach and kale because if you put enough fruit in, you can’t even taste them.
My usual morning breakfast recipe is what I call my One Cup Smoothie, because as you may have already guessed, everything is one cup (sans the 3/4 cup of oats). I use fresh fruit in this recipe, but I you can always use frozen as well and achieve the same results. This smoothie is almost too easy to make, so I’m not sure it can really be classified as a “recipe,” but I figured since I loved having it for breakfast most mornings, with it being so easy and so filling, that you might want to try it too.
One Cup Smoothie
Makes 2-3 servings
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
– 1 cup of raspberries
– 5 or 6 large strawberries or 1 cup frozen strawberries
– 1 cup of plain nonfat yogurt or greek yogurt
– 1 banana
– 1 cup of spinach or kale
– 3/4 cup of oats
Instructions: Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend until it’s the consistency that you like.
Enjoy and until next time,