I used to hate eating breakfast. This was mainly due to the fact that I used to sleep in until the last minute before I had to goto work. Over the last few years I have been waking up at 6am in the winter and earlier in the summer.
Since I usually get up and workout first thing my stomach is grumbling about 7:30am or so. I can eat just about anything in the morning, but I like to have a smoothie, the most. A smoothie allows me to get a lot of things I should be eating everyday into one meal.
As I am getting older I need to pay attention to what I am eating. This keeps me feeling good and makes my doctor happy with my blood work. Important things I like are oats, flax seed, ginger, greens, and more.
One problem I have had over the years with various smoothie concoctions is that they end up looking brown and not appetizing. To counter this I started putting raw beets in and the color looks delicious regardless of what else I put in the smoothie. Then I found out that beets are super great for you so double bonus!
Here is my current morning smoothie recipe:
- 1 cup oats – uncooked
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons cacao
- 5 dates
- 1 tablespoon piece of raw ginger
- 1 banana
- 1 carrot
- 1 medium beet
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach
- 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 3 to 4 cups of water
Put everything in to a blender and blend until smooth. I used to have a not-a-vitamix blender and it died. Then I got a vitamix about 10 years ago and it is still going strong.
Yes, this creates a lot of smoothie and yes I drink all of it myself. I read once that you should have your smoothie with a straw to avoid wearing out the enamel on your teeth due to the acid in the smoothie. This thing is the result of years of trying different combinations that I like. You may want to end up with something else, and thats great. Enjoy.