The problem with breakfast boredom (or any other meal, for that matter!) is that sooner or later you start skipping that meal entirely, or perhaps opting for a quick-fix alternative, that is seriously lacking in the nutrition department.
We know that a healthy breakfast is important for a whole host of reasons. But, if you decide to start your day off poorly, it’s much more likely that the rest of your day’s meals will follow suit.
So, if you’re stuck in a breakfast rut, it’s time to get back on track.
Here’s 5 ways to jazz up your breakfast smoothie, and keep your taste buds happy:
1. Add spinach
Adding some spinach leaves to your shake is a good way to boost iron intake, and get a portion of vegetables in before you leave the house.
Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables, being high in nutrients and low in calories, and it’s actually pretty easy to add to a variety of meals.
You might find it hard to believe that spinach actually tastes good in a smoothie, but it really does. Go for baby spinach leaves, and add a big handful… I promise, it’s pretty good!
My favorite smoothie includes baby spinach leaves, a frozen banana, a splash of milk, and some frozen berries.
2. Toss in some oats
Raw oats are something I hadn’t really considered adding to my smoothie until recently. But, they’re a great way to increase the fibre content of your shake, and help you to feel fuller for longer.
If you’re very active in the mornings, oats are a good way to keep your energy levels up.
Add around a quarter of a cup to any of your favorite smoothie recipes.
3. Blend up some avocado
No, avocado isn’t just for tossing into salads, or making into a dip. It really is delicious in a smoothie, making it creamy and rich.
Smoothies are sometimes very carb-rich, so adding something like an avocado will not only make a more nutritionally balanced meal, but the healthy monounsaturated fats are also sustaining.
Try blending together a peeled and pitted avocado, some 100% whole orange juice, and some frozen raspberries.
4. Add a spoonful of nut butter
Another good way to boost the healthy fat content (and nutritional balance) of your shake is to add some peanut or almond nut butter.
Nut butters taste best added to smoothies, which have a banana or a chocolate base.
5. Toss in some coffee
Need an early morning energy boost? Try a mocha smoothie!
Add a dash of vanilla essence, some milk, a frozen banana, a little coffee, and a small amount of cocoa powder — then enjoy!
So, what are your tips for jazzing up your morning breakfast smoothie?