Throughout the past two months, I’ve discovered a deep love for smoothies (I’ve become that obsessive type of teen). They’re jam-packed with nutrients and are an extremely quick and easy way to tick off a good portion of your daily fruit/veg servings. I find they also satisfy my sweet tooth; in a refreshing and guilt-free way!
I like to start my school day off with a smoothie, since they take me roughly 5mins to make and skull (blending in the Nutribullet literally takes 10 seconds). If I told someone I had only a smoothie for breakfast, however, they’d probably think I’m a typical overly health-conscious teen who runs away from carbs and skips meals.
Eating healthy is all about replacing that McDonalds lunch with food that actually gives you nutrients and stopping that excessive snacking, especially on foods with lots of refined sugars and chemicals- these do nothing for your body! As a result of this you have more energy (since your body is receiving the nutrients it requires for optimum functioning) and you feel a lot happier 😀
Back to the smoothie, here’s my Berry Breakfast Smoothie recipe that’s gonna leave you feeling energised and not feeling hungry.
- 1-2 cups [Frozen] berries of your choice (you can use fresh if you like)
- 1/2 [frozen] banana
- 1/4 cup oats (or more or less. This will give you fibre and make you feel fuller)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or plain, the vanilla taste isn’t necessary. This will give some energy (via protein) + make you feel fuller, if you use the meal replacement kind)
- Soy/almond milk
Fill up your blender with the fruits. I never use specific measurements, instead I add a handful of frozen cranberries (these little guys add a lot of colour and taste goood), six or seven large frozen strawberries, one or two frozen blackberries/raspberries, as well as whatever other frozen fruits I have in the freezer (e.g. apple slices, plum halves, blueberries). These fruits do not have to be frozen! In fact, you might find it’s cheaper to use fresh fruits (depending on what country/season you’re living in). Freezing your fruits will make your smoothie thicker, so I would suggest using fresh fruits + frozen banana so you have a smoothie-like consistency instead of a juice. I like my smoothie super thick, so I use mostly frozen fruits, depending on what’s in the fridge.
Moving on. Dump in your protein powder and your oats. Feel free to use more oats for a more wholesome drink! If you’re using mostly frozen fruits, the oats won’t really affect the texture of your smoothie since it’s already thick, but make sure it’s well blended 🙂
Fill up the blender with the milk of your choice. I add enough to reach the “max” line on my Nutribullet, which usually lies a cm or two above the fruit + powder/oat combo. Of course, if you add a lot of milk in comparison to the fruits, your smoothie will turn out more runny. Try to avoid using too much milk when using mostly fresh fruit as the result will be runny and more like a juice.
Blend away and enjoy!
I know that was a lot of text, but the recipe really is simple- just dump everything in and blend it.
Once you’ve made a few smoothies, you’ll get the hang of how much/little you like to add of everything.
Happy healthy eating (/drinking)! [+ more recipes are to come]