Take the stress out of breakfast

Many of us know that breakfast is considered to be one of the most important meals of the day. Did you know the word “breakfast” actually comes from the idea to “break the fast”? When we wake our bodies begin to prepare themselves to take on the day, and we need nutrient dense foods to kick start our metabolism and fuel our muscle and brain power. Breakfast is also a beautiful ritual that can often times make or break your day.

I’ve always been a big breakfast eater. Growing up I absolutely LOVED cereal, so much so I could, and often did, eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But as I got older I started to change my eating preferences and habits and began to look for an alternative that was easy, fast and portable – no bowl and spoon required.

My search ended with the smoothie. An amazing invention, smoothies are full of nutrient dense fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and there are so many wonderful things you can add such as flax seed oil and cacao that can rev your metabolism and leave you feeling satiated until even the latest of lunches. I add Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer (click here for my recommendation of Vega)to all my smoothies. A natural, plant-based powder, it’s chock full of everything you need to get your day started and nothing you don’t (read: caffeine).

And it’s quick and portable. Just throw everything in a blender on high and pour into a cup with a straw and lid and you’re out the door with one of the best breakfasts on the planet.

My favorite recipe is of my own creation:

Mel’s Morning Glory Shake
1/2 cup organic apple juice
1/2 cup coconut milk (I like So Delicious Regular Flavor in the Red carton)
1/2 fresh or frozen banana
1 packet frozen Acai berry (you can find this made my Sambazen in the frozen fruit section and be sure to get the pink package which is just plain unsweetened Acai berries)
1 handful baby spinach or kale
2 TBS flax seed oil (cold pressed)
1 scoop/packet Vega
Blend until smooth – add a little more coconut milk if blender having hard time blending
If you’re interested in making your own here’s the basics of how to make a great smoothie or shake:
1. A good blender – if you’re going to be making these every morning it’s worth it to invest in a good one. The VitaMix is the top of the line and will do lots more than smoothies, but a middle of the line Cuisinart is what I have and it works great!
2. Liquid base: 1 to 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk, almond milk, organic apple juice or a mixture. Apple juice adds some sweetness which for some helps with the taste of the Vega, but stick to only a 1/2  a cup.
3. Fresh and frozen fruit or veggies. Fruit is the easiest and fastest thing our bodies digest and therefore it’s the best thing to have in the morning. You can make a single fruit smoothie with something like strawberries or you can whip up a special creation of your own with lots of different fruits. I recommend using bananas or peaches as good base and then adding in berries, mango, etc. You can also add in your favorite fresh, uncooked veggies such as broccoli.
4. Handful of spinach or kale. I always add in a handful of either of these. They blend right in and you can’t even taste them and it’s a great way to make sure you get a whole serving of leafy greens before you’re even out the door and on with your day.
5. One scoop of Vega (Optional, but highly recommended)
6. 2 TBS Flax Seed Oil (Optional, but highly recommended)
7. Ice to thicken if using fresh fruit and veggies instead of frozen
Blend all ingredients at once until smooth and pour into a reusable smoothie cup or a “to-go” cup (straw optional but highly recommended for the commute or while sitting at your desk)
Voila! The most amazing breakfast you’ve ever had and guaranteed to create the breakfast habit for years to come.
Don’t forget to let me know how you like it!
Peace, Love & Happiness – Mel

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