Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did a study of over 12,000 people and found that those individuals that reported eating breakfast had an overall decreased energy density for the day, a lower BMI, and a higher diet quality. A recent survey concluded that about 10% of Americans skip breakfast. Here is a quick, easy, and highly nutritious breakfast that you can make in under 5 minutes:
Ingredients: Power Packed Smoothie
- Protein Powder
Protein is the primary building material throughout the body, especially muscle tissue. I recommend a basic whey protein or a plant based protein. Look for a clean protein that doesn’t have a lot of fillers and added sugar.
- Green Veggies
Incorporating green vegetables will provide you with a healthy dose of fiber and vitamins to help with digestive health. I recommend using either Spinach or Kale. You can even get a spinach and kale 50/50 blend.
- Ceylon (cinnamon)
Most cinnamon sold in the USA is cassia cinnamon, which is Chinese Cinnamon. Ceylon comes Sri Lanka and is a bit more expensive but totally worth it. Ceylon cinnamon stabilizes your blood sugar levels, helps with controlling body weight, and has antioxidants called proanthocyanadins.
- Raw Organic Vanilla Powder
This not only adds flavor to your smoothie, but is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory.
- MCT Oil
MCT Oil is basically broken down coconut oil that is liquid at room temperature. MCT Oil helps you maintain a healthy weight, reduce stored body fat, have more energy, think more clearly, better digestion, balance hormones, improve mood, increase immune function, and absorb fat-soluble nutrients. MCT oil has gotten the nickname of secret superhero fuel for all of those benefits.
- Fruit or Avocados
I like to add a fruit to the smoothie for flavor and nutrients. You can add a banana, blueberries, strawberries, or an avocado to your smoothie.
- Ice and Water
Add a cup of water and a handful of ice to your smoothie to keep it from becoming too thick. This will make it much easier to drink.
- Flax or Chia seed
A tablespoon of either chia or flax seed will add a high level of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are great for a wide range of health benefits and reduce inflammation within the body.
The above smoothie recipe takes about 5 minutes to make and is packed full of essential nutrients. It will give you more mental clarity, more energy, and better health. You can mix up the fruit to get a different flavor each day. If you enjoyed this breakfast idea, please share it with your friends and family!
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