Banana Blast Breakfast
(or anytime) Smoothie
by Susan Arruda
YIELD: Serves 1
1 small banana
½ cup skim milk
½ scoop of vanilla flavoured protein powder OR ¼ cup of skim milk powder
2 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. rolled oats
1 tbsp. natural peanut butter
½ tsp. ground flax seeds
Optional: Agave nectar or honey to taste.
Blend all ingredients together in a blender or magic bullet. Sweeten with agave nectar to taste, if desired.
For a thicker smoothie, use more ice and/or more rolled oats.
Use low fat chocolate milk and chocolate protein powder for a yummy chocolaty twist.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAKFAST:
A sound breakfast allows you to start your day off right nutritionally, fuels you with energy and sets you up for a great, healthy start to your day. Don’t leave home without it! Think of your first meal of the day as the foundation of your daily dietary success. Against popular belief, not eating breakfast does not save on calories as missing breakfast often leads to feeling famished and overeating at some point later on in the day, often in the evening, when your metabolism is slowing down and preparing for sleep.
For those mornings that you anticipate to be extremely rushed, either for yourself and/or your children, pre-mix all ingredients in an individual serving size blender with the exception of the ice cubes and eliminate the excuse of having no time for breakfast. Set yourself up for success with this fast and nutritious on-the-go breakfast option.