Alright. Christmas is officially done. My Christmas cards have been recycled, my fridge is clear of most Christmas-based foods, and now I’m trying to use up the final remnants of Christmas chocolate, while also focusing on clearing out the rest of my fridge.
And with that, it’s time for some healthy breakfast options. Well, one healthy breakfast option that can be adapted to your own tastes.
Smoothies are great, they’re quick, they’re easy and they’re portable. But sometimes, you just need to add a bit more to a smoothie to make it tie you over until lunch. The worst feeling in the world is not having your breakfast fill you up. I struggle with that a lot when I don’t have a proper breakfast that has protein and carbohydrates. My homemade granola with Greek yoghurt does a good job of keeping me going, but if I haven’t had time to make granola, I do tend to turn to smoothies. I’m also trying to cut down my carbohydrate intake, and breakfast is the easiest option for that.
Having said that, a smoothie bowl works best when a sprinkling of granola is chucked on top. The concept of a smoothie bowl is quite weird. It’s a fruit drink, in a bowl. It’s a cold soup?
With a smoothie bowl, you want to add less liquid than normal because you want it to be a bit thicker. It also makes it easier to layer fruit and granola on the top.
Of course, whatever you add to your smoothie can impact the colour. There are some beautiful pictures out there of smoothie bowls in bright purples, pinks and greens. My smoothie is not quite so bright in colour because of the spinach mixed with the strawberries and blueberries. It’s not the most attractive colour, I have to admit. But it tastes delicious, and at the end of the day – that’s what counts.
Getting fibre into your system is good, and that’s what the spinach provides. The addition of protein powder also ensures that the smoothie is a meal, and not just a drink, it’ll keep you going until lunch (or even beyond that). So, take some time for yourself, and sit down to enjoy your smoothie today.
150 ml milk of choice (I use almond)
handful of baby spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup mixed berries
mixed berries, for topping
granola, for topping
- Blend all of the ingredients, except the toppings, in a blender.
- Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with toppings.