It always happens. You wake up 20 minutes before you have to be at work. You quickly gather your lunch and a few snacks, but as always, you forget the most important meal of the day: breakfast.
It’s easy to skip breakfast and pig out a little extra at lunch, but what you don’t realize is it’s the worst thing you can do to your body.
Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast does more than prevent your stomach from massively growling in your morning meetings, it helps control your weight, improves your performance and gives you the energy needed to get through the day.
This doesn’t mean you need to start stopping at the nearest Dunkin Donuts every day because they have a buy one get one free sale every morning. Try a smoothie. It’s a balanced variety of nutritious foods that only take a minute to blend together, then you just pour it into your cup and you’re on your way!
There are many different kinds of smoothies out there, so here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Strawberry Banana Oat Smoothie
Everyone thinks they should stay away from carbs to be healthy, but your body absolutely needs them. The good carbs, of course. This smoothies gives you the carbs you need to power through your day by throwing some oats into the mix. When you make this smoothie, all you do is combine milk, plain Greek yogurt, strawberries, bananas, oats, honey and vanilla extract. Just blend it until smooth and you have a nutritious breakfast in no time!
Orange Dream Protein Smoothie
Looking for a creamy, orange pick me up? This should do the trick! You could sip on this smoothie every day and forget it’s even healthy. That’s right, it only has 226 calories per serving and it’s made with vanilla protein powder, vanilla extract, almond milk, orange juice and orange zest. So, next time you crave an Orange Julius, save the calories and make this instead!
Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
If you hate greens but you want to add them into your diet, this is a good way to do it! The greens are so hidden that you can’t even tell they’re mixed into this delicious smoothie. The blueberries hide the spinach and make the entire beverage, for the most part, purple. Worried about the taste? Don’t, you can’t taste the spinach either. The only ingredients you need to make it are Greek yogurt, a banana, blueberries, strawberries, spinach, milk, protein powder and honey. Blend it, and you have a serving a fruits and vegetables in a glass!
Carrot Cake Smoothie
I don’t know about you, but cake for breakfast seems quite tasty. Even better, a healthy smoothie that tastes like cake. There’s no sugar and totally good for you. All you need to do to make it is blend carrots, a banana, Greek yogurt, milk, pineapple, walnuts, coconut, cinnamon and nutmeg. There you have it, healthy cake in the form of a smoothie!
Spinach Avocado Smoothie
If you need a veggie boost, here it is. This smoothie is full of avocado and spinach, as well as banana, honey and non-fat plain yogurt. Blend it well and you have a nutritious snack. Instead of making it every day, this beverage can store in the refrigerator for one day. So, it’s there when you need it!
We know how good berries are for us, they’re full of antioxidants. Sometimes they can be too tart, though. So, why not blend them together into a sweet smoothie? All you need to do to make it is blend frozen berries, blueberry yogurt, cranberry-raspberry juice, dry milk powder and some fresh blueberries. It’s the perfect low calorie snack!
When you find yourself rushing out the door, remember Dunkin Donuts isn’t going to provide you with the nutrition you need. Make one of these smoothies instead, you’ll feel much better.