Green Breakfast Smoothie Has Changed My Life

Tabby CatAs a Professional Pet Sitter, my days are filled traveling from house to house caring for the most adorable cats imaginable.  I’ve never been a morning person and usually made the easy choice for breakfast, often at a drive-thru. At 54, I thought my fatigue and aches and pains came with age; I didn’t connect my fatigue with my poor diet choices in the morning.

To me, a smoothie was pureed fruit and ice, usually high in calories and carbohydrates.  Then I discovered the Green Smoothie.  The difference is the addition of greens and a good protein.  I was skeptical, so initially I tried one at a local organic food store and loved the taste, hard to believe there was spinach in that smoothie!  Even better than the taste, the smoothie kept me feeling full for several hours and I had a boost of energy.  I decided to try this at home.

I looked up recipes online and decided on a strawberry banana flavor, play around with ingredients to get your favorite flavor and consistency.  First thing in the morning, before the cats are fed because the blender scares them, I throw in:

  • A handful of Spinach
  • A few frozen Strawberries and Blueberries (you can use fresh but I like an icy smoothie)
  • Half of a Banana (freeze the other half for tomorrow’s smoothie)
  • A heaping spoonful of Whey Protein (I like a vanilla flavor)
  • A tablespoon of Chia Seeds (a really good protein)
  • Add a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water or milk of your choice
  • 3-4 Ice Cubes

Blend until smooth. Yum.  I put it in a tumbler, feed my cats, grab it and proceed to my first cat visit of the day.  What could be easier?

After two weeks of my morning Green Smoothie, I have increased energy, I am not scrounging for something to eat two hours later and overall my body feels so much better.  I think the frozen drink appeals to me because a real milkshake from the Ice Cream Parlor was such a treat as a child and, I thought, a thing of the past.  This lifestyle change works for me because it is easy to do and immediately beneficial.

Happy Green Smoothie making!

 

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