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I started incorporating smoothies into my diet 6 years ago, shortly after I had Joel as a way to ensure my new nursing body was getting all the nutrients it needed to give my newborn baby the healthiest most nutritious breast milk ever. At the time I was also trying to eat as healthy as possible to return to my healthy weight now that I’d had my baby. You know the saying, “pregnant women eat for 2?” Well I may have been eating for 4 because I had gained about 60 lbs during my pregnancy. I knew eating bagels, pancakes and large bowls of cereal weren’t the best breakfast options but when you’re with child it’s very difficult to fight those cravings. But after my son was born I knew I needed to make some immediate changes right away and smoothies were my saving grace. By enjoying a smoothie every day for breakfast and working out a half an hour to an hour a few days a week while my new baby slept, I dropped the pounds by the summer.
If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook then you’ve seen all of my many smoothies recipes. Just about every time I share my breakfast smoothie pics I’m asked, “how do I make my smoothies taste good?” and “how do I manage to feel satisfied until lunch when having a smoothie for breakfast?” Two really great questions and two things I had to learn the hard way because when you go from pancakes, eggs and sausage for breakfast a vegetable and fruit smoothie didn’t really make the cut.
Here are the best tips I can offer anyone looking to have a smoothie every day and I even through in a couple delicious recipes for you.
Smoothies are what you make them. To make my smoothies healthy, I always added frozen kale or spinach, which are both easy and inexpensive to buy fresh and in large quantities at the store and then stick in your freezer. But, when you’re new to smoothies spinach and kale can make your smoothie ummm… how do I put it – gross! Anyone who is eating a green smoothie with kale or spinach had to get their palate used to it. The first time I made a green smoothie I put in way too much spinach because I caught myself trying to make the healthiest smoothie ever, but how healthy was it for me when I dumped it down the drain? There was no way I could drink that. I recommend you add a small handful of spinach to start and you have to add fresh fruit. If you want to take your smoothies from ordinary to extraordinary with a boost of taste and nutrition, grab one of the McCormick Good Morning Smoothie Boosts. I promise you won’t be disappointed. They come in 3 flavors Tropical Twist, Mixed Berry, and Chocolate Mocha. Simply blend one 35 calorie packet into your favorite shake recipes for a drinkable breakfast on-the-go. Blend with juice, milk or fruit for a drinkable meal on-the-go.
While you’re making a healthy choice, your smoothie might not be as balanced as it could be. In most cases, veggie-based smoothies can end up being too low in calories and protein. While on the other side of the spectrum, fruit based smoothies can be so calorie and sugar-laden we might as well be having dessert for breakfast. What I’ve learned is bulk out your healthy green veg smoothie with some protein – like yogurt, protein or a vegan pea or rice protein – and healthy fats like avocado or nut butters. The McCormick Good Morning Smoothie Boosts not only add delicious flavor but each packet adds 5 grams of protein to your blended breakfast beverage. Adding protein to my smoothie was revolutionary and made one of the greatest impacts on how satiated I felt after drinking a smoothie.
Now after you’ve done all of that to blend up the best quality smoothie you may not realize how much you’re skimping on quantity. My 8oz mason jar was my go to for drinking my smoothies because all the pretty Instagram pages used mason jars but for some reason I never thought to pour my smoothie in a larger glass. I purchased a box of 32oz mason jars and would you believe that did the trick? It was like magic. It takes me about an hour or two to actually drink it but guess what? I’m not hungry.
1 bartlett pear
4 frozen strawberries
2 large handfuls of spinach
1 packet McCormick Good Morning Mixed Berry Smoothie Boosts
1 scoop protein powder
1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1 cup water
1.5 cup frozen mango
2 handfuls spinach
1 packet McCormick Good Morning Tropical Twist Smoothie Boosts
1 tbsp peanut butter/nut butter
1 scoop protein powder
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
2.5 cups water
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