Rise and Shine with this super easy smoothie recipe
Recently I’ve been getting up quite early in the morning (just so you know - any time before 8am is ‘early’ for me). And for me to even function this early in the morning I need a bucket of coffee and some fuel in the form of quick breakfast. I am not the type of person that has the patience to make pancakes of full-on English breakfast. So I usually opt for something quick, easy, yet - delicious and nutritious.
1/4 cup chopped frozen bananas
1/4 cup frozen berries
1 ts cacao nibs
1 ts chia seeds
1 ts flax seed
1 cup coconut milk (or almond)
+1 scoop of your favourite protein powder (optional)
Put it all in the blender and blend, blend, blend. You can add some ice if you’d like it to be extra chill. :)
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Pssst…If you’d like to know more about the goodness you are fuelling your body with - here are some nutritional facts about each ingredient:
Banana - Highly nutritional and packed with vitamin B6, C, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals, which is why you don’t need too much in your smoothie. It fills you up, as it is a good source of fiber. Use frozen bananas for extra creaminess. TIP: When my bananas start to go brown, I chop them to pieces, put in freezer bags and stash in the freezer. Ready for your next morning smoothie!
Berries - Greatest source of antioxidants compared to any other food! (Antioxidants protect our bodies from the damage that free radicals cause. Free radicals are believed to be a factor in the development of deceases such as cancer, atherosclerosis and others. So eat up those berries and stay healthy!) Event though berries are high in natural sugar, they won’t cause insulin spike (aka sugar crush). They are also high in Vitamin C.
Cacao nibs - A closer form to chocolate (yay!) than cocoa beans and have amazing nutritional benefits: rich in fiber and protein, so it leaves you fuller for longer; source of caffeine, which means it will give you a little pick me up if your energy levels are low; packed with antioxidants!
Chia Seeds - One of the most popular “superfoods” and with good reason! The chia seed is nutrient dense and is has amazing energy boosting power. In fact, Aztec warriors used to eat a spoonful of chia, which would give them endurance and high energy for 24 hours! In addition, this miracle seed promotes healthy skins, reduces the signs of ageing, supports the heart and digestive system and helps building stronger bones and muscles. Amazing, right?
Flax Seed - Very high in omega-3 fatty acids. They are so good for your digestive system (if you aren’t very…ahem “regular” - introduce some flaxseed into your diet and you will feel the difference. Trust me!)
Coconut milk - Provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue, so it is especially good after a workout or in the hot weather when you sweat, because it prevents dehydration.
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P.S. Can I just say how seriously obsessed with my Russell Hobbs blender I am? It was love at first smoothie, indeed.