I don’t really consider myself a breakfast person. A lot of people tout it as the most important meal of the day, but historically it is one that I’ve skipped far more than I’ve consumed. Since starting to be more active, I’ve started making smoothies when I wake up, unless I’m substituting pancakes or another special dish in their place.
My recipe is more or less a basic guideline, based loosely on a No Meat Athlete blog post, that I sub ingredients into for variety. The basic outline, which serves two people, is:
- 3 frozen bananas (we buy them fresh, allow them to ripen, peel, quarter, and vacuum seal them three per bag)
- 2 cups of unsweetened frozen fruit (usually two varieties)
- 2 tbsp Flax Seed
- 1/4 cup fresh walnuts OR 4 scoops Orgain Vanilla Bean Protein Powder
- 2 or 3 large handfuls of spinach
My favorite combination is peach, pineapple, and Orgain. Other fruit we keep in the house and mix-n-match are blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, mango, cherries, and oranges. We usually reserve the Orgain for use on Saturday, which is our long workout day.
One final thing to note is that several years ago we went through several cheap blenders making smoothies, dips, and creams, burning up the motors or just not being satisfied with the results. Eventually we invested in a Vitamix 5200. That was seven years ago – and it still works flawlessly. We recently upgraded to a refurbished 5300 with the newer pitcher design, and delegated the 5200 to the RV. I highly recommend investing in a Vitamix – they are amazing machines and are built to last a lifetime of heavy use.