With the weather starting to warm up, I’ve been on the lookout for new healthy breakfast options that don’t revolve around eating hot oatmeal every single day. Another big consideration for me when I’m making up my mind about my morning meal is convenience. I don’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen in the morning when I’m in a rush, and I’m sure you don’t want to either! That’s why smoothies are the perfect nutrient-packed fix for those of us wanting a quick and healthy breakfast option.
Smoothies are a fantastic way to get in a few extra servings of fruit and all the nutritional benefits that come with them, such as vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folic acid. Along with that, fruits are naturally low in sodium, add the perfect amount of natural sweetness, and have zero calories from fat! By getting in the recommended daily serving of fruit, you’re helping to keep your insides healthy along with seeing improvements beauty-wise as well. According to Ido Leffer, the co-founder of Yes To, a company that produces natural skin and hair products, “Berries are inherently full of nutrient-rich building blocks such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavanoids, carotenoids, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals,” and that “It’s these components of berries that are known to be beneficial to the skin, most often used for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.” All of these building blocks work together to help prevent wrinkles and keep your skin radiant and young-looking. Who needs plastic surgery when you can sip your way to a naturally beautiful complexion!
All of these wonderful health and beauty benefits make it clear that we should all be getting more fruits into our diets, and smoothies provide the perfect vessel to combine multiple flavors and other nutrients in one powerhouse of a glass! While there is a huge variety of different fruit and ingredient combinations, one of my all-time favorites is the combination of vanilla, pineapples, and raspberries. To add in some staying-power to the drink, I choose to use a scoop or protein powder to up the protein content and help keep me full throughout the morning. When you throw all these ingredients in a blender, you end up with a delicious sweet and tart treat that tastes as good as anything from your mainstream smoothie joint, but without all the fatty ice cream! All in all, this Pineapple Raspberry Protein Smoothie has 300 healthy calories, 26g of protein, and almost 7g of fiber. It’s a healthy and mouthwatering breakfast that is perfect for those looking to lose weight or for those who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
While most of the frozen foods you may find in the grocery store are laden with calories and fat, frozen fruits may actually be healthier for you than most fresh ones. While this seems a bit counterintuitive, fruit that is destined to be frozen are processed at the peak of their ripeness – a time when they have their highest concentration of nutrients. This proves to work in our favor both health-wise and taste-wise, because using frozen fruit instead of ice cubes makes for a thicker and more flavorful smoothie! Better yet, you can easily spend five minutes of prep time and add in measured amounts of frozen fruit to zip-lock bags for even easier access in the morning. Just add in the rest of the ingredients, and you’ve boarded the train to Flavor Town!
Here’s to your health, cheers!
A delicious sweet and tart treat that tastes as good as anything from your mainstream smoothie joint, but without all the fatty ice cream!
- 1 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- In a blender, combine the frozen pineapple tidbits, frozen raspberries, greek yogurt, orange juice, and protein powder.
- Blend till smooth and enjoy cold.
- Makes one serving (twice the amount shown in the glass in the photo).
Nutrition - Calories 295, Total Fat 3.4g, Saturated Fat 1.1g, Cholesterol 60 mg , Sodium 110 mg, Potassium 675 mg, Total Carbohydrates 44g, Dietary Fiber 6.8g, Protein 26g