Breakfast can be one of the most overlooked meals of the day. More thought, time and energy invariably goes into the other main meals of the day, while breakfast often receives little attention. Perhaps this is because we are so time poor in the mornings. Frequently eaten on the run, breakfast is often little more than a coffee or pastry grabbed on the way out the door. Establishing good eating habits is our passport to good health and it starts with breakfast. There’s a reason why it’s the most important meal of the day. It recharges the body’s motor after the previous night’s long fast and helps to eliminate nutrient shortages. If you regularly skip breakfast, it’s much harder to make up for those missed nutrients later in the day. Instead use this opportunity to increase your daily vitamin and mineral intake.If your morning routine consists of cereal with milk, topped with some fruit, then consider combining all this into a banana oat smoothie filled with nuts, grains, fruit and yogurt. Smoothies are the ideal morning pick-me-up. Not only are they quick and easy to make and can be sipped on the run, but offer great opportunities to keep your oats interesting. Everything from berries, stone fruits, apples, bananas, peanut butter, dates and spices can be thrown into your blender for a never ending variety of different flavors.
Banana Oat Smoothie with Peanut Butter
Ingredients1 large frozen banana½ cup rolled oats½ cup Greek yogurt1 cup almond milk2 tablespoons peanut butterHow to MakeCombine the frozen banana, rolled oats, Greek yogurt, almond milk and peanut butter and blend until smooth.Pour into your favorite serving glasses and enjoy.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 cup Greek yogurt½ avocado½ cup oatmeal1 cup almond milk2 tablespoons peanut butter1 tablespoon cacaoHow to MakeWhizz together the frozen banana, Greek yogurt, avocado, oatmeal, almond milk, peanut butter and cacao until smooth.Serve sprinkled with nuts.
Spicy Banana Apple Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 apple, peeled and cored½ – 1 cups almond milk½ cup yogurt½ cup rolled oats½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger½ teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon vanilla extract2 Medjool dates½ teaspoon cardamomHow to MakePlace the frozen banana, apple, almond milk, yogurt, rolled oats, grated ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract, dates and cardamom into your blender. Blend on high until everything is well mixed and thick and creamy.This makes two small glasses.
Banana Coconut Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana2 tablespoons cashew butter½ cup oatmeal½ cup vanilla yogurt1 cup coconut milk½ teaspoon chai seasoningHow to MakeBlend together frozen banana, cashew butter, oatmeal, vanilla yogurt, coconut milk and chai seasoning until velvety smooth and creamy.Pour into two glasses and enjoy.
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