Top 6 blends for Spring

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Breakfast smoothies

With the exception of those who follow intermittent fasting, breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. We are often told to ‘eat breakfast like a king, and dinner like a pauper’. Despite this, many of us will opt to sleep in, and either rush breakfast or skip it! A study conducted by Kraft Foods showed that 56% of Aussies skip breakfast at least once a week, and over 30% are skipping it at least 3 times a week (1)

For us, prioritising breakfasts makes sense. Firstly, studies prove that a good breakfast boosts work productivity and performance. Secondly, observational studies have demonstrated that, on average breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight or obese, and are less likely to suffer from chronic disease (1). Why? Well - skipping breakfast may lead to poor food choices during the day. In a study of healthy adults, skipping breakfast was shown to be equally as powerful as an injection of pure ghrelin - a hunger hormone responsible for cravings (2). Ghrelin levels can linger around for hours, making you vulnerable to sweets and fatty foods right through the day.

Now we understand, not everyone has the time to prepare a café-style breakfast at home, especially during the working week. However, most of us can probably spare 2 minutes for whipping up a nourishing smoothie!

Smoothies are one of the most convenient breakfasts going around - you can have it in the car or even on the train! We’ve shared our top 6 blends for Spring – simply blend all ingredients until smooth 😊

Coffee-lover’s protein smoothie:

  • 1 shot of espresso OR 2tsp instant coffee powder
  • ½ frozen banana OR 1/3 cup of frozen banana chunks
  • 1 fresh medjool date or 3 dried dates
  • 1tbs LSA or ground flaxseed
  • 1 serve of good quality natural WPI or plant-based protein
  • 250ml skim milk (or milk of your choice)

Indulgent peanut butter protein smoothie

  • 30g rolled oats
  • 2tsp of 100% peanut butter
  • ½ frozen banana, or 1/3 cup of frozen banana chunks
  • 1 scoop (30g) of good quality natural WPI or plant-based protein
  • 250ml skim milk (or milk of your choice)

Berrylicious blueberry, spinach and almond protein smoothie

  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana, or 1/3 cup of frozen banana chunks
  • ¾ cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1tsp of 100% almond butter
  • 1 scoop (30g) of good quality natural WPI or plant-based protein
  • 250ml unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Green Chia smoothie

  • 1 peeled and diced kiwi
  • ½ frozen banana, or 1/3 cup of frozen banana chunks
  • ¾ cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 Lebanese cucumber
  • 2tsp chia seeds
  • 1tbs hemp protein
  • 250ml unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of your choice)

Immune boosting smoothie with ginger

  • ½ cup frozen diced mango
  • ½ cup frozen diced pineapple
  • ½ large peeled carrot, sliced
  • 1tbs grated ginger
  • Small squeeze of lemon juice
  • ½ cup high protein natural yoghurt
  • 200ml water

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2tsp honey
  • Small squeeze of lemon juice
  • ¾ cup natural Kefir yoghurt drink
  • 150ml water

 

Samantha Stuk Posted by: Samantha Stuk

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