Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Healthy Berry Crumble Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Hi Shine and Sparklers!

I had some good feed back on my Healthy Green Breakfast Smoothie recipe and thought I would share with you another of my go-to smoothie breakfasts!  Like the last smoothie, this one is still is packed with vitamins, protein, and whole grains to make it a really great and well rounded breakfast.  I love how you can play with smoothie recipes so easily.  It also keeps your belly full all the way until lunch!

Can you tell I'm excited about football season?  Thus the beer glass of smoothie! This smoothie is way healthier than a much fun as a beer?  Maybe not.

The Shine and Sparkle Green Breakfast Smoothie Recipe:

1 cup Fresh Spinach (you can also use kale or other mild leafy greens)
½ cup Non-fat Plain Greek or European Style Yogurt
¼ cup frozen banana or about 1/2 a fresh banana (using frozen fruit gives it a nice texture in my opinion, but both work)
¼ cup fresh or frozen berries (fresh apples work too)
¼ - 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tbs peanut or almond butter  
¼ cup unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk
¼ cup of classic rolled oats
Water (about ½ a cup is what I like, but more or less determines how thick the smoothie is).

1) Add ingredients to blender.  If storing overnight in a magic bullet* cup, make sure the wet ingredients and oats are at the bottom of the cup. Then add the fruit and spinach on top.  This prevents the spinach from wilting and lets the oats absorb some of the liquid over night and get soft and easier to blend.  If making right away, just throw everything in a blender.

2) Blend.

3) Drink.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Squeezie.  The oats, nut butter and cinnamon give you the feeling of the top of a fruit crumble as well as fiber and protein.  There are also good health benefits of cinnamon (however it is never a replacement for professional medical advice! Common sense folks).  The spinach and fruits provide great vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and a great sweet taste.  The yogurt provides dairy calcium, probiotics, and protein.  The almond milk adds a lovely creamy element to the smoothie. This smoothie is not as low in calories as my Healthy Green Breakfast Smoothie, but it is still a great option for those concerned about their weight because it packs in so much nutrition, fiber, and protein that it is easier to stick to healthy eating later in the day.  

I strongly feel that people need to take care of their bodies.  When you have all the necessary nutrition you have more energy and can live a longer and happier life.  Part of why there is a recipe section on my blog is to help promote good (and YUMMY) nutrition to aid people in their own journeys to shine and sparkle! 

As Always,

Shine & Sparkle!

*I am not paid or contacted by any of the companies mentioned in this post.  These are my honest feelings and opinions.

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