Smoothies are a popular grab-and-go option for those on the run. Since there are a million different smoothie options out there, here are a couple of tips for getting the most from your morning shake.
* Skip the added sugar! This includes honey, maple syrup, and fruit juice. A high carbohydrate smoothie will only make you hungry later and add unnecessary calories. Add flavor in other ways with spices, fresh ginger, herbs, or unsweetened coconut.
* Add protein! Protein promotes satiety and slows down the digestion process, allowing your smoothie to fuel your morning well. Protein options include nuts, seeds, nut butters, yogurt, or protein powders.
* Add veggies! Use this opportunity to add non-starchy vegetables to your breakfast! Spinach and kale blend surprisingly well with minimal flavor adjustment to your smoothie.
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 ice cubes
Blend really well until smooth. Makes 1 serving.
Nutritional Analysis: 230 calories; 23g carbohydrate; 7g protein; 6g fiber