Take a Chill Pill – For breakfast

With a steady pace of sunny, warm days, it is time to switch up the breakfast routine—because sometimes you need a kick in the rear even if the sun is coming up a little earlier these days. For those of you looking for either a small or large step outside of the breakfast comfort zone, why not try a smoothie?

The last few weeks have been a mix of hectic work deliverables, family parties and our house officially under agreement/dreading the prospect of being homeless in less than 1 month—after a couple of mornings of either skipping breakfast or grabbing the Starbucks special, I put my foot down and started experimenting with some genius smoothie recipes found via my favorite go-to foodie site—FoodGawker.com.

SmoothiesSmoothies are not a breakthrough idea for a boring breakfast routine, but the term is pretty broad and contains a large spectrum of delicious recipes from entry-level to borderline mind-blowing.

Equipment and Prep
So you want to dabble in the smoothie endeavor for breakfast – just know that preparation and equipment do make a difference:

Blender Perfection – while we all do not want to invest the $600 for a fancy VitamixNinja Blender blender, there are suitable alternatives that provide great power and consistency:
o Ninja Blenders (Found here on                                 Amazon.com)
o Nutri Bullet (Found here on Amazon.com)

Prep Work – have some spare bananas lying around the kitchen looking a little brown? Why not chop them up into 1-2 inch slices and store in freezer safe bags in the freezer until you’re ready for a smoothie?
o Prepping your fruits and veggies ahead of time makes for a much smoother prep time –             pun intended
o Buying frozen fruit also speeds up prep time and they contain just as many nutrients as               the fresh fruit—there’s no shame in buying the Wyman’s frozen blueberries from your                   grocer’s freezer section

Give it a Whirl
Here a few recipes, from the entry-level strawberry key-lime smoothie to a sneaky vegetable-packed smoothie:

Recipe #1 Strawberry Key-Lime
Adapted from: Carlsbadcravings.com
Serves: 2

Ingredients
1-2 scoops of vanilla or strawberry whey protein powder
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
1 5.3 oz. Stonyfield plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 frozen banana, in 1-2 inch slices
Zest of 1 lime
1 cup frozen strawberries

Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth – enjoy with a slice of lime or strawberries on top

Recipe #2 Good-for-you Green Smoothie
Adapted from: BeyondSweetAndSavory.com
Serves: 2

Ingredients
½ cup of kale
½ cup of spinach
1 cup frozen mango, or even pineapple
1 banana, fresh or frozen, cut into 1-2 inch slices
1 ripe avocado
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp chia seeds (optional – I opted out the first few times because of the texture)

Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe #3 Sneaky Veggie Smoothie
Adapted from: JustPutzing.com
Serves: 1

Ingredients
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple, chunks
1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (Stonyfield is my yogurt of choice)
1/3 cup carrots, grated
1/2 cup orange juice or pineapple juice
1/4 cup water, tap or even coconut water

Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

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