For a… smooth start to the day
Waking up in the morning goes hand-in-hand with coffee. Preparing a cup of coffee is without a doubt the first thing you do as soon as you walk into the kitchen in the morning. You usually enjoy the first dose of caffeine for the day quickly, sometimes even skipping breakfast.
You may even feel like caffeine is a good companion in the morning; a friend that will help you get through the day’s schedule. This “friend” however, can dehydrate you and make you anxious, which is why you should keep it… under control. How do you avoid overconsuming caffeine then? With summer just around the corner and the temperature rising, you can replace your morning coffee with a smoothie, which is ideal for breakfast. First of all, it is refreshing and has natural sugars that will give you energy and help you wake up, while it is also considered a very healthy meal.
According to the World Health Organisation, you need to consume five servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. However, you get carried away most of the time by your daily routine, forgetting to consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. You can prevent this though, by integrating smoothies in your life for good.
The secret to the perfect smoothie is in its texture. To achieve the creamy texture, you need to remember to freeze the fruit from the night before, especially if you are going to use bananas. In addition, your smoothie will be even tastier if you add a tablespoon of peanut butter, tahini or almond butter. Beyond the good fats and added protein contained in nut butter, it will keep you full until lunch.
Another secret to making your smoothies even healthier, is to add a handful of spinach to the mix. Its taste will get “lost” among the fruit and you will have managed to get a strong dose of iron, vitamin A, C and calcium right at the start of the day.
To make your smoothies you will need, in addition to fresh or frozen fruit, yoghurt or milk. Instead of using cow’s milk, try adding almond or coconut milk to the blender, and the result will be both tastier and lighter.
Instead of drinking your smoothie you can also enjoy it in a bowl. The smoothie bowl, as it is typically called, is a new breakfast trend, which all fitness gurus have become obsessed with. If you want to try it, make sure the mixture is as creamy and thick as possible, but also prepare various toppings to garnish such as nuts, coconut flakes, oats, fresh fruit and anything else you want.
The nice thing about smoothies is that the range of ingredients you can use is endless, as are the combinations. So, in addition to a good blender, you will also need to use your imagination!