I am known as a breakfast evangelist among my group of friends. I feel it’s important to stress the the daily ritual of breakfast to whoever will listen. I try to avoid standing too often on my soapbox – I reserve it only for special occasions – and this is one of them!
But it can be hard for many people to get on the breakfast bandwagon. You may either prefer to log a few more precious minutes of sleep or find that eating immediately after rising causes your stomach to upset. Maybe you just forget about it all together in the chaos of the morning.
The importance of breakfast – like you’ve never heard it before!
Firstly, by jump starting our systems every morning with a shot of lemon juice, everything wakes up, including our appetite. As far as sleep goes, by skipping breakfast we will undoubtedly be exhausted by mid-morning, because we need fuel to carry out daily tasks.
Now I am not here, on my soapbox, to lure you into long, time consuming breakfast rant. I’m here to lure you into an immune boosting and delicious smoothie. We all know that smoothies are so efficient in delivering nutrients throughout our bodies. Think of them as nutrition to go, if you will!
This smoothie is packed with rich antioxidants, powerful phytochemicals and loads of protein that will get us up and keep us moving. By combining raspberries and blueberries in the same smoothie, we give our immune systems a serious boost.
The vitamins and nutrients that burst from these berries and contribute to their vibrant red and purple are what enables our bodies to fight off cancer, carcinogens and mental health risks that we would all prefer to steer clear of.
This smoothie is a perfect morning wake-up. It is filling and sweet – almost dessert like, in fact – but you won’t even notice the baby greens, with the exception of darkish green color they will impart. Now there is no excuse to skip breakfast!
A Berry Good Morning Smoothie
Makes 1 quart
- 2 cups mixed baby greens
- 1 pint frozen raspberries
- 1 pint frozen blueberries
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 cup almond milk
Combine the greens, berries and bananas and blend; while blending slowly add the soymilk until a smooth and creamy consistency is achieved. Enjoy!