Allergen Information: Contains tree nuts. (substitution given)
Special Equipment: High Powered Blender
One of the easiest ways to reduce stress (in my life) is being prepared–that’s why I plan, plan, plan, and write, write, write. If I wake up and have no idea what’s for breakfast, then I’m already stressed, rushing around, yipping at family, and rushing kids out the door. Life is just passing us by, and I don’t even spend time loving on the ones I love.
For me personally, that’s why I love having smoothies for breakfast.
1. They are easy to plan
2. It takes just about 2 minutes to throw together (or made the night before and stored in the fridge)
3. I can sip on it while I’m getting everything together for the day or while I’m driving kids to school or to work
4. I set myself up to have energy first thing in the morning
5. I stay full for hours
One of the worst things we can do is get everybody else together and then “worry about us” after the craziness (which for me is almost 10 am some days!) If I do that, I’m already exhausted and have nothing left to give my day. As busy moms (or whoever you are), we need nutrients first thing to give us energy for the day.
I want to challenge you to add a smoothie to your morning routine. If you are dedicated and use quality ingredients, you should notice a difference in your energy level almost immediately! I love how “full” I feel after drinking one, but without the bloated feeling of a big, greasy breakfast! (Although, those are fun too sometimes!) The full feeling usually lasts me all the way until lunch, whereas what I used to eat (Pop-Tarts, toast and butter, etc) left me hungry almost an hour or two later.
This smoothie features two powerful ingredients: flaxseeds and goji berries. I always have ground flaxseeds on hand (stored in the fridge after opening) to make “flax eggs” for baked goods, so there’s always plenty for my smoothies. Flaxseeds are known for their Omega-3 fatty acids and strong antioxidant properties. Pair those with the blueberries and that’s a lot of antioxidants! Goji berries are rich in Vitamin A and are packed full of antioxidants themselves. If you don’t have goji berries, you can definitely leave them out. They are not a “staple” in your pantry, but they are great to have if you have room in the grocery budget one week.
If you are interested in why are antioxidants so important, check this article out.
I make my own almond milk in my Vitamix using this recipe, but don’t feel like you have to. Just check into store-bought almond milk, and pick the best one. I recommend Pacific’s Organic Almond Unsweetened (or the Vanilla), which you can find at most grocery stores! I use that in a pinch, but prefer to make my own. If you are nut-free, you can use any substitute of your preference (rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, etc).
- 1 T ground flaxseeds
- 1-2 t goji berries (optional)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- Put ingredients in a high speed blender in the order shown. Blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!