A cuppa meal

by trishf

Green Smoothie

There are days where I prefer to drink my breakfast than eat it, especially when those darn braces get in the way of enjoying any form solid food.

That’s why a good smoothie is easily my favourite breakfast of choice.

Much like a blank canvas, a smoothie can be anything and/ or everything you want. Easy as pie, and built from just about any staples in the fridge, it is a cinch to make and perfect for those rushed mornings (which is probably about every other day).  If you are looking to incorporate smoothies into your breakfast repertoire, you’d want to keep things fresh and delicious by having variety and more importantly, ensuring that the smoothie goes the extra mile by keeping you satiated till your next meal.

These three smoothies have been topping my list of late:

  1. My favourite breakfast smoothie du-jour is milk, chocolate powder, banana, peanut butter and a single (sometimes double, depending on which side of the bed I get up from) shot of espresso. It’s like coffee meets breakfast – or an “even quicker picker upper”, as I’d like to call it. Throw in some rolled oats, which works really well with the ingredients here to make for a substantial breakfast that can quite possibly last you till lunch.
  2. With gym season in full swing, my nano-sec-go-to smoothie these days pre and post work-out is OJ, strawbs and protein powder. Simple, convenient and satiating. Sometimes I whizz in a huge dollop of non-fat Greek yoghurt for added protein and tartness.
  3. I’ve also been on a green binge of late so spinach, banana with coconut water seem to work really well for me. The hubs doesn’t take to the Shrek-green hue too well, but I like it. The taste of the banana overpowers the spinach, so while it looks all green and yucky, you can’t really taste the spinach in there. I’d imagined kale juice would be a good substitute for spinach, if stems and fibre were removed.

Staying on course with the green theme, we make a pretty mean Vietnamese-style avocado smoothie. Blitz one medium avocado with condensed milk, and ice. Easy, fuss free and delicious. Be warned though,  the consistency is very thick like a mega thick milk shake, so you’ll almost need a spoon to scoop it up. The result is ultra creaminess, sweet and all heart healthy. Avocados contain all 18 essential amino acids and healthy fats that are said to boost your HDL (high density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol). Plus it keeps you full for a loooong time. It’s like the smoothie that keeps giving.

What kinds of smoothies do you like and what ingredients do you add to yours to make it a cuppa meal?