We have been told again and again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As such, we’re advised to eat a very nutritious meal during for breakfast – specifically within the first hour of waking up.
This is because during the night when we sleep, the level of blood sugar in the body is depleted and when we don’t replenish it properly through breakfast, we lose energy in the mid-morning before we have our lunch. Our bodies run out of steam, and the result is tiredness, difficulty in focusing and mood swings. What is more, we tend to have cravings in the day if we begin the day inadequately.
The main reason why we miss this essential meal is time. Who has the spare minutes to chop up vegetables or fruit and prepare them first thing in the morning? The truth is that we usually rush through our mornings, with only enough time to gulp down a cup of java. However, there’s a way to make breakfast on-the-go without missing out on the nutrients that our bodies need for the day.
Fortunately for us, we can have breakfast smoothies.
Breakfast smoothies are mainly made from fruits mixed with some liquid and other ingredients. Any fruit can be used to prepare a breakfast smoothie, but the most popular ones are bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapples, peaches, and mangoes. There’s been some disagreement on whether fresh fruit is more beneficial than frozen fruit. If the fruits are frozen right after harvesting, then the nutritional differences wouldn’t be significant. In any case, frozen fruit can be obtained even when the fruit is out of season so you have more options and variety for making your breakfast smoothies. Some people prefer frozen fruit since they result in alcoholic beverages.
Yogurt or milk can be mixed into the smoothies. Aside from adding to the nutritional content, these dairy products add flavor. Yogurt, because of its consistency, will naturally result in thicker beverages. Both supply the daily calcium needs of their body as well as protein and other vitamins. Fruit juices and concentrates can be chucked in as well, for more delicious breakfast smoothies.
Other ingredients which can be combined with the fruits are honey to enhance sweetness. This can balance flavor especially when tart fruits are mixed into the breakfast smoothies. Another healthful additive is tofu, which offers protein. The benefit of tofu is that it is tasteless and will absorb the real flavor of the smoothie. Nuts and oils provide essential fats, chocolate and coffee make the beverages tastier, and cereals may add to the fiber and carbohydrate content of the beverage. The variations of breakfast smoothies which may be made are endless, and the only limit is your taste buds and the nutritional value you’re going for.
With breakfast smoothies that are simple to make, there’s now no excuse for busy people to skip the most important meal of the day. A glass each day will surely keep the doctor away.