Monday, June 13, 2016

A Smoothie for Breakfast ???


Smoothie


Just a Smoothie for a breakfast ?? 

Before trying it, I wasn't convinced about feeling full having just a smoothie for breakfast. But now , it is just the other way around. Is there anything better than a smoothie for a breakfast ?? I can't have anything more than a healthy smoothie for the breakfast and it keeps me going till noon with full energy. 


There are many benefits for starting your day with a smoothie. 
  • Easy and quick to make.
  • Helps to keep the blood sugar levels balanced and keeping you feel full for longer time. 
  • Makes all vital nutrients easily absorbed to the body. 
  • Easy to make sure that you include the daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables in you diet. 
  • Can make different combinations depending on what is available daily.
There are many versions of smoothies around , but I've made my own rules for a family breakfast smoothie after a few months of experiments....

    • 80 %              : less sugary Vegetables like Celery, Zucchini, Cucumber, Beetroot etc...carrots are bit high in sugar, but they are great too. 
    • 20%              : less sugary and low GI fruits like berries , pears , avocado, kiwi fruit,  apples, Indian gooseberries, guavas , papaya, cherries , apricot etc.
    • 1-2 Tbsps of     : flaxseeds (roasted) / sesame seeds(roasted)  / chia seeds 
    • a few                  : soaked cashews/ almonds (the protein part)
    • optional            : Dates / Honey  for sweetness.
    • optional            : coconut milk 

So there isn't a specific recipe for a great smoothie as long as you are happy with the taste of the ingredients you are putting into your blender. 

Today's smoothie is having the following and it serves 2 people.

Ingredients

  1. Granny Smith Apples ( green apples ) : 2 
  2. Pears                                                           : 2
  3. Celery sticks                                              : 3  stems 
  4. Blueberries                                               : 1/4 cup 
  5. Sesame seeds                                           : 1 Tbsp 
  6. Coconut Milk                                           : 1/4 cup
  7. Almond meal                                           : 1 Tbsp
Preparation

  1. Wash and clean the vegetables and fruits. 
  2. I prefer to peel them if they are not organic. 
  3. Cut them into small pieces. 
  4. Take all the ingredients into your blender , add some water if you prefer. And then just a matter of blending them all to your preferred consistency. 
  5. It is preferred to enjoy the smoothie as soon as you make it. 

Note : 

  • There are many benefits of adding greens in your smoothie. But I understand that having raw greens is not good for people like me suffering from under active thyroid conditions and so I avoid greens from my smoothies.
  • Also being dairy free myself , I don't prefer to have milk - based smoothies. 

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