I had a friend the other day at my house who decided it would be a fun adventure to rummage through my pantry. An adventure it was! Here’s how our conversation went down:
Rachael: “Kara, what’s this?” (holding up a container of black seeds)
Me: “Chia seeds. They’re high in fiber – they help keep you feeling full. I put them in smoothies and such.”
Rachael: “Kara, what do you use coconut oil in?”
Me: “Smoothies. I tried eating a spoonful once and it was like eating chapstick. I don’t recommend it. But it’s supposed to help ward off disease or something like that. Dr. Oz likes coconut oil.”
Rachael: “What’s agave nectar?”
Me: “Again, smoothies. If you find something weird in here, I probably put it in a smoothie. Agave nectar is a natural sweetner.”
Rachael: “So basically you puree everything weird and drink in the form of a smoothie. Got it.”
Smoothies are one of my favorite summer breakfasts. I take these to work with me in the morning as my breakfast. I think they are yummy, filling and a healthy way to start the day. One of the best things is you can pretty much throw anything into a smoothie. And while the ingredients might be a little bizarre, Lance will drink these as well as the two coworkers I’ve convinced to try them. Even Lucan, my two-year-old likes them!
- 1/4 c slow oats
- 1/3 c skim milk
- 1 banana cut up in chunks
- 1 large T of almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 handful of fresh spinach
- 1 large glop of yogurt
- 3 ice cubes
- A drizzle of agave nectar
- ½ a scoop of protein powder
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- Fruit, such as strawberries, mango, raspberries, etc.
- I assemble everything the night before in my smoothie cup (minus the ice cubes), blend everything, and then add the ice cubes and blend again. You can’t taste the spinach and the Green Monster keeps my hunger at bay until lunchtime! I suggest putting your oatmeal on the bottom with the milk so it gets a chance to soften. Smoothies are mix and match, so experiment and find a combination that tickles your taste buds.