I love having breakfast, but when I’m on the run and have no time to eat my beloved egg and toast breakfast at home, I’ll go for breakfast smoothie, chia seed pudding or oatmeal. Something easy and portable, just a little something to keep me away from being grumpy until I have time to grab proper breakfast. I love making smoothie, and even more when yen weather starts getting warm. I welcome every opportunity to make smoothie and lately that’s what I had been doing. Even if I have time to have proper sit down breakfast, I try to squeeze in small amount of smoothie for breakfast, it’s a great way to drink up the fruits all in one glass.
Today I made what I call my Bapple Orange Smoothie, which is basically just a combination of banana, apple, orange and strawberry. No sugar added, and no ice too. Since this is a breakfast smoothie, I did not add any ice and did not even use frozen fruits. Just plain puréed fresh fruits, that’s all. Making smoothie is so easy an flexible. I guess the trick is to combine fruits that work well together. If you are going to a route of a smooth smoothie, try to add smooth texture vegetable, the likes of banana, avocado, mango. I you are going to the route of a liquidy smoothie then use fruits that have plenty of water, the likes of pineapple, orange, apple, berries even vegetables like carrot or beets. Now when you want to be in between, then use a combination of watery fruit and smooth fruit.
Do’s and Don’t of Making Breakfast Smoothie
Breakfast smoothie are great grab and go quick breakfast option, until you get the chance to sit down and eat proper breakfast. It can be as delicious and nutritious as any solid breakfast food, but it is also easy to sabotage it and turn it into a high calorie sugar loaded breakfast drink. To avoid getting to that route, here are some tips to get a delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie. After all, what is the point of having a breakfast smoothie when what you are getting is a high sugar loaded breakfast drink?
Measure it out
It is so easy to get carried away and just throw everything in the blender, right? I’m guilty of that too. But although that is probably the fastest and easiest way to make smoothie, that could also be dangerous as you might end up with a breakfast drink that has more calories and even less healthy than a normal solid breakfast. Measuring the ingredients also give you a consistent and delicious and most of all nutritious smoothie.
DON’T: Throw everything into the blender.
DO: Measure your ingredients. Best way and efficient way to do this to have them in packs and keep it in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to use. This way, you only must measure the liquid and sweetener when you out it in the blender.
Think about liquid
There are variety of choices when it comes to the kind of liquid that you can use for smoothie. The addition of liquid is very important in making smoothie as it helps blend the ingredients easily. If you care about drinking a healthier smoothie that is not loaded with sugar, then use low calorie, reduced sugar or sugar free liquid. Fruit juices are usually high in sugar, unless you can find sugar free one.
DON’T: Add fruit juice.
DO: Use Greek yogurt or coconut milk or almond milk or even coconut water
Play with protein
Looking for ways to get more protein in your smoothie? Although there are tons of protein powder available for smoothie, using an ingredient with natural protein is still the best way to go. I do not have anything against protein powder, but for me natural is always the best way if you can go that way. Aim for a protein intake in your breakfast smoothie of about 15 to 30 grams, depending on your size and activity level.
DON’T: Pour in protein powder.
DO: Try nut butters, flax seeds, or tofu.
Too much fruit
If you are drinking smoothie for a healthy option snack or meal, do not go overboard with using too much fruit. Use a balance choice of fruits, about 1.5 cups of fruit per smoothie. And go for options that are high in fiber and antioxidants, such as berries rather than fruits that are high in sugar.
DON’T: Use less high sugar fruits
DO: Use high fiber and antioxidants fruits
Feeling like going green? If you are one of those people who like green smoothie, then go for it. But since green leafy vegetables tend to be bitter, try to use a milder green leafy vegetable and a mix of different others. Kale is not the only one that you can use, using a stronger green vegetable will most likely drive you to add more sweetener to remove the bitter taste. mix and match, and do not be restricted to one type of vegetable.
DON’T: Reach straight for kale.
DO: Start with spinach.
This post is NOT to encourage anyone to make smoothie as meal replacement. Make and drink your smoothie according to your preference and health condition.
How does it taste?
Let’s first talk about texture. The texture and consistency of this smoothie is not as smooth and not too thick as iced smoothie. Since this is a breakfast smoothie, I did not use frozen fruits which makes the consistency liquidy. The prominent taste of the smoothie is that of the Orange, it’s very subtle but you can tell that there is Orange here, followed by the banana taste. The apple taste was subtle, and the Strawberry is the least that I can taste since I only added 2 pieces. The Strawberry provided a more appealing look as it adds a tint of reddish color. I intentionally did not add too much Strawberry as I do not want it to over power the other ingredients. Strawberry and Blueberry has that effect, they tend to stand out when used in large portion because of their vibrant color. Although there’s no additional sweetener in this smoothie, the natural sweetness of the fruits were enough to hold it together. I can taste the natural sweetness, and I can feel how filling this is. It’s just like eating all this fruits but in liquid form. I kind o like it, portable, grab and go until I had time to eat proper breakfast.
- 1/2 cup Coconut Water
- 1/2 medium size Apple (I used Fuji Apple)
- 1 medium Banana
- 1/2 medium Orange – peeled
Put all the ingredients in the blender, make sure to add the coconut water first followed by any of the other fruits. Blend until smooth.
Makes 2 cups
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