I'm happy. I'm feeling better.
I've eliminated morning breakfast sandwiches and stopping at Panera or Starbucks for a scone and a coffee. Well, let's be honest. It was never just "coffee," but almost always some form of chocolate/peppermint/pumpkin spice/blah blah blah. So much useless sugar. So likely to lead to a crash later in the day. I'm not starving at my desk at 10:30.
Of course, my decision to try going to smoothies came from seeing so many recipes on Pinterest! Specifically a pin that took me to this page: How To Make a Smoothie on superskinnyme.com
Totally easy, right? All you need is a blender and stuff. Most stuff you probably buy at the grocery store anyway. Or, if you aren't buying it, you should be!
Each morning, I load up my blender and make my own smoothie, which goes in my Super Special Smoothie Cup, and I drink it on my drive to work. This is one of my go to simple smoothies.
1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
8 oz. 100% apple juice
1/2 cup HEB frozen Papaya, Mango, and Strawberries
1/4 cup Bulgarian or Greek Yogurt
ground flax seed
sprinkle of cinnamon or a smidgen of local honey
You can also add in some spinach, but I found that I'm not going through spinach fast enough and it goes bad before I can eat it.
Here's the trick. Blend in sections unless you have a Nutribullet or something similar. I have a pretty basic Oster blender.
1. Combine raw rolled oats, apple juice, and flax seed. Liquify it!
2. Add banana, frozen fruits, yogurt, and cinnamon/honey. Grind it until smooth. I normally pulse a little bit on liquify as well.
What I learned very quickly is that throwing everything in the blender at once doesn't get your oatmeal broken down and leaves you with a really lumpy smoothie. The whole point of a smoothie is that it's smooth, amirite?
There is a lot you can do with a smoothie. With frozen fruits and berries readily available at your grocery store, it's super easy. And it can be cheap. The bags of papaya, mango, and strawberries I bought at my local HEB (a Texas grocery store) were $1.38/each. A buck and change! Bonus is that you can also thaw it and mix it with yogurt for a nice treat. Make sure that you are buying JUST the frozen fruit, not fruit in sugar or syrup.
Have a great one!