Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Breakfast in a Glass

What do you eat for breakfast? Well, it's not always easy to find time to prepare and eat breakfast in today's fast-paced society. You eat on the run, you eat in the car, you eat everywhere except sitting down. When you don't have the time to sit down and eat a good breakfast, then smoothies can be one of the things that you can include in your lifestyle. Smoothies are a great introduction to healthy eating. All you have to do is toss together all the ingredients in a blender and blend.

The good thing about living in a tropical country is that I could drink smoothie almost anytime of the year, even in November. But if you live where winter exists, then drinking smoothie is not a good idea. But you can still make a smoothie made with fall fruits. For some people, they can tolerate iced-cold smoothies but for those with weak digestive system, smoothies made with chilled fruits are better.

To make a smoothie, you need a good blender, some fresh and/or frozen fruits, your imagination and a little bit of your time. Once you’ve tried a few recipes, you can experiment on your own. Just taste as you go because ingredients have different levels of sweetness. For instance, some pineapples are too acidic while others have the right amount of sweetness and tartness.

To transform your fruit smoothie into a powerhouse breakfast, even a simple lunch or a snack, you can add a few more ingredients. Smoothies are a great vehicle for many food supplements, such as bee pollen, lecithin, granules, hemp protein, green super-food like blue green-algae or spirulina and ground or soaked seeds. Green leafy vegetables can also be added for a green smoothie. You can also add a liquid base to make your smoothies thinner such as coconut juice, orange juice, apple juice, and nut or grain milk. Dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and dates that have been soaked overnight are also a great addition. For thicker and full-bodied smoothies, just use less liquid and add some yogurt, tofu, peanut/nut butter or tahini paste. You can make them like dreamsicles or ice-cream shake quality.

Because of its smooth, silky and creamy texture, smoothies, just like soups are great for people who have cancer, those who have gone through root canal or dental implant and even for those who have temporomandibular joint disorder.

There's no more excuse for skipping breakfast. Smoothies are easy to make, they fill you up, easy to digest and they taste delicious. So get your blender, start blending and reap the benefits.


  1. Wow! So gorgeous! If that doesn't inspire someone to eat better than nothing will.

    Really nice job, thanks!

  2. I like the way you show how to use a variety of ingredients for texture, protein, etc. For someone like myself who is on the cusp of being diebetic, I cannot eat fruit on its own, so adding protein powder and yoghurt is a must. I love blueberries and banana in my smoothies. I top with ground flax seed and a few toasted almonds with a hit of ground granola to give texture as you said.

    Thnx for all your tips. Give my regards to Chip and Dale, ha, ha.

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