Breakfast on the run

I eat on the run...I'll admit it. I work mornings and have 3 kids to get out the door and well, let's face it: I'm not a morning person as it is. But I love breakfast. Nevermind the whole "it's the most important meal of the day" thing....I just love breakfast. I love breakfast foods as a whole, I love starting my day out with something yummy, I love not having my stomach growl 2 hours into my workday - I love breakfast. My friend Maria introduced me to these great smoothies with a little bit "extra" in them so I'm still making them on a regular basis.

Smoothie: Handful of strawberries (I often use frozen b/c they're rarely in season here)
1 banana
handful of spinach - yep....good old green leafy spinach
1 large dollop of strawberry yogurt
enough milk to make it the right consistency for you
Blend, and drink.
You really can't taste the spinach - it looks a little green-ish but it tastes like strawberry/banana.

If something else happens to be in season - I substitute...peaches, pears, mango, other flavours of yogurt. I tried it with lettuce one day instead of spinach but that wasn't my thing. Sorry lettuce....just not the same. I love that I can throw this together while I'm making lunches anyway, saving myself a whole lot of time. My friend Nicole (who is my healthy-eating/weightloss idol (small i)) suggested I add whey protein powder to this.....haven't looked for it yet but there's enough healthfood stores in town I'm sure it's around.

The other breakfast that I've been eating.....and seriously - don't laugh until you've tried it - is an apple, and a spoonful of peanut butter. I raised my eyebrows when I first heard about it too but man....that simple breakfast keeps me from being hungry till long after I'm home for lunch at 1:00ish. The first time I tried it, I was walking home from work thinking....why am I not hungry...did I snack in the staff room and not remember it?? Hmmm. My kids laugh when I eat straight out of the peanut butter jar but works for me.
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Sarah Hodgkinson said...

See, Dude, this is exactly why we get along so well. I have a smoothie every morning that I teach. 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 banana, 1 cup 1% milk, 2 tbsp. ground flax seed and 1 tbsp. wheat germ. Boo-yah! That sucker will keep you full until at least noon.
Love the blender. Need a new one. Our old one doesn't match our new kitchen.
Hey, you planning on summer CHA in Chicago? Let me know...

Monica said...

I love my smoothies too. Exactly the way you make them ... I just add water instead of milk. I've heard celery is a really good 'green' in a smoothie. Haven't tried it yet, though.

I'm also an 'apples with pb' girl. Love that. I especially like it with choc. chips. :)