Well, I certainly like my eggs in the morning. And even the occasional bowl of oats with lots of peanut butter. And bacon. Always bacon. Smoothies though? It’s complicated. I’ve had a weird relationship with breakfast smoothies for as long as I can remember. I know they’re supposed to be this poster child for an uber healthy breakfast, I know they taste like heaven [hello Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie] and they seem like the perfect on the go solution to breakfast. But I’m starving by 10 AM. General rule of thumb: if you’re starving by 10 AM, your breakfast sucked.
So here’s my super scientific analysis of the situation -smoothies are generally fruit based. Fruit consists of quick burning carbs. Quick burning carbs burn quickly and make you hungry. Science. Let’s review the anatomy of a balanced meal: carbs for energy + protein for satiety and metabolism support + fat for satiety, brain power, and blood sugar balance + fiber to slow down carbohydrate absorption and keep us full til the next meal. Learn more about PHFF here.
I’m conscious all day about my meal choices, cuz I prefer to feel awesome. I’m always checking with myself to be sure I’m incorporating all 4 components of a balanced meal every time I eat. But I’m especially careful in the morning to be sure my breakfast is extra balanced to keep my blood sugar steady all morning. I usually have no time for midmorning snacks and I need serious energy to get to lunch because like most of my readers, I’m go go go all morning.
Anyways, back to smoothie makin’. I recently experimented with a *perfectly* balanced smoothie [I even entered the ingredients into My Fitness Pal to be sure I was hittin’ them macros] and ya know what? I wasn’t hungry until lunch. Imagine that. I followed my own advice and found success. Let this be a lesson to all those who surround me and take orders advice from me. So here you go!
The anatomy of a perfect breakfast smoothie
2 servings of fat [20 grams] like a handful of nuts, a couple tablespoons of nut butter, 1/2 cup full fat coconut cream or a small avocado
1 serving of carbohydrate like 1/2 banana, 1 apple, 3/4 cup berries, 1 c kale
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