Blender Smoothies to Jumpstart Your Day
We have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Nevertheless, it is also the meal that we oftentimes skip because we are too much in a hurry to leave for work, or we simply don’t have the appetite to eat in the morning. Most of us may not be aware of it but we forgo a lot of benefits when we skip it. According to research, adults who eat breakfast are more likely to eat healthy food, eat less fat and cholesterol, be more productive, control their weight, and have lower cholesterol. In a similar way, children need to eat breakfast as well. According to research, children who eat breakfasts have better concentration, problem solving skills and hand-eye coordination. Another drawback of missing breakfast is a slower metabolism during the day. This is the reason why losing weight is more difficult when breakfast is missed.
What constitutes a healthy breakfast? The first meal of the day should contain whole grains, low-fat protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables. These foods provide complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a small amount of fats that not only provides energy to start the day but keeps you feeling full.
However beneficial a good breakfast may be, it is not easy have. The primary reason is the hectic lifestyle that most of us live in. There simply is no time to make it. This is where knowing how to make blender smoothies become very useful. Smoothies contain all the nutrients of a good breakfast and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. To make preparation time speedier, the ingredients can be collected the night before so the only thing left to do in the morning is putting everything in the blender.
Typical blender smoothies that meet all of the nutritional requirements needs the following: low fat milk, bananas, berries, low fat yogurt and fiber mix. All these are mixed into a blender and breakfast is ready in a matter of seconds. How much of an ingredient to put into the smoothie depends on taste. If fresh fruit is difficult to come by, frozen fruit is a good option. Some even prefer frozen fruits because they taste better. There are even nutritionists who believe that flash frozen fruits retain more vitamins than the fresh ones. Moreover, frozen fruits cost less. Substitution of the suggested ingredients is certainly allowed. Other fruit combinations can be made. Instead of milk, soy milk or fruit juice can be used instead. For a high-protein drink, protein powder can be incorporated into the blender smoothies. Adding nuts and oats will slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and ensure that energy levels will be maintained for longer periods.
Every single day, we need energy to be able to do what needs to be done and do it well. One way of making sure this happens is starting the day right with one or two glasses of blender smoothies for breakfast.