Good Morning! Wait what time is it? I slept in again! I really needed that extra sleep, but I’ve got a busy day ahead and I need to get moving. Has this happened to you? It has for me, especially now that our schedules don’t have specific waypoints: daily commutes, dropping the kids off at school, the weekly morning meeting in the conference room, etc.
When Are You Going to Find Time for Breakfast?
You’re enjoying the freedom (and extra sleep – you deserve it!), but seriously, you have a busy day planned. You want to get in a morning workout, your kids need to be up and online for their virtual classes in an hour and then you have a Zoom call at 9 am. I’ve got the perfect solution!
The Best Post-Workout Breakfast Smoothie Ever
My favorite go-to breakfast when I am short on time after a morning workout (which seems to be very often), is the Post Workout Blueberry Explosion Breakfast Smoothie.
This simple blended creation starts with a base of frozen fruits and greens, is boosted with silky Greek yogurt and protein powder, and then pulled together with creamy coconut milk. When blended up, the blueberries explode (safely!) in the blender giving the smoothie a vibrant purple and blue color.
Breakfast Smoothies Are the Perfect Nutrition Delivery System
Smoothies are great because they ensure that you get a delicious breakfast and a balanced ratio of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. And the beauty; no cooking, no extended cleanup, and you have a meal to go in a matter of seconds!
So, the next time you are short on time, grab your blender and start mixing any creative combination that you can dream of. The possibilities are endless!
- The Tools – using the right blender is important to ensure a smooth outcome (pun intended). Blenders such as the NutriBullet start at $50 or you could step up to the Vitamix for $350. I know they’re not cheap but think of it as an investment. My Vitamix has been going strong now for 10 years (and my weekly per blend cost is $0.65 – a great value!)
- Building Layers – always start by adding the frozen and most dense ingredients closest to the blending blades and allow a little liquid to reach the bottom to start the blending process.
- Working with Protein Powder – I like to whisk my protein powder with a little liquid in a separate bowl before adding it to the blender. This prevents clumpiness and allows the nutrient-dense protein powder to distribute evenly through the smoothie during the blending process.
Post-Workout Blueberry Explosion Breakfast Smoothie
- 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup frozen peaches
- 1/4 cup frozen mango
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup lite coconut milk
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder or substitute with the protein powder of your choice
- Add all of the frozen fruit, greens, and banana into the blender.
- Next, add in the Greek yogurt and coconut milk.
- Whisk the protein powder with a little water in a separate bowl until smooth and then add to the blender.
- Start the blending process on high for 10 seconds (until the frozen fruit has been chopped up) and then turn down to medium for 20 seconds (or until the desired consistency).
- If using a Vita-Mix, run the frozen blending sequence for the perfect consistency.
- Calories – 570 Calories
- Protein – 49 grams
- Carbohydrates – 67 grams
- Fat – 15 grams
- Nutrition Note – this meal was specifically designed and developed to promote a healthy weight with balanced macronutrients (33% protein, 45% carbs and 22% fat)