You wake up to the alarm going off, you look at the clock and sigh. You have to be dressed, fed and out of the house in 30 minutes. Well, you can’t exactly leave the house in your pajamas, so getting dressed is a priority. You can’t arrive late into work either, so something has got to give? Most of us will sacrifice eating a proper breakfast because it can take too much time to prepare, cook and eat. So what we are all guilty of is eating on the go, grabbing something quick and easy like a breakfast bar or a quick bowl of cereal. Lots of carbohydrates and sugars leaving you with a blood sugar high opening the door for a blood sugar crash in, oh let’s say three hours time.
Okay, now that you have that scenario painted in your minds eye you are probably asking, “What is the alternative? Get up earlier or prepare breakfast the night before?” Let us examine those two options. One, get up earlier. A noble ideal and not one that everyone can put into practice. But if you can rise that bit earlier from your slumber, great it will allow you to prepare a proper, filling breakfast. And once you get the fine art of whipping up a tasty omelette down its pretty quick – more on that in another post. Two, prepare breakfast the night before. Also a good plan, plan been the operative word as that is exactly what you will need to do. This requires some time and foresight.
Great, you are now back to square one. Having something on the go, something you know is going to end up pushing your carbohydrate intake up, something that is going to spike your blood sugar levels up also. But don’t despair, for here is a valid and acceptable solution. A way in which you can have a quick breakfast without having to awake at silly o’clock or have prepared a feast the previous evening. A quick and easy breakfast solution is to have a smoothie. Yes, a smoothie. Most modern kitchens have a food processor or blender and if yours doesn’t then head to your local electronics store and purchase one as they are an invaluable tool that no kitchen should be without.
Here we go then, a recipe for a breakfast smoothie that will not only be delicious and satisfying but will also keep your blood sugars at a sustainable level and in turn keep you full until your mid morning snack which we will cover in a future blog. Here is one (of many) recipes for a quick, easy and tasty breakfast smoothie.
Ingredients – per 1 serving
- ice (4 cubes)
- soya milk (40 ml)
- almond butter (1 tsp)
- strawberries (half dozen)
- protein powder (of choice 10 ml)
- vanilla essence (1 tsp)
- fresh cream (2 tbsp)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender/mixer and mix until smooth. Serve in glass of your choice and let your day begin on a full and satisfied stomach. Preparation time approx. 5 minutes. Time in blender, 2 – 3 minutes. Total time 7 – 8 minutes. The first time you make this smoothie, it might take you 10 minutes. Still, while the blender is whirring away in the background you can be up stairs shaving, tying your tie, polishing your shoes or any number of tasks that can be completed in 3 minutes.
As an alternative to strawberries, why not try blueberries or raspberries. BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ……”Is it time to get up again!”