I hope that everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I stayed in Michigan and spent the day by myself, but got in a great run, went to a special yoga class after, and then made myself a delicious meal. I spoke with my family and decorated my apartment for Christmas; I really have no complaints.
Anyway, as the weather cools down, I think we all find ourselves reaching for warmer and more comforting foods, right? The last few weeks my lunches at work have been some sort of chili or soup, instead of my usual salads. But despite that change, I have to admit that I really don’t change my breakfast. I may have the occasional oatmeal or other breakfast, but regardless of the season and the temperature outside, I still find myself grabbing the same breakfast: a smoothie.
I get that may seem crazy or a little weird to grab for a cold, even frozen breakfast when the temperature outside is so cold, so I wanted to answer the question, why I drink smoothies year-round:
You can pack them full of nutrients.
Seriously, it’s as simple as that. Now, let’s start by saying that if you’re adding ice cream or some seriously processed crap to your smoothie, well, it’s going to be just that – crap. But there are so many great options out there that you can add to your morning smoothie to give it a real burst of nutrition and help keep you energized all day long.
With that said, I’ve been adding a new superfood to my smoothies lately, Equilibrium Energy Superfood from Honey Colony. According to their website:
At the core of this superfood is raw honey. From there, 11 other superfoods are added—each one organic or wildcrafted, potent, and boasting its own numerous health benefits. Combined, these 12 ingredients bring harmony to a life filled with stress, toxins, and negative energy.
Some of these other superfoods include, active natural prebiotics, blue algae, ginger, turmeric, and bee pollen, among others.
While you can take a spoonful on it’s own first thing in the morning (this is actually recommended), I prefer to take blended into my post-workout smoothie, like Saturday’s Peppermint Mocha Protein-Packed Energy-Filled Smoothie.
- 1 cup almond milk
- Splash-¼ cup leftover coffee
- 1 scoop vanilla protien
- 1 tsp maca powder (you can skip this, if you’d like. I like the added nutrients though)
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp Honey Colony Equilibrium Energy Superfood
- ½ banana (fresh or frozen)
- 2 ice cubes (skip if using frozen bananas)
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract (if using oils, make sure you’re using a super clean and safe to ingest oil, I use this brand)
Blend all ingredients together until smooth, add a straw and enjoy! 🙂
Now, I will admit that I usually drink my smoothies under a blanket when the weather cools down because I do get cold, while also remembering to sip slowly and just take my time. With the opportunity to pack so much into your smoothie, I just love that it means I can start my day with lots of nutrients and energy!
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How did you spend Thanksgiving weekend? Did you do any Black Friday shopping?
Are you a morning smoothie fan? Do you drink them year-round?
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