Are you busy at work, busy with the kids, busy with life... Now only if you just had the energy to stay on top of it all. It can be hard to keep up with all that's going on in our lives and maintain good nutrition at this time. After all, do you really want to fix and eat a well-balanced, nutritious breakfast when there's a whole day of activity ahead of you and you're already feeling left behind?
One way to fuel your body quickly and easily for the busy day ahead is by starting your day off with a smoothie. Throw a few ingredients into the blender, give them a whirl, and you're off to a great start on your day with this all-in-one meal in a cup. You can even take your breakfast with you as you zoom off! Smoothies are also a great afternoon pick-me-up to refuel you for the rest of your day. Add a scoop of VegEssential to your smoothie for even more nutrient density; one scoop is the equivalent of 6-8 servings of fresh vegetables!
To get you started off on your summer smoothie routine, we've rounded up a couple of easy, great tasting smoothie recipes. The first one is a Creamicle Breakfast Smoothie from EatingWell.com. This electrolyte-packed smoothie tastes just like the iconic frozen summer treat!
1 cup cold pure coconut water, without added sugar or flavor
1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks
3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cups ice
Blend coconut water, yogurt, mango, orange juice concentrate and ice in a blender until smooth. Add a scoop of our VegEssential; Vanilla for an even more delicious (and nutritious!) start to your day.
This next smoothie may well be the first one ever made, since it's been around forever. That's a clue to how quick, easy and delicious it is!
5 or 6 strawberries, hulled
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 cup milk or yogurt
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add a scoop of VegEssential Natural Berry; for even more of that great summer berry flavour along with the extra nutrition your busy body needs!