We’re told our whole lives that breakfast is a meal of singular importance. Sure, there are many of us who wouldn’t flinch at the idea of pledging to have breakfast. “I already eat breakfast every single day”, you protest, as you warm the tortillas for your breakfast burrito at the crack of dawn, but what about those of us who feel like we barely have enough time to get a comb through our hair before we’re out the door? Those of us who hear that resolution and think “every day? of the year?”
Well, unfortunately it’s a very relatable problem. It’s estimated that as many as 50% of Canadians skip the most important meal of the day! And by doing so, they’re missing out on the manifold benefits of fuelling up in the morning. Not only does a healthy breakfast lower blood pressure, it stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risks of heart disease. Skipping breakfast however can slow your metabolism, wreak havoc on your stress hormones, and affect your overall concentration and memory skills. How many of us get home from work and just want to crash from the frenzied momentum of the day? Odds are, your tank is running on empty, and that’s because you didn’t take the time to refuel your engine!
If you're one of those who have a hard time making time for breakfast, we've broken down the perfect balanced and nourishing smoothie into four simple steps:
1. Since your body needs hydration first thing in the morning, start with a liquid base like almond milk (homemade is best!), fruit juice or green tea (it's a good coffee substitute that goes well with fruits and vegetables).
2. Then add your choice of fruits and veggies for a smoothie that's rich in vitamins, fibre and healthy carbs! Add ripe avocado or banana to your smoothie for a creamy, dreamy result. We recommend cutting your bananas into pieces ahead of time and freezing them so they can be easily added to smoothies each morning. Unfortunately avocados don’t hold up to freezing quite as well.
3. Add a sweetener of your choice to the mix. Agave syrup, maple syrup and Medjool dates are all great options. You can also add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to trick the palate into thinking your foods taste sweeter than they actually are.
4. The last thing you'll want to do is add protein sources and / or superfoods. Protein and healthy fats, like those found in nut butters, chia seeds and hemp seeds will keep you feeling full until lunchtime! Other superfoods, like raw maca powder for a boost of energy, can come in and round out your smoothie.
When you make the resolution to eat breakfast every day, you're not just changing your habits - you're also changing your attitude. It's a nice way to learn to take some time for yourself in the morning, which you might not have been doing before. By taking the time to listen to your body and giving it what it needs, you put your own health and your well-being first. It's certainly the best thing you can do for yourself!
In order to help you not skip the most important meal of the day, we've created a beautiful smoothie chart alongside artist Laucolo that tells you exactly what your smoothie needs in order to be a full, nutritious meal in itself.
Here are some recipes that were inspired by our Smoothie Chart. See just how easy it is to develop this healthy habit!