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Anytime I read an article titled “7 Easiest Ways to Lose 10 Pounds” or “The One Secret You Need to Know to Curb Cravings,” I get the same, unhelpful advice: eat breakfast. I rarely miss breakfast. I might go so far as to say I never miss breakfast. Although I know a lot of people skip breakfast, I can’t believe they do. Aren’t people hungry in the morning? Don’t they love eating as much as I do?
Although I always eat breakfast, I don’t always make good choices. My work provides breakfast every Monday morning, and it’s usually pastries or bagels. Although there’s always fruit on the side, it’s hard to pick the same tired mix of melon over a tasty Einstein’s everything bagel. And when I eat breakfast at home the rest of the week, I usually go straight for anything with carbs over something healthier such as fruit and yogurt.
Since December is an especially challenging month to balance everything and still squeeze in workouts and eating well, I am trying to start as many days at possible this month with a smoothie. I was really into smoothies this summer, but I got tired of drinking my breakfast all the time. After a few month hiatus, I’m ready to bring the smoothies back (plus I have tons of unused protein powder that isn’t doing me any good on the shelf). Smoothies are a great way to cram a lot of nutrients and deliciousness into one meal. Plus, they are super filling. If I just eat toast for breakfast, I’ll be hungry by 10 a.m. If I eat a smoothie, I won’t be hungry again until lunch.
I have a smoothie recipe book, but I don’t use it much. When I’m in a hurry getting ready for work, I usually just throw things into the blender. Proportions of ingredients are negligible. If it’s too thick, I’ll add water or milk until I have the right consistency. If it’s not thick enough, I’ll add more ice, fruit, or yogurt. Here are the ingredients I try to keep on hand to make smoothies:
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