I used to be a total oatmeal girl when it came to breakfast. If you’ve followed Garden of Vegan on tumblr for a long time you might remember that I truly ate oatmeal all the time, like pretty much every single day. While I still love oatmeal, for some reason I just don’t have much of an appetite first thing in the morning anymore. Since skipping breakfast is simply not an option for me (it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll be starving and grumpy 2 hours later) smoothies have become my everyday go-to breakfast. Smoothies are seriously the perfect early breakfast meal.
Not only have smoothies saved my breakfasts, they’ve also taken the place of my morning caffeine addiction. I used to drink 1-2 cups of coffee with my breakfast every morning. But now I’ve found that smoothies give me the same sort of boost that caffeine does, without any negative side effects. I absolutely love having a big green smoothie first thing in the morning, it makes me feel awake and energized for the day without the crash a couple of hours later. I mean, how can you not feel good after downing 2+ servings of fruits and vegetables before 10am? Not to mention the loads of wonderful nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Another awesome thing about smoothies – they don’t have to be all about fruits and vegetables. Adding other foods like nuts, seeds, and grains creates a smoothie that can hold it’s own as a meal and is truly satisfying. Pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts add a nice boost of protein and fat to this quick and healthy breakfast. Give it a try and see how you feel!
Almond milk: Unfortified almond milk is a good source of vitamin E & calcium, many varieties are often fortified with vitamins A, D, & B12, riboflavin, & zinc.
Banana: A great source of vitamin B6, bananas also contain moderate amounts of potassium, vitamin C, and manganese.
Mango: High in vitamin C & A and contains moderate amounts of vitamins E, K, B6 & B9 in addition to potassium and copper.
Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, Light Roast, K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig Brewers 24-Count, (Package may vary)
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