Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with the US Highbush Blueberry Council. Thank you for supporting the work we do here at Food Heaven Made Easy!
Does the thought of making breakfast every morning stress you out? Well, it shouldn’t.
Here’s what breakfast should be: the absolute easiest meal of the day. Hands down.
If it’s not, you may be going about it all wrong.
The reason we ask these questions is because about half of our patients report skipping breakfast most mornings. That means they aren’t having their first food contact until lunch, which can lead to overeating due to dropped blood sugar levels. Most people get that breakfast is important, but they still don’t make it happen. When we ask them why, they usually report that they “just don’t have the time.” And that’s typically because their idea of a healthy breakfast means a big ordeal.
But we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be.
This balanced blueberry breakfast smoothie hits all of the major food groups (carbs, fat, protein), and can be whipped up in less time that it takes you to check IG before you get out of bed. Most importantly, it’s SATISFYING and FILLING. We guarantee you’ll stay full for hours on this one.
This brekky will also count as one of your vegetable servings for the day (thanks to the nutrient powerhouse that is spinach) and almost two servings of fruit (hello banana and blueberries). In case you missed it, we teamed up with the US Highbush Blueberry Council to bring you a series of mouthwatering recipes featuring this little blue dynamo. We’re fans of this nutrition powerhouse because just one cup of fresh blueberries provides four essential nutrients: vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K and manganese, and phytonutrients called polyphenols. This group includes anthocyanins (163.3 mg/100 g), which are compounds that give blueberries their blue color.
In addition to blueberries, we made sure to add peanut butter to the mix. Two tablespoons of peanut butter contain 14% of your vitamin E needs for the day, plus 21% of your niacin, 9% of your vitamin B6 and 6% of your potassium and zinc. It’s also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids —the good fats that play a role in keeping your heart healthy.
The beauty of this recipe, is that you can drink it on the go. I like to add it to my protein shake bottle, pop the lid and drink on my way to work. Are you excited to give this recipe a try? Good, because it’s easy AF. All you do is toss the ingredients into a blender and press go. Start with 1 cup of coconut milk and add more as needed (depending on the blender, you may need additional liquid for it to blend smoothly).
What about you? Do you eat breakfast most mornings? If not what gets in the way? Would you be willing to give a simple recipe like this a try? Let us know in the comments below!
- 1 cup of U.S. Highbush Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1-2 cups of unsweetened coconut milk (If you choose to skip the protein powder, we recommend using soy milk for added protein)
- ½ banana
- 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- OPTIONAL: 1-2 scoops of protein powder
- OPTIONAL: Ice (as needed for desired consistency)
- Add everything to a blender and press go!
- Start with 1 cup of coconut or soy milk and add more as needed (depending on the blender, you may need the additional liquid for it to blend smoothly).
- Enjoy at home or add to a protein bottle and drink on your way to work!