Bananas: Great source of vitamins B6, C, Fiber and potassium.
Almond Milk: So many people don’t realize they actually have issues digesting dairy. Unsweetened almond milk is lower in calories than dairy milk, has WAY less sugar and has MORE calcium!
Spinach: The wonder food! Low in calories and high in vitamins: K, A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, B2, B6, E, C, calcium, potassium, fiber and MORE!
Berries: Low in calories, high in fiber and antioxidants. Berries are rich in vitamins and can boost your immune system, provide more fiber than a bran muffin and may protect you from diseases.
Chia Seeds: Low in calories, high in nutrients. Chia provides fiber, protein, healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, zinc and more. Loaded with antioxidants and can help lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
I made the “Berry Banana” smoothie and the “Chocolate Almond” (previous post) for co-workers last week. We had a breakfast before school and another teacher and I brought in our blenders and were “smoothie baristas” for the morning. 🙂
I wanted to show my co-workers that most of these are “pantry” ingredients that I keep around all the time. Whenever I have bananas that are on the verge of going bad, I peel them, slice them and stick them in baggies for the freezer. Then they are always around for a smoothie.
I buy my raw almonds in bulk at the grocery store. We also have a new local market that just opened up and it’s awesome! Lots of organic produce, non-dairy options (yay!), grind your own nut butter (!) and more! Oh yeah, someone making fresh sushi all day long. I’ve taken advantage of that a few times already. :)
To save time, I’ll make a huge batch of smoothies and save them in mason jars. Then breakfast is ready! You can also add a little protein powder and have a yummy treat after a hard workout! This comes in handy when I teach late night classes and I don’t feel like eating a meal at night.