When I was working my office job, I always needed a portable breakfast that I would eat once I got to the office. I wasn’t quite hungry enough for a full breakfast early in the morning so I usually only ate a piece of fruit or a few bites from my kids’ leftover oatmeal. Guilty. Yes, I know. Sit down for your meals, don’t eat at the sink while yelling out, “please put your shoes on. NOW!” You probaby know how mornings go, and because of that we need a great start in the day with loads of useful nutrients that will power us up for several hours.
On some days I’d make a smoothie to sip on. “Sip” being the key word here. Sip, don’t chug. Even though this food has been through the blender, it is still food and you’re actually better off “chewing” it. I know that sounds weird and whaaaat??? So hear me out: Sipping your liquid foods slowly and sloshing them around in mouth a little before swallowing makes them mix better with your saliva. And your saliva is step #1 in digesting your food properly. It has digestive enzymes that start breaking down foods, so your stomach doesn’t have to do so much work. In turn this helps you get more nutrients out of your food, makes you feel better, slows down your eating, and can therefore help you lose weight. It’s like a win-win-win-win situation.
This one is a fall/winter favorite but you can totally change things up according to season: just swap the pear for berries in the summer. Play around with the spices. If you don’t like cinnamon, try ginger. If you’re allergic to nuts, use coconut- or rice milk and leave out the almond butter.
Oh, yes, the egg question. I often throw in a raw egg in my smoothies. You can’t taste it at all. In fact, it makes the smoothie creamy and frothy. But you have to drink it right away or store in the fridge. Don’t leave this sitting on your desk for 3 hours and then come complaining that I gave you food poisoning. I hereby warned you. Of course if you prefer to not use raw egg, you can replace that protein boost (6 grams) with 3 tablespoons of raw, shelled hempseed.