For busy new moms, smoothies are one of the best breakfast ideas. They’re the ultimate “fast food”—easy, portable and packed with nutrition to keep you going all day long.
Like a lot of moms, I’m always on the hunt for fast, healthy food recipes that incorporate superfoods without tasting like they include superfoods. I know I should be eating dark, leafy greens often, but a plateful of kale? Hard pass.
That’s why super smoothies are a life-saver for me, especially when I’m rushing around half-asleep in the morning. They’re convenient, packed with raw, whole-food nutrition and—when done right—healthy smoothies are downright delicious. I’ve found the benefits include extra energy, boosted immunity and sharper mental focus. (I remember the foggy-brain days when my son was a newborn and wish I’d known about green smoothies then!) Bonus: my son loves them, too, and he has fun coming up with different combos of fruits and veggies, so it’s an easy way to make sure he’s getting his 5 to 10 a day.
With fresh fruits and vegetables coming into season, now is the perfect time to make super smoothies part of your day, if you haven’t already. They’re ideal for breakfast on-the-go when summer weather is calling you to get outside. You’ll find the ingredients you need to make your perfect smoothie by shopping at Walmart—in store and online. Simply blend, fill a reusable beverage storage container (an insulated tumbler will help keep your smoothie cold), grab your best sunscreen and your best sunscreen for baby, and you’re good to go!
A few years ago, green smoothies became my go-to morning meal, so I bought myself the best blender I could find. I went all out and bought a full-size blender with loads of power. The only downside to using a full-size blender was that I always made more smoothie than I needed. I would end up drinking it for breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner. Trust me; you can have too much of a good thing. So, last Boxing Week, I bought myself this smoothie blender by Magic Bullet on a whim. Although it’s not as powerful as my full-size blender, a personal blender makes just the right amount, it’s easy enough to clean, and the canister doubles as a grab-n-go glass. It can also be used to make a mean skinny margarita!
This 600W Smoothie Blender by Magic Bullet is designed to help extract nutrition from within whole foods. It helps provide an easier, tastier, absorbable way to consume superfoods. It is engineered with a 600-watt motor and has a patented blade design that offers cyclonic action.
This recipe from Simple Green Smoothies ticks those boxes and includes some tips for substituting ingredients to suit your taste. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations of ingredients for smoothies—keep this ratio in mind: 1 unit of greens to 1 unit of liquid to 1.5 units of fruit. Blend the greens and liquid first to make sure there are no chunks, and then add the rest of the ingredients before blending again.
Instead of ice cubes, toss in a handful or two of frozen fruit to sweeten and chill green smoothies. I like this Organic Berry Blend by Great Value. Berries are packed with antioxidants, they’re low on the Glycemic Index and they’re just the right size for most blenders to handle, even when they’re frozen.
A couple of other tips can help make green smoothies even more convenient for breakfast:
- Keep a bag of chopped, frozen greens like kale or spinach in the freezer so you can grab a handful as needed. You’ll waste a lot less than buying it fresh and keeping it in the fridge.
- Fill large freezer bags with a smoothie’s worth of chopped fruits and veggies and store them in the freezer. Grab a pack in the morning, add water or juice, and blend.
You may find that the smoothie is sweet enough from the fruit, but a dash of high-quality honey like this one by Labonté can add antioxidants and other proven health benefits as outlined in this article on CNN. Note that Health Canada warns children under the age of one should avoid honey.
Besides adding flaxseed meal, there are lots of other ways to boost your smoothie’s nutrition. Add a scoop of protein powder or superfoods like chia seeds, hemp hearts, or spirulina powder. I usually mix it up so that I get a boost of something different every day. If you’re breastfeeding, check with your doctor before adding any of these extras, to be sure that they’re safe for your baby.
Adding a supplement like this powder from Country Farms can take your smoothie to the next level. It contains a mix of 50 superfood concentrates, including high-quality natural greens, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and superfoods to help deliver essential nutritional elements for your body’s health and well-being.
Starting your day with a healthy smoothie can help boost your energy, mood and nutrition. As a meal or snack, super smoothies fit easily into Canada’s food guide. The key to keeping smoothies healthy and filling is to pack them with fibre while limiting the calories they contain from sugar and fat. This list of tips from Global News can help you avoid sabotaging the benefits of your breakfast smoothie.