Get Your Metabolism Going With This Breakfast Smoothie
- Prep time: 3-5 mins
- Blending time: 1-2 mins
- Eating time: 10-15 mins
Breakfast helps you kick-start your metabolism after a nice, long overnight rest. And you can start burning fat with the very first meal of the day. So it’s important to put the right ‘fuel’ into your body from the get go.
The traditional cereal, toast, fry up and OJ isn’t the right route to take if you want to beat the bulge. What we really need in the morning is a good mix of slow-release carbs, good-quality protein and healthy fats. Remember, we’re looking for a delicious meal that will leave us feeling satisfied until our mid-morning snack, not something that spikes blood sugar levels leaving us feeling sluggish and starving hungry by 10am!
So here’s an idea for something that ticks all the right boxes, our Mango, Cranberry and Almond Breakfast Smoothie…
- 120g chopped mango
- 120g frozen or fresh cranberries
- 140g natural yogurt (unsweetened)
- 12g raw almonds (ground or chopped would be better)
- 25g whey protein isolate
- 200ml water
- 1 tbs raw honey – OPTIONAL (personally I don’t use)
(Feel Free to adjust all of the above to taste)
Preparation couldn’t be easier – perfect for first thing in the morning. Just drop all of your ingredients into a blender and blitz away! I usually go for a medium speed setting on the blender, and keep it going for a good minute or two, stirring half way. You want to make sure you get rid of all of those almond chunks (won’t be a problem with the ground or chopped variety).
What Am I Eating?
Primarily I’ve chosen all of these ingredients because they’re delicious, and I enjoy eating them. But each one is great for me too! So here’s a little about each one…
Mango: Packed full of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and K) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc). They’re also rich in antioxidants, like betacarotene, quercetin and astragalin. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body that can lead to heart disease, cancer and more. Not to mention they taste amazing!
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Cranberries: Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, these little suckers are believed to help kill cancer cells. Like most other berries they’re sweet, helping satisfy cravings without spiking your blood sugar levels.
Natural Yogurt: I don’t eat much in the way of dairy because I’m mindful of the damage commercial pasteurization and homogenization do to its nutritional quality. However, I do enjoy natural yogurt with breakfast, and I think it adds a nice texture to the smoothie.
Of course it is high in calcium, which has multiple health benefits, and amino acids – the building blocks for protein (and muscle). Stick to an organic, unsweetened variety if you can.
Whey Protein: Vital for building lean muscle mass, which in turn is vital for building a strong and active metabolism. I usually only take whey protein straight after a workout, but in this case it adds a source of top quality protein to a meal where this might have been slightly lacking otherwise. And we want to fuel our muscles properly after a good sleep, don’t we?
Raw Almonds: Almonds are a fatty food, but we’re talking about healthy mono (like olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats here. They keep hunger at bay, and help you burn fat by avoiding inflammation in your body and preventing blood sugar spikes.
They’re also rich in iron, protein and fibre; two more hunger fighters. I’ve deliberately mentioned raw nuts here, as roasting will alter the chemical makeup of the polyunsaturated fat content.
Rolled Oats: Making up most of the ‘body’ of this smoothie, and for good reason, oats are a great source of soluble fibre. And because of this they release their energy slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer and maintaining a balance of healthy, fat burning hormones.
To top things off, oats can help reduce blood cholesterol and remove unhealthy fatty acids from your body. Even though they’re plain tasting (not in this case with the added fruit and nut content) you really must stay clear of the sweetened variety, which are pure junk!
So there you go! Great tasting, good for you and super easy to prepare (no cooking involved at all – perfect if you’re not a morning person, and I’m not).
Why not try this smoothie out the next time you fancy something different for breakfast, or create your own with your favorite healthy ingredients.
I think I’ll ease up on the cranberries next time because they overpower the flavor of the mango – which is my all-time favorite! Enjoy…