A nutritional shake is a great alternative to a big breakfast meal in the morning. Many of us are far too rushed in the morning to spend too much time preparing meals in the kitchen. Some of us skip breakfast altogether because of this rush. Now, skipping the most important meal of the day can have a variety of consequences for an individual’s physical and mental health. Failing to eat breakfast can make you groggy, tired, and fatigued until your next meal. Some studies even suggest that skipping breakfast can directly contribute to obesity within adults. If you don’t have the time to make yourself a proper breakfast in the morning, make yourself a shake instead. Mentioned below are a few tips you can use build yourself a hearty and nutritious breakfast shake before that early morning commute.
Adding the right ingredients to your breakfast shake can bring with it a ton of nutritional value. Adding certain fruits and vegetables can add an extra boost of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins to keep you energized throughout your day. Make sure to measure your ingredients appropriately though, and make sure your shake is strategically built to help you address a specific need. As a base liquid for your shake, make sure to add water, or coconut or almond milk. Do not add sugary fruit drinks into your shake, as it will add loads of necessary sugars that will undermine the nutritional value of your drink.
Another good base to add to your smoothie is low fat greek yogurt. Not only does it add a much-needed creamy texture to your drink, it also adds a boost of protein to your daily nutritional value. Also unless you’re bulking up, don’t put protein powder into your shake. Instead if you’re looking for another source of nutritional protein into your diet, add flax seeds, or nut butters.
Greens are a necessary component to any nutritional shake, however you should stick to ingredients you know when you’re first starting out. If you’re not accustomed to the texture and taste of juiced greens, Grace Elkus of CookingLight suggests starting with spinach. Eventually, you can add more bitter greens to ensure a healthy blend. Avocados are also a great ingredient to add to any shake. Avocados and Oatmeal are both great sources of healthy calories and fiber. Both ingredients can add just the right amount of heartiness to turn your shake into a true meal. Of course, fruits and berries will add a great deal of vitamins and antioxidants to your body’s daily diet. This nutritional boost will boost your immune system in the more frigid winter months.
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