Up and Go Go Go!
The most satisfying, energy sustaining Dairy Free Breakfast smoothie you ever tasted!
Some mornings you wake up and feel inspired to prepare a spectacular breakfast; some poached eggs, wilted spinach with sautéed mushrooms and garlic complemented with a nice piece of whole grain toast with a generous spread of avocado, yum. Unfortunately, for myself and my family life is very busy and mornings can be extremely hectic. So unless I have a pretty chilled out morning where I don’t start work till late, or unless we are having a lazy Sunday morning, the kids and I love having the option of drinking a nutritious breakky before we head off to work and school. We also prefer to have oats in our smoothie during the hotter months, when cooked oats don’t seem as appealing as they do in winter.
Those who haven’t tried having their beakfast replaced with a smoothie may be surprised at how filling this liquid breakfast can be. There’s no need to have a piece of toast on the side or a serve of egg or fruit – it’s all there for you – all of the macro nutrients (protein, carbs, fats) you need for an amazing start to your day which will sustain your energy and get you feeling awake and alive, ready to ‘go go go’ all morning.
The other great thing about this deliciously nutritious smoothie is that it’s low reactive: it is completely dairy and wheat free, which will leave your tummy feeling satisfied but never bloated, uncomfortable or tender.
I use banana in this smoothie, and although this fruit is high GI, meaning it normally has a quick release of sugar into the blood, combining it with cinnamon and protein in this recipe decreases it’s Glycaemic Load. So the release of glucose into the blood is a lot more gradual. You feel satisfied for longer and avoid that sugar crash an hour later. It’s perfect for diabetics, and insulin resistant individuals.
Wholegrain oats are another nourishing and great ingredient I like to use here. Wholegrain oats and steel cut oats are quite high in protein for a grain and are a fabulous source of fibre, thiamine, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, pathogenic acid and potassium. They also contain Beta Glucans, which along with a special type of antioxidants called Aventhramides, have been shown to contribute towards reducing total plasma cholesterol as well as LDL (the ‘bad’ cholesterol) levels. The Aventhramides in oats have also been shown to exhibit anti inflammatory effects. When choosing your oats though, go for wholegrain oats, preferably organic, and avoid having any refined quick oats as they are nutrient – depleted.
So finally.. Here’s the recipe – enjoy!
KIS UP AND GO GO GO Breakfast Smoothie
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup organic wholegrain oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I use Sunwarrior protein or Prana) – this can be replaced with 1 raw egg and 1-2tsp chia seeds + a dash of vanilla essence
1tsp honey OR 2-3 pitted dates
1 cup of coconut milk OR coco – nut milk (coconut and almond milk combined
Blend all ingredients in a blender, bullet smoothie maker or similar until all ingredients are well blended. This smoothie should have a nice, thick consistency. Now you can Go Go Go!