Breakfast comes in an oversized coffee mug. The kind that needs two hands to wrap around it. I spend my morning sipping on it.
Typically, I am not a breakfast person. Unlike Beau who could throw down an omelet, bacon and fruit in the wee hours of the morning. I know, I know, how does he do it?
Because of the value of breakfast for the body and mind I try really REALLY hard to eat breakfast. Really. Hard.
Enter, a paleo breakfast smoothie I came up with that has everything I need to start my day right.
I’m talking fiber, potassium, protein, antioxidants, energy boosters and electrolytes. Oh my.
It’s an Energizing Paleo Breakfast Smoothie
Fruit of choice? Blackberries and blueberries. Blueberries are known for their antioxidants which help fight free radicals (which is what leads to aging). There is even a study that says they may help reduce belly fat.*
One cup of blackberries has half the daily recommendation of Vitamin C which protects the immune system. So those made their appearance in this smoothie as well ;)
We’ve also talked about the benefits of coconut water. It’s my new fav liquid to add to smoothies because of how hydrating it is!
I used one scoop of paleo vanilla protein powder. But you can omit this. I also use two tablespoons of Flax powder. Flax powder should wear a superhero cape. Its benefits are outrageous and you can add flax powder to almost anything.
First, it is an excellent source of fiber. It is also a source of Omega-3 fatty acids which our body needs and it is acts as an anti-inflammatory.
But what I really like about Flax powder is that it contains lignans which, “Reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.” (Source.)
But that’s not all! Flax has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women! Three cheers!
So there you have it. To reap the benefits of flax it is recommended that you take 2 tablespoons a day. (I just add it to my smoothie.)
Here is the line-up:
Add 1 cup coconut water, ½ cup coconut milk, 1 cup frozen blackberries, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 2 tablespoons flax powder and 1 scoop protein powder (optional) to your blender.
Blend until smooth.
This will make two servings (about 3 cups).
Pour into a cup and stir in 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Not to be confused with the popular 90s toy, chia pet. (And was it even popular?)
Chia seeds provide ENERGY!!! Several people that I know who stopped drinking coffee (what the?) started including chia seeds in their smoothies or yogurt because chia seeds boost your energy!
They also help fight belly fat and keep you fuller, longer! And, they are paleo.
Viola! A perfectly healthy paleo breakfast smoothie.
Note, if you want it a little sweeter, add ½ frozen banana. (Which I did not do, but Beau did!)
And there you have it. One high kick for your morning.
What is your favorite breakfast?
*Most of the information included in this post was info I have learned throughout the years. But I want to make sure I am stating it correctly, so I used these sources to confirm: