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Breakfast isn’t called the most important meal of the day for nothing. A healthy and balanced breakfast wakes your body up, provides energy for hours, and sets the stage for the rest of your day. Thankfully, getting all the nutrients you need in the morning can be quick, easy, and delicious. Whether you have all the time in the world or half an hour to get out of the bed and out the door, here are five reasons why you should start your day with a smoothie!
You can make a smoothie in about two minutes and be out the door. Using frozen ingredients is a great way to get thick, cold, and satisfying smoothies. Plus, frozen ingredients are easy to store and pour. Stock up on frozen organic berries, cherries, and other fruits. You can even freeze small chunks of banana for a weekend treat, along with spinach, kale, and other greens so you’ll always have nutrient-rich veggies on hand.
When you’re ready for breakfast, just add your favorite ingredients, pour unsweetened almond or coconut milk over the top, and blend for about 30 seconds. Twist on a to-go lid, pop in a straw, and you’re out the door with a healthy breakfast in hand.
Studies show that eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is associated with a 24 percent reduced risk of heart disease, a 33 percent reduced risk of stroke, a 28 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a 13 percent reduced risk of overall cancer, and a 31 percent reduction in premature deaths. You can easily get about 5 servings in a breakfast smoothie, so you’re already half way there at the start of your day!
When you kick off your day with a healthy breakfast, you set the stage for making healthy choices all day long. And when you feel satisfied and nourished by your nutritious breakfast, you’re far less inclined to reach for poor quality and heavily-processed foods as you go through your day.
A balanced meal contains protein, carbs, and fat. By simply combining quality protein powder, your favorite fruits and vegetables (the lower in sugar, the better) and a healthy fat, like coconut oil, you can create a balanced meal in less time than it takes to boil an egg. At a loss for balanced recipes? NutriBullet Balance offers hundreds of them! They’re even customized to your wellness goals, like weight loss, heart health and immune support, to name a few.
We often have great intentions and buy ingredients that are super healthy, but we sometimes don’t know what to do with them. Flax seeds for fiber, collagen for joint health and beauty, maca for hormone balance, spirulina for an antioxidant kick – these are just a few of the things you can add to your daily smoothies to optimize your nutrition.
There are so many amazing superfoods out there that can effortlessly fit into your daily smoothie. Plus, combined with the right ingredients, you can get them down the hatch and reap the benefits without even tasting them or having to worry about ways to prepare them.
Go ahead and get your smoothie on! No one has ever regretted starting their day with a tasty, nutritious powerhouse of a breakfast. Nothing feels as good as feeling good, so give smoothies a try and get ready to get hooked!
Elynn DeMattiaElynn DeMattia’s driving force and main purpose is to make healthy eating accessible to the masses through efficiency, affordability and delicious taste. As the VP of Creative Development for NutriBullet, Magic Bullet and Veggie Bullet, she is doing her best to make consuming copious amounts of produce super tasty and exciting. Forever a student of all things nutrition, wellness, meditation and mindfulness, Elynn most recently became a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach.