Today, I’ll be sharing an easy strawberry smoothie recipe. Packed with fresh fruit, vitamins, calcium, protein, and fiber, it’s a delicious and healthy way to start your day! The recipe comes from the free ebook, “35 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas”, published by One Medical Group. No compensation was received for the review or this post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are solely mine.
Did you have anything to eat for breakfast? More importantly, was it even remotely healthy? My husband might argue, but a large mug of coffee does not equal a full and complete breakfast. We won’t even discuss kids who lie in bed so long that you’re lucky to get them up and off to school at all, much less out the door with something substantial to eat.
The number 1 reason for not eating breakfast is, “I don’t have time to make anything.” I get the rush…really, I do. We all have too much to do!
The problem is, without a healthy breakfast, our bodies lack the brain energy needed to concentrate and focus. It’s not very fair to leave our stomach hanging empty until lunch time anyway. If you’re thinking that you grabbed a Pop-Tart as you ran out the door, and that it’s perfectly acceptable for breakfast because it has fruit in it, here’s an eye opener: the 65 grams of sugar that you consumed along with that processed fruit is probably the reason that you’re ready for a nap by ten o’clock.
What’s Wrong With Sugar?
As sugar digests, it causes a spike in blood sugar, giving us immediate energy followed up by a “crash and burn”. That’s why you see kids bouncing off of the walls with energy after a Halloween candy pig-out, but an hour later, they’re sound asleep. Unless your job is testing mattresses for comfort, sleeping on the job is probably not encouraged. No worries…help has arrived! This easy strawberry smoothie recipe can be made in less than 5 minutes. If you’re in a bigger rush than that, make a pitcher full the night before. Keep it stored in your refrigerator and pour it into a glass the next morning!
If you think you’re too busy to cook a healthy meal, One Medical Group’s collection of quick and healthy recipes is organized by prep time (5, 10, 15 minutes), so you can easily create healthy meals for your family on your schedule.
The ebook is 100% free for download HERE.
Review ~ 35 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas
This isn’t an elaborate book by any stretch of the imagination, but with over 35 recipes to choose from, there’s sure to be something that you and your family will enjoy.
- It’s free, and after a simple download of a .pdf file, you can read the book instantly. There’s no registration necessary, so you won’t receive unwanted email.
- Every single one of the recipes is nutritionist approved.
- Good design/layout – The recipes are categorized into beverages (hot and cold), quick breakfasts, and leisurely breakfasts.
- Variety – There’s everything from this simple strawberry smoothie to a skillet baked mushroom herb omelet. Need an even simpler recipe? They’ve got the non-cooks covered, too! There’s a recipe for a Hazelnut Cafe Latte…and you’re gonna flip out when you see what the healthy secret ingredient is! For younger kids and picky eaters, there are no frills recipes like almond butter on whole grain toast. The idea is to make it easy for you to feed your body well, not to struggle with fixing a huge meal and trying to get everyone to sit down long enough to eat it. THAT struggle can wait for dinner time 😉
- Some hard to find and/or expensive ingredients – There’s a funky ingredient called spirulina that’s called for in several of the recipes. I had never heard of it before, so I turned to trusty Google and found out that it’s a type of healthy seaweed. It’s reportedly healthy, but I’m glad that it’s an optional ingredient, because it sure doesn’t sound appealing to me. Even if I wanted to try it, I have no idea where to find it in my local stores. I’m guessing that health food stores and possibly some Asian markets will carry it. Ground flax seed is another ingredient that’s called for. It’s VERY healthy, and I used it in this strawberry smoothie recipe. It’s a little pricey, but worth it, because it’s packed with fiber, so it fills you up and helps to keep away the mid-morning junk food cravings. (NOTE FROM KELLI: I found Nutrex Hawaii Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica Powder, 16-Ounce Bottle on Amazon – this is an affiliate link)
So do your bod a favor. Download the free ebook and make this recipe for a strawberry smoothie for breakfast tomorrow.
- ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt (I used unsweetened vanilla Greek yogurt)
- ¼ cup water
- 2 Tablespoons almond butter
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon spirulina (optional)
- Place all ingredients into a blender, cover with lid, and process on high until smooth.
- If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice. For a thinner consistency, add water.
- Pour into glasses, serve, and enjoy!
More Smoothie Recipes:
If you don’t care for strawberries, or this easy strawberry smoothie recipe just doesn’t sound like something you’d like, I’ve got a few delicious smoothie recipes over on my blog. Check ’em out…your taste buds will thank you and your brain will, too!