Ridiculously simple ways to create amazing (and healthy) breakfasts
Whenever you have guests staying with you, one of your first thoughts is 'What will I feed them?'
And... of course, you want anything you do prepare to look, and taste, amazing. You want to create wonderful memories for your guests but have fun, too. After all, who wants to spend hours in the kitchen when you could be relaxing and enjoying special moments with your guests and family?
If you’re looking for a simple, delicious and healthy breakfast option, look no further than smoothies. They make the perfect, healthy breakfast. The beauty of smoothies is that they are incredibly versatile. You could easily have a different smoothie each day of the year. For most of us though, it’s much easier to find a handful of smoothie recipes we enjoy and stick to those during the week.
Plus, a smoothie can become a work of art with very little effort.
How do you make a basic smoothie?
Having a few go-to favorites allows you to buy and prep the ingredients ahead of time, making it even easier to blend up your favorite breakfast drink in the morning. That’s the key to making breakfast smoothies work when you’re short on time. Head to the grocery store and pick up your favorite smoothie ingredients. When you come home, go ahead and wash, peel and chop the fruit and veggies as needed. Add them to storage bags or containers in portions that are perfect for your smoothies and store them in the fridge or freezer as needed.
The technique is simple
In the morning, just grab a container, add the contents to your blender along with anything else your smoothie needs (water, milk, yogurt, juice etc.) and blend away. Pour your smoothie, rinse your blender and breakfast is done. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Take it one step further with a Smoothie Bowl.
Create a beautiful smoothie bowl
You can use your main blender and mix up a batch of smoothies for the whole family, or get out a personal blender so each family member can whip up their own favorite smoothie. There’s no right or wrong way to do this as long as it works for you and your loved ones.
Here's some inspiration from: Lovin Earth- Elsa's Wholesome Life - Half Baked Harvest
Add a couple of these healthy, but decorative toppings
Pour your smoothie into an attractive bowl and spoon a mix of the following ingredients on the top of your smoothie bowl. It looks really great if you spoon each chosen ingredient in a line across the top of your smoothie bowl. There's nothing quite like flowers as decoration. A couple of edible flowers such as violas, heartsies, nasturtium, or the petals of cornflower, carnations, marigolds and geraniums add a beautiful decorative touch.
Create unique smoothies to suit individual tastes and easily cater for any allergens.
*Blueberries, raspberries, goji berries or strawberries
*Sliced banana, kiwi fruit or apple
*Wholefoods gluten free cereals or mueseli
*Chopped nuts, seeds or LSA
*Edible flowers or petals
Smoothies are an ideal mobile breakfast option, too.
A smoothie is also an amazing breakfast for anyone who needs to grab something and run. Pour your smoothie in a blender bottle or an insulated cup to take it with you to the office or school. Adding frozen banana or other fruit, or ice to your smoothie will make sure it stays cool even if you aren’t able to drink it right away.
Smoothies are a great way to begin your day on a healthy note
One of the reasons I love smoothies for breakfast is because they help me start my day off right with a boost of nutrition. It’s much easier to ensure you get at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day when a big chunk of it is in your breakfast smoothie. Plus these smoothies are made with real, unprocessed foods. That alone is a big improvement from the usual breakfast choice of cereal, toast, or breakfast sandwiches.
The vitamins and natural sugars from the fruits and veggies give you the boost you need first thing in the morning and it’s easy to add some protein and a bit of healthy fat to your smoothies by using nut butter or Greek Yogurt and flax seeds, for example. I find that adding some coconut cream will help prevent any hunger pangs.
A smoothie will give you a filling breakfast option that will keep you full even if you’re taking a late lunch.
And.... it's an incredibly beautiful, and trendy, breakfast option to serve for visitors.
What to do next?
*Try a smoothie bowl breakfast yourself. Here are some simple recipes....
*Check out the inspiring ideas from Halfbaked Harvest, Elsa's Wholesome Life and Lovin Earth
*Follow AtGrandmasPlace on Instagram and Pinterest
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