1 cup frozen organic mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
1 cup organic apple juice
1/4 cup raw organic wheat germ
2 tbsp organic ground flax meal
Blend it up!
Five reasons why you should have a smoothie for breakfast:
1. Two servings of fruit. It's not easy to get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But it's really important. A smoothie is a great way to knock out two.
2. Fiber. You've heard it's important to eat fiber. But do you know why? It helps maintain a healthy digestive system and colon, but fiber is also extremely important for heart health. And ground flax and raw wheat germ go a long way when it comes to proper pumping. They act as cleansers in your arteries, reducing plaque. So your good cholesterol goes up and your bad cholesterol goes down.
A woman my age needs about 25 grams of fiber a day. This smoothie provides about 13. (4 - wheat germ, 4 - ground flax, 5 - berries) That's half of what I need before I even get in the shower. But 25 grams is a lot. And if you think you're going to hit that by simply having a salad for lunch, you're wrong. So start early and track your grams during the day.
3. It's filling. It seems like they wouldn't be, but smoothies will fill you up. The added grains really help to fight hunger.
4. It's a great way to kickstart your day. If you don't eat breakfast, start. Your body needs nutrients to get going. Plus, berries are brainfood. Start feeding your brain and your body early and you'll feel more energetic throughout the day. In addition, a healthy breakfast revs up your metabolism so you keep burning more calories throughout the day.
5. Smoothies are cheap. Bags of blueberries and mixed berries are about $3.00 each. Two will get me through a week of smoothies. Raw Wheat Germ runs about $2.00 and Organic ground flax meal is about $4.00. A bag of each will last about a month.
I'm no mathematician, but based on berry cost alone, you can eat breakfast for less than a $1 a day and also feel good about eating something healthy.
So, what do you think? Will you give smoothies a try?