Breakfast Oatmeal Smoothies

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Since January of this year, I’ve had a slight obsession with smoothies. I started out on the healthy track that month by substituting Visalus (Body by Vi) shakes twice a day as snacks, as well as eating low-carb meals three times a day. Visalus was a great starter for me, as I found I had alot of energy from the shakes directly after drinking them. The unexpected change it made for me was dropping me down to one single cup of coffee a day, when I was easily having 4 or 5, without even meaning to. I did drop some pounds after two months, and I was running plus lifting weights.

I then transitioned to protein shakes with whey powder. I found they tasted better than Visalus just because if you have anything sort of acidic in your Body by Vi shake it would bring out the “sweet cream flavour” more. The protein shakes were higher in calories, and I wasn’t really counting calories much, but my protein intake was through the roof. I recall one day where I had a protein shake, omelette, chicken, and a steak with shrimp, sending my protein intake to 260 g. Which is ridiculous for a girl of 190 pounds at 5’3″. I mean, I was definitely losing body fat, but I had the worst gas (if you’ve ever had too much protein, you know what I mean!). I then researched the recommended amounts of protein for female body weight, and decided to drop the protein powder.

I got my best results when I dropped the powders, used whole foods only, and counted calories in all shakes. I have friends that will just throw everything together in a shake, with no pre-planning, and with no measuring. They then go on to wonder why they are not dropping weight, thus becoming discouraged, and eventually dropping healthy eating again.

I got Cory hooked on shakes for breakfast now, and he makes one pretty much everyday before work when he’s short on time.
My advice on making shakes is this: Make the base (your liquid) as low-calorie as possible. Using almond milk is only 40-60 calories per cup. Water is 0, and coffee usually clocks in around 2 calories per cup. Give it some body (thicken) with a banana or full fat greek yogurt. Have variety in your flavor (mix it up) with different combinations of fruit. The more exciting your shake tastes, the less you are going to crave stuff that isn’t good for you. Count the damn calories (all of them!) by trying to keep breakfast smoothies under 450, and all other smoothies under 350. Add ice, and blend, because nobody likes a lukewarm smoothie.

My Favorite Breakfast Smoothie Recipes!

PB Chocolate Banana Oatmeal
1 packet of Quaker quick oats
1 cup of Blue Diamond chocolate almond milk
1 medium-large banana (90-120 calories)
1 tbsp of quality dark cocoa
1 tbsp of all natural peanut butter
6 ice cubes
= approx. 380 calories

Banango Oatmeal
1 packet of Quaker quick oats
1 cup of Blue Diamond vanilla almond milk
1 medium-large banana
14 pieces of frozen mango
1/4 cup of full-fat greek vanilla yogurt
6 ice cubes
= approx. 397 calories

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal
2 packets of Quaker quick oats
1 cup of Blue Diamond vanilla almond milk
1/2 of a medium-large banana
1/3 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
6 ice cubes
= approx. 350 calories and absolutely packed with fibre

Mocha Banana Oatmeal
1 packet of Quaker quick oats
1 cup of chilled strong coffee
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (mine is 150 calories)
1 medium-large banana
1 tbsp of quality dark cocoa
= depends on your protein powder. Recipe is approx. 395 calories AND you get your java on.

Happy Sunday peoples!

S.

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