Friday, June 03, 2011
Everyday I love my vitamix more and more. That blender is definitely one of my favorite appliances in my kitchen right now.
I have never been a big breakfast person. Growing up I would always feel sick after breakfast, only to realize 2 years ago that it was because I was lactose intolerant and was always having milk and cereal. But the years of misery after breakfast and then for much of my high school life and on, I gave up eating breakfast, I just don't like eating breakfast anymore.
So when all my reading says that one of the best things you can do for your metabolism and weight loss is have a hearty wholesome breakfast....I cringe. Que my vitamix.
For the past couple weeks, I have been making breakfast smoothies made of fruits, sometimes veggies and protein powder. But it was still low calorie and not a "hearty" breakfast. Now
I discovered you can add things like oats, rice, quinoa and any other grain to your breakfast smoothie to bulk it up. Seriously awesomeness!!!! The past 2 days, my smoothies have tasted fantastic, and they meet the wholesome breakfast requirements (grains, seeds/nuts, milk/milk sub, and fruit). Here are the recipes for today and yesterday:
Breakfast (sugarless) Horchata Smoothie
.25 cups whole almonds (soaked overnight)
6 oz Soy milk (or milk of choice)
.25 cup cooked brown rice
.5 - 1 tbsp cinnamon
1.5 cups ice
Cut up apple in quarters and cut off stem and seeds. Toss all ingredients into vitamix (or other high power blender) and run on high till smooth (about 2 minutes). I had to use the tamper to help break up almonds and the apple. Entire recipe is 418 calories, and 18 grams of protein. This makes alot and could be split in half
Banana Quinoa Breakfast Shake
1.5 cups Pineapple
4 oz Soy milk (or milk of choice)
10 grams Protein powder of choice (I used soy)
1 tbsp Flaxseed (I used whole, but you can use ground as well)
.5 cups cooked Quinoa
.5 - 1 tbsp Cinnamon
1.5 cups ice
Toss it all in vitamix (or high power blender) and turn on high till smooth (about 1 - 2 minutes). 472 calories, and 22 grams of protein in the entire shake but it makes alot and could be split in 2.
These smoothies are very filling. I drink the whole batch because I am trying to have about 400 - 500 calories for breakfast, 300 - 400 calories for lunch, 250 calories or less for dinner and the rest in snacks. This is supposed to be very good for your metabolism and losing weight since you use most of your calories during the day as opposed to night time.
I hope everyone is having a great week and happy friday!