Breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day. (but, of course, we already knew that, right?) Well, even though I know it is the most important meal, I am just not fond of having a big breakfast in the morning. I like the keep my breakfasts light and quick. Just enough energy to get my day started! This smoothie helps me get all the right nutrients and a wonderful amount of energy!
Sometimes, I will just have a bowl of my favorite fruits in the morning, but who doesn’t love a good smoothie?! I have always loved making smoothies! However, smoothies can be tricky, because it’s extremely easy to make your “healthy” smoothie turn into a monster of calories! Adding milk, yogurt, peanut butter, etc. can add lots of calories to your smoothie. One tablespoon of peanut butter can add about a 100 calories (and really, who eats only a tablespoon of peanut butter? I know I don’t.) I love peanut butter, but I opted out for this drink to keep the calories down. So, I thought to myself, why not just blend all of my favorite fruits together, add some spinach (extra nutrients), ice, and water….and there ya have it, light and quick breakfast!
For this Jam-Packed Fruit Smoothie you’ll need:
A handful of raspberries
2-4 pieces of cut-up watermelon
2-4 pieces of cut-up pineapple
A slice of lemon
Place a handful of the baby spinach and all the fruit in the blender, squeeze the lemon over it, and add a squeeze of agave syrup (literally…a dash of agave. Agave is a natural sweetener, so too much will make it too sweet). Then, add ice and water, and blend!
Of course, you can play around with all the portions of fruit, depending of your liking! Also, you will definitely have some leftover, which is fine. You can just save some for lunch!
What’s great about this smoothie, is it comes with all kinds of health benefits:
Spinach: Very nutrient-dense. It’s low in calories, but high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.Also, spinach is an excellent source of iron, which is needed for energy!
Mango: Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. A great source for vitamin A and potassium to maintain healthy skin and blood pressure.
Raspberries: Low in calories, and rich in fiber and antioxidants. They are rich in B-complex group of vitamins, which aid in the metabolism of carbs, proteins, and fats.
Strawberries: Low in calories and high in fiber. Strawberries help burn stored fat, boost memory, possess anti-aging properties, and are great for weight loss!
Watermelon: Great for hydration, since it is mostly made up of water. Also, contains vitamin A, which is great for your skin.
Pineapple: Low in calories, and also contains Vitamin A and B-complex group, which is great for your skin and metabolism.
Whew! That’s alot of fruit! But it’s super yummy!
Hope you enjoy!