Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel draggy with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip breakfast and grab the coffee mug morning person, then this blog is totally for you.

We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it is so easy to just grab a quick pastry or  bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though; I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar, you will certainly crash, and you will be either too tired to make it through your work day or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee and/or some more sugar to get through a few more hours.

Smoothies are another quick alternative to a fast but healthy breakfast that can help energize us throughout the day. When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, a healthy liquid like coconut water or almond milk and some other optional ingredients, you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Starting the day with a smoothie also gives you much needed antioxidants which help protect our bodies from free radicals, and it can be a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help avoid that mid-morning crash and crave.

Next time you want a quick breakfast, try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism. So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be pulling out my blender and getting ready for some long lasting energy.

Here is one of my go-to breakfast smoothie recipes:

1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk

1 cup of frozen strawberries or blueberries

1 scoop of (clean) protein powder

1-2 TBs of ground flax seed

1 cup fresh frozen baby spinach  (you won’t even taste it, I promise!)

a few dashes of cinnamon (optional)

a few drops of liquid stevia (to taste)

Blend and go – I used to throw this in a travel cup and drink it on my commute into work!