I love to start off my mornings with a great workout. I always feel that this is the best way to start the day off right. I may wake up super early, but getting in that run just makes me feel great the whole day through.
Waking up early and working out can have me lagging around 10 am. For the longest time I would just grab a cup of coffee to see if that would help me feel more awake and energized. And as we all know, it helps for a while and then comes the crash. I finally got sick of the coffee crash and decided I needed a change! I researched and researched, finally stumbling upon a great workout site that lists tons of great smoothie recipes. The light bulb went off in my head; I knew that a smoothie was exactly the solution I was looking for! It was so simple, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner!
Smoothies are the perfect after-workout snack because they restore and rebuild muscles and are also customizable. What I mean by that is, you can add pretty much anything you want to make it just the way you like it, but it’s important to watch the ingredients you add when enjoying a smoothie. Some over the counter or restaurant varieties can pack as much as 1000 calories and 67 grams of sugar!
I decided to make this recipe with one of my favourite fruits, Blueberries. These berries are small but mighty and they are considered one of the best forms of antioxidants out there! What’s also great about blueberries is that you can use them fresh or frozen. I prefer them frozen because they last longer and are ready to go at a moment's notice for a quick snack or grab and go breakfast. I also added in flaxseed for some healthy omega fats for my daily-recommended amount. I love mixing it into any smoothie for that incredible health boost. Plus, kids love this nutritious snack and won’t even know that there is anything good in it for their growing bodies!
Once I started making this after my daily workouts, I wasn’t feeling tired and hungry at 10 am anymore. After a while I started playing around with the flavours so that I could switch it up from time to time. Now when I think about it, I don’t know how I got through the day without my smoothie!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
278 Calories per serving
5.5 Grams per serving
Per Serving- Sodium 54.1 mg, Carbs 44 grams, Fiber 12.4 grams, Sugar 28 grams, Protein 15.7 grams. Contains 41.8% of your RDA Calcium Intake and 20% of your Calcium intake
½ cup frozen raspberries
½ cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup frozen blackberries
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
½ cup Ice Cubes
1. Add to a blender and mix until smooth, about 2 minutes.
2. Pour and enjoy cold
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.
by Amanada Garbutt