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Friday, February 19, 2016

Breakfast of Champions?

Lovely, ain't it?

Alluding to my month-long-extremely-limited-can-she-do-it detox diet, I have, remarkably, stuck to it like white on rice.  Which I can't eat, by the way.  I am rather amazed.  Then, again, this is the year of the new me, so maybe I should cut myself some slack.  I do have some willpower, after all - just not where potato chips, ice cream, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, dogs, cats, anything with four legs or two and feathers, bright, shiny objects are concerned.

I am limited to meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.  For two out of three meals a day, I can manage it.  However, breakfast has been a bear.  I can't eat eggs every morning - well, I could but I shouldn't and I don't have time to fix an eggy-type of breakfast Monday-Friday.  I have been living on granola (no), oatmeal (no) or GF whole grain toast (no) daily.  This past weekend, my sister (the lovely Cynthia) stayed with me for an overnighter and brought with her a recipe for a breakfast smoothie that seems to have saved me.

Ingredients:  avocado, banana, berries, ground flax seed, a handful of greens (kale/spinach/chard), coconut milk, grapefruit juice.  I blanched slightly at the list (avocado? greens?) but she whipped up a batch and it was MARVELOUS!  I had some bananas cut up and frozen and the berries were frozen, so it produced a thick, creamy drink that was so good!  It is now my go-to breakfast for the rest of the month - except for weekends, when I have time for an egg or two.

12 comments:

  1. For added protein you could mix in whey powder or a half-cup of cottage cheese. I have my own protein breakfast smoothie too. Yours looks terrific.

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  2. You are very brave and determined.

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  3. I love the smoothies in the summer--I leave the fruit partially frozen and it whips up like a sorbet. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  4. Looks wonderful and I'm so glad you found something you can put in your tum-tum of a week day/work day morning. Four gold stars to Cynthia for turning you on to this.

    I'm with Sue . . . we drink a LOT of smoothies in the summer time, but can't seem to enjoy them in the winter. Which is a shame because we put all kinds of good stuff in them that our bodies would benefit from all year 'round. Plus, it's an easy breakfast or lunch for the cook!

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  5. it looks fantastic and if you can have it every day during the week then that is great!have you ever heard of overnight oats? if you are interested, i will leave the recipe here for you! (you can use the frozen fruit in the overnight oats)

    your friend,
    kymber

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  6. I enjoy smoothies but they never seem to provide enough energy to get me to lunch time. Ideas?

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  7. my kids love smoothies but i just can't get into them. i've been living on apples and red peppers. i need a burger!

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  8. Breakfast is frustrating....but this looks wonderful if you omit the banana. We have pancakes on Sunday. Scratch made I might add smugly!

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  9. Proud of you keep it up I wish I were there doing it with you

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  10. Susan,

    This breakfast looks YUMMY. I have to say my sister visited as well and stayed for 9 days to watch our animals while out of town. When I returned we had all kinds of junk food in the house. I thought I was being strong willed until the coconut macaroons walked in the door. Want to trade sisters??

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  11. I'm intrigued as to what meat, fish, fruit or veg make up the salad dressing from previous post?! I'm not being deliberately tongue in cheek it's just that whenever I try to cut the carbs (if indeed that's your aim) it's always in the dressings/ancillary items that I fail.

    Would love if you post the quantities for said smoothie - again, another massive fail for me. (Don't ask about the beetroot smoothie with turmeric debacle)

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