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Dine While You Dash!

Posted on 02 January 2015 by Erica Hoe (Meds 2016)

How often do you want to eat a full breakfast, but have absolutely no time to make it, let alone sit down and eat it? For me, that’s every morning. That’s why I’ve taken to making smoothies in the morning. I use my trusty blender, toss in the ingredients, press “blend” and then start getting ready for the day. By the time I’ve gotten dressed, my breakfast awaits. How perfect. I’m living the life.

Seriously though, you can guzzle it down in the car, on your walk to work, while you’re waving to passersby, or cleaning your stethoscope. Whatever. The point is, it’s the fastest breakfast and it has all the right nutrients.

The idea is to pick some of your favourite fruits (you can freeze them before they go bad so you can use them instead of ice cubes), pick a vegetable like kale or spinach, add some honey if you want it sweeter, invest in some chia seeds and almond milk, and toss them in the blender until it’s smooth. Here are a few of my favourite smoothie recipes.

 

Monday:

Let’s start off simple. Like they say, the first five days after the weekend are always the hardest. So, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and make too many elaborate smoothie plans. This one is super simple, and you can pretend you are still out having a drink with your friends. The weekend’s not over, I refuse to believe it!

 

Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie

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  • A handful of strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana (keep them in your freezer, and snap them in half when you want to use them)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut almond milk (or just almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut (in the smoothie and for garnish) – you fancy huh?
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

 

Tuesday:

Monday was tough. Tuesday isn’t going to be any better, so let’s just make a smoothie filled with all the most delicious berries.

 

Very Berry Smoothie

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  • A handful of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2-3 kale leaves (use the leafy green part) – The bitterness of the kale is masked by the berry medley; also the colour of your smoothie won’t be that scary green colour!
  • 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup coconut water or orange juice
  • A few mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

 

Wednesday:

It’s the middle of the week. That means you’ve been working really hard for the past two days and you deserve to celebrate with a tropical drink. Yes, that means mangoes. This is one of my favourites.

 

Mango Coco-Loco Smoothie

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  • 1 mango
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

 

Thursday:

You might not have time to bake a cake, but this tastes just like it. It might even improve your vision without expanding your waistline.

 

Carrot Cake Smoothie

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  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

 

Friday:

It’s Friday, treat yo self. Indulge in this chocolatey goodness. Lather your intestines in sweetness. Too visual? Too bad. This smoothie is THAT badass.

 

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

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  • A handful of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cocoa powder (optional) – if you want it even more chocolatey or if you’re using plain almond milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

 

I hope you like these just as much as I do. May you now power through the morning without your stomach growling with hunger. Bottoms up!

 

Erica

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