I spend the majority of my mornings at my kitchen table reading textbooks and drinking too much coffee. I’m currently a fulltime distance post-baccalaureate student and with that goes my free time and exposure to sunlight. As any student can attest, classwork is consuming. And though I have the luxury of being in a distance program and working out of my living room, the freedom to do anything else is greatly diminished.
That being said, nutrient dense energy is essential for getting me through my day. The USDA recommends we consume 25% of our calories at breakfast, a clear indication of how important the government believes our morning intake is. But where should those calories come from; we could eat a bagel or muffin, sure, but are those beneficial options? To some degree yes, the sugars found in bagels and muffins will provide easy calories, but I guarantee you’ll be hungry again within 90 minutes. If your sitting at a desk like me, the calories from fat and carbohydrates won’t be used up, but will most definitely migrate through your GI tract and get stored. I’m positive you don’t want excess fat stored.
When I am in a rush I tend to stick with raw, calorie dense smoothies [when I make them very thick I refer to them as puddings..how exciting]. They’re portable, take practically no time to make and no time to clean up, and you get an infinitely more nutrient dense meal than any carbohydrate and fat dense fast food substitute can live up to. This smoothie is exceptionally creamy yet fresh and cold tasting and protein and fiber packed to keep you full for hours.
Green Avocado & Chia Pudding [serves 1]
1 cup/ 8 oz green juice, all greens
.25 of a whole avocado
1 whole banana, frozen
1 tablespoon black chia seeds
.25 teaspoons vanilla extract
There isn’t much to do for this recipe, but blend and enjoy! Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender. I use a VitaMix because it is so thorough at blending, but any blender will do. Blend for about 45 seconds, or until desired consistency is reached. The pudding will be thick so pour it into your favorite bowl.
Nutritional Information (per serving, 1 smoothie)
245 Calories, 47g Carbohydrates, 6g Fat, 7g Protein [&14g Fiber]
**Over the course of this website I am going to be sure to include a multitude of “green juice” recipes, I feel like I have thousands. For those unfamiliar, green juice is juice from green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, collard greens, celery, cucumber..