Trying something different with breakfast

Trying something different with breakfast

When I was a kid, I was very picky at the dinner table. When it came to vegetables, if it wasn’t a starch (corn, peas, etc) I didn’t really eat it. I also had my small selection of fruits that I ate. Thankfully, over the years, especially since I became involved in endurance sports, I’ve widened my palate. And I’m always looking for new ways to try foods. The bottom line is the more whole foods you can consume, the better off you will be.

This morning, I was craving a smoothie. And I had recently downloaded Branden Brazier‘s book Thrive based on a recommendation on a recent Ask the Coach post, so I quickly skimmed it for smoothie recipes. While I didn’t have all the ingredients for any one particular smoothie, I can certainly swag something with what I do have. So I did this:

  • 1 cup water, 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • large handful of spinach  <–first time I’ve added greens to a smoothie!
  • 1 T. cocoa
  • 1 scoop chia seeds

Here’s the nutritional breakdown of macronutrients:

caloric breakdown of smoothie


Grams of macronutrients

It tastes great! Slightly sweet from the fruit, but not overwhelmingly so. And it did not taste like spinach. It is a little low on the protein side (next time I’ll add a protein powder) but it is a nutrient packed way to start the day!

Did you try anything different to eat today?

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Nicole Odell


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