At the beginning of the week, I had prepared only three breakfast bowls so that Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the days I have classes, I would have breakfast ready to go. I didn’t really plan for Tuesday or Thursday or the fact that I might be craving one all throughout my workout. Instead, I decided to experiment with a few smoothies. Tuesday, I decided to make my own Pumpkin Frappacuino Smoothie, which was all right except for the fact that I realized I had been using Pumpkin Pie Filling and the coffee grounds I was using for flavor were extremely caffeinated. It sort of left me buzzing and jumpy throughout the morning. Maybe I’ll leave it to the pros to make my pumpkin coffee.
1/3 cup pumpkin (I guess I’ve been using Pumpkin Pie Filler instead of pumpkin so no wonder it was tasting so good)
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (Chobani’s plain was my choice)
2 Tbsp pumpkin flavored coffee (might be better brewed on its own)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp flaxseed/chia seed
1/4 cup oats
This morning I decided to take on the challenge of the Green Monster again and I did it! I successfully created a smoothie that includes greens and doesn’t taste absolutely terrible. Everyone claims they can’t taste the spinach in the smoothie but I must have overly sensitive taste buds because honestly, a bowl of mixed greens doesn’t exactly sound appetizing in the morning. The first time I attempted the smoothie, I was using one of those personal blenders, the ones that make one serving and you are good to go. Well, it was a knock-off of the Magic Bullet so of course it wouldn’t work properly. I ended up taking it back to Target and investing in a more expensive (but still cheap-ish quality) blender. So far I have been able to blend my smoothies, but only if I stick something in to get things moving. Yes, yes, not the safest idea and I’ve been ok so far except the other day when I saw the spatula was missing a piece of rubber. That would make for an interesting breakfast.
I believe my success this morning was due in part to the massive spoonful of cocoa powder I included. I really can do smoothies every so often, mostly because I prefer my breakfast bowls, but including Greek yogurt helps pump up the volume and flavor.
Black Cherry Green Monster
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (~1/2 scoop works too)
1 scoop cocoa powder
¾ cup frozen fruit (I used the cherry berry mix from TJ’s along with a few frozen figs)
¼ cup oats
1 Tbsp flaxseed/chia seed
1 handful of spinach (fresh/frozen – I use frozen to add a thicker consistency)
1/3 cup Greek Yogurt (Chobani Black Cherry)
Dash of milk to help things start moving
I really should start looking into other breakfast ideas, especially the ones I can prepare at the beginning of the week and place in the fridge. Suggestions?