Growing up in an asian household, it was very rare that I would have oatmeal, cereal, or smoothies for breakfast. It was more like eggs, bacon (or some form of meat) and rice or Pandesal, a delicious Filipino sweet bread toasted and spread with lots of butter and jam. I was able to get away with it as a child but as an adult, I quickly learned that a healthy balance is key. While I still love and enjoy the occasional hearty breakfast, most days I opt for a nutritious breakfast I can have on-the-go that will give me the energy I need to keep up with the kids, accomplish my tasks while being in a great mental and physical state .
Smoothies have been one of those things that grew on me. At first I just couldn’t get used to drinking my breakfast instead of eating it but after testing out a few recipes and playing around with my Vitamix, I came up with this strawberry banana concoction that got me hooked and is sure to make anyone convert!
Plus, this recipe includes three of the mood boosters that help beat depression and anxiety.
Try this strawberry banana mint smoothie for breakfast but also as a pre or post-workout snack. Just substitute the collagen powder with your favorite protein powder and you’re set. I hope you give it a try!
Strawberry Banana Mint Smoothie
(makes 2 servings)
2 Cups of frozen strawberries
2 Mint leaves (Mint is a calming and soothing herb that helps to ease digestion)
3 Cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk (I like the Califia Farms brand because of its creamy texture without any artificial extras)
1 Generous handful of pre-washed organic baby spinach
1 Scoop of collagen (My favorite is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for glowing skin and stronger hair and nails)
1 Tbsp of chia seeds