How many times have you woken up in the morning and barely have time for breakfast? Either you have to prepare your kids’ breakfast and their pack lunch for school or you’re naturally not a morning person who’s having a hard time sleeping at night. I used to be the latter. I go on with my day on an empty stomach almost every day and settle for instant coffee and biscuits when I reach the office. Not ideal, I know. I just can’t help it most of the time.
I came to my senses and decided this unhealthy lifestyle should stop. I make it a point not to miss a healthy breakfast even if I’m on a time crunch. This banana watermelon breakfast smoothie helped me out with my struggle. It’s basically a complete meal in a cup and only takes 5-7 minutes to prepare.
This smoothie has all the essential vitamins and mineral that a complete breakfast has and is equally convenient, satisfying, and delicious! The struggle of going with my day on an empty stomach is long gone. This banana watermelon breakfast smoothie gives me the energy to get me all the way to my lunch break.
Here is the recipe for my morning kick-starter, the Banana Watermelon Breakfast smoothie:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 ripe banana, sliced
- 1 cup frozen watermelon flesh
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1-2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
Put the almond milk, banana, watermelon flesh, coconut oil, chia seeds and powdered ginger in a blender and give it a spin on high. Puree until smooth. Pour into a glass or tumbler and serve immediately.
This recipe is so versatile you can swap the ingredients as per your preferences. You can replace almond milk with orange juice for a more fruity taste, or add a cup of yogurt to thicken the smoothie even more. Any fruit would fit so well with the recipe, I just use watermelon among others since it is a good for rehydration and is rich in lycopene which is good for the heart and is known to prevent various type of skin, and citrulline is known to be good for the heart and blood vessels and boost the immune system.
The banana and coconut not only give the smoothie a creamy consistency it adds health benefits as well. Coconut oil is rich in natural saturated fats which is good for the brain, helps promotes heart health and lower the risk of heart disease. Banana has a fair amount of fiber, and antioxidants and contains several essential nutrients, which are beneficial for heart health, digestion, and weight loss.
Adding ginger to the mixture gives the drink its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, you may add fresh grated ginger root if available, but the powder form has a that subtle flavor that not too overpowering.
Lastly chia seeds, known to be one of the “superfoods”, are rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. You’ll be surprised, you will feel more full for a longer period of time if you add at least a couple of spoonfuls of it in the smoothie.
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