Making breakfast a priority

4 of the best smoothie recipes

Breakfast is often described as being the most important meal of the day as it kick starts your metabolism and provides you with energy to get your day started, but how many of us actually make this meal a priority? I never did, but that’s been changing and slowly I’m making time for me, eating healthier and slowly starting to exercise again.

Lets face it, I’m never going to be a size 0 nor do I want to be. I need to be comfortable in my skin, no matter how stretched, wrinkled and crinkled it may be – BUT I can be healthier. Yesterday I mentioned that slowly I was starting to get into the swing of being healthy again. Last year I was good, I focused on what I ate, I exercised and lost a few kg’s.

Being a working Mom means I don’t have ample time in the morning as jobs need to get done in order for us to be out of the house by 06:45am, most of these tasks I do in advance but when it comes to making breakfast I prefer making it fresh (no overnight soaked oats for me). Now I’m not fussy when it comes to what I’m consuming, be it eating or drinking – as long as it gives me what I need to function. One of the easy peezy things I have done lately is keep breakfast to a liquid diet, this means I can cut and pre-pack all the ingredients (except for fluid) into zip lock bags and store them in the freezer and when I’m ready to make them it literally requires 3 min of tossing it all into a blender, adding fluids and drinking.

For a great smoothie I’ve found you need the following

  • 1 part fluid

Suggestion: Water, Soy Milk, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Nut milk of choice, Skim / Full Cream / 2% Milks, Apple juice

  • 1 part fruit
  • 2 parts ice/frozen fruit
  • Flavouring to taste (optional)

Suggestion: Honey, Artificial sweetener, Dates

  • Thickener (optional)

Suggestion: Yogurt, Oats

  • Nutritional booster (optional)

Suggestion: Keep these smoothie add-ons at hand for an easy and intense nutrition boost ; Flax seed, Chia seeds, Wheat germ, Spirulina powder, Protein powder, SuperFood powders, Matcha

Check out some of these tried and tested recipes below, perhaps these inspire you to start making breakfast a priority again.


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 mango, skinned and chopped
  • 5 large strawberries, hulled

OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon wheat germ

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.


  • 1 cup coconut milk OR water
  • 1 frozen mango, skinned and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple, skinned and chopped
  • ½ frozen banana, sliced

OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.


  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • 2 cups stemmed, chopped spinach
  • 1 apple, (unpeeled) chopped
  • ½ avocado pear, chopped

OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon flaxseed or wheat germ

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add water if you prefer a smoother, more liquid smoothie.


  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, macadamia)
  • ½ cup frozen berries (mixed or plain)

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

As parents we stress the importance of our kids having breakfast, perhaps we should practice what we preach and take 5 min out of our morning to eat before we do anything else. Remember that breakfast should always be eaten within 1 hour of waking up.

If you have some great recipes you think I should try let me know down below

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