Antioxidant Packed Smoothie for Breakfast!

by Nikky Manausa on February 5, 2014

I admit it, I have a Tropical Smoothie Problem

About a year ago, I would occasionally grab a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie after difficult workouts. My personal fLavorite is their “Health Nut” (appropriately named). Now, I’m a frequent flyer and my credit card company loves me for it! I’ll write another time about why I love this franchise because my love affair with Tropical Smoothie deserves a post all on its own!

Today’s Breakfast – An Antioxidant Rich Smoothie

My breakfast varies day-to-day depending on what I feel my body needs, but I always include protein because it helps my body repair itself.

This week I am in what Hal Higdon would refer to as  “zero week” (full-blown recovery mode). I just PR’d (personal record) my 6th marathon on Sunday at the Tallahassee Marathon, and I think I deserve a little recovery!

I am a proponent of whole-food antioxidants. In fact, I am an advocate for whole-food sources in general (I try to minimize process foods for my family). Hence, my smoothie is a perfect blend of both protein and nutrients to help maximize my recovery. Knowing which foods have antioxidants is fairly simple. First, the best sources come from fruits and vegetables. Second, think color. The deeper the color, the better. (Red wine is an antioxidant, but this is a smoothie, not a breakfast cocktail!)

How to Make a Power-Packed Smoothie

My smoothie today included:

Blackberries, blueberries, dark red cherries, raspberries, strawberries, a couple splashes pomegranate juice, one scoop of Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein, about a cup of crushed ice, and just enough water to blend. Nope, no added sugar needed, I promise!

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Here is how much I used (who has time to measure?!):

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Then I blended until smooth, popped it in my Tropical Smoothie cup because it warranted such a presentation, and felt good knowing I was fueling my body with nutrient-dense food! (Further, I impressed myself that I could pour and take a picture at the same time. Who knew I was so coordinated?)

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What about the kids?

My kids love smoothies! When I make them smoothies, I leave out the Whey and add Greek yogurt as a protein source. They need protein, too! I typically will add a banana to theirs because bananas make the smoothie creamier and are an excellent source of potassium and energy. Nut butters are also a delicious addition, adding protein and healthy fats to help their body absorb all the vitamins they are ingesting. Click here for a quick explanation regarding the importance of consuming fat for vitamin absorption.

What kind of smoothies do you enjoy?

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