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This thick and creamy breakfast smoothie tastes almost too decadent to be good for you. High in Fiber and Protein and packed with minerals – Everything a breakfast smoothie should be. And it takes all of three minutes to make, so it’s perfect for school mornings when things aren’t going to plan. Which is most Monday mornings at our place.
I don’t know why, but breakfasts always seems to be the hardest meal of the day. Mornings surprise my two boys. They wake up every morning with a look on their face like they are being punished when I kick them out of bed. I have to shout, coerce and pretty much drag them to the school bus. My girls are totally opposite. They treat every morning like an opportunity to get things done. I don’t know if it the morning vs non morning thing, but everyone is on a different breakfast timetable. The boys could eat a massive ‘The Works’ breakfast fry up the second they open their eyes, whilst my girls opt for a slice of toast or a light snack. They only get hungry at morning tea. I’ve tried for years to get some sort of congruent appetite happening but now I’ve given up.
I try and keep week day breakfasts simple and fast. Kids get to have a big or small serve depending on their appetite and I have learned not to fuss about how much they eat.
A typical breakfast menu for the week is generally one of these five meals. On weekends I mix it up a bit with pancakes or breakfast fry up:
So why are Bananas good for you?
Every wondered why we eat bananas for breakfast? Bananas are among the most widely consumed fruit on the planet. And for good reason too. These curvy yellow fruits pack a punch when it comes to there nutritional value.
8 Health benefits you get from eating Bananas:
1. Heart health – They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating.
2. Depression and mood – Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression “due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter,” Flores said.
3. Sleep Aid – Bananas contain Vitamin B6 which can help you sleep well as well as magnesium which helps to relax muscles.
4. Digestion – Bananas are high in fiber, which can help keep you regular. One banana can provide nearly 10 percent of your daily fiber requirement.
5. Weight Loss – Vitamin B6 can also help protect against type 2 diabetes and aid in weight loss because they taste sweet and are filling, which helps curb cravings. They also help sustain blood sugar levels during workouts.
6. Vision – Step aside Carrots! Bananas do their share to help our vision too. The fruit contain a small but significant amount of vitamin A, which is essential for protecting your eyes, maintaining normal vision and improving vision at night.
7. Bones – According to a 2009 article in the Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry, bananas contain an abundance of fructooligosaccharides. These are nondigestive carbohydrates that encourage digestive-friendly priobotics and enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
8. Cancer – Some evidence suggests that moderate consumption of bananas may be protective against kidney cancer. A 2005 Swedish study found that Women eating four to six bananas a week halved their risk of developing kidney cancer.
Peanut Butter, Banana & Chai Seed Breakfast Smoothie
- 3 ripe bananas roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons of 100% peanut butter
- 2 cups Almond Milk or Whole milk
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey optional
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
- Add 1/2 cup ice if you want it cold.