When people try to eat healthier, there is one meal in particular that they seem to struggle with:
Which is understandable! Most of us have been trained to see cereal and toast as "starting our day off right" when it comes to breakfast foods.
Really, these processed choices are just setting us up for more inflammation.
So I wanted to tell you about a simple breakfast idea that will promote your health instead of compromise it.
Here's what you need:
✅ 1/2 can of coconut milk (Thai Kitchen and Native Forest are my favorites)
✅ Half a banana
✅ A few strawberries or blueberries
✅ A wedge of pineapple
✅ Water and ice
I've got a Vitamix blender, which has been a workhorse in my kitchen for more than 20 years! But you can use most any blender. Just combine everything, blend it, and you'll get a tasty and healthy drink.
If you want it sweeter and don't mind some extra carbs, put a spoonful of raw honey in. This type of honey is unprocessed, unheated, unfiltered honey. It's excellent, and I've been using that for years.
You can also give your smoothie a protein boost. The brand Great Lakes has a beef gelatin protein. If you're trying to avoid dairy like whey protein powder, things like that, I would go with the green one that I use. You can get that off of Amazon.
You might wonder why I use coconut milk over traditional cow's milk, or even choices like almond milk. Coconut milk is really, really rich in healthy fat. That's what is a big missing ingredient in the typical American diet, especially sick people. We've been told that we shouldn't have fat. That it makes us fat. That it gives us heart disease, especially saturated fat. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. It's something that we need to help heal ourselves, help burn fat, make hormones, and just regulate brain functions. There's so much about healthy fat that we need. That it does what we need in our body.
I wanted to make mention of something else that people tend to have misconceptions about. This smoothie adds up to about 500 calories, which isn't too bad. A lot of people have been on calorie-deprivation diets for too long.
But there is still something to the idea that consuming too many calories when your body's not effectively able to burn those calories, especially the fat calories. That's something you need to work yourself into.
In the beginning, you might want to use a quarter or a third of the can of coconut milk. Over time, you'll notice your body becomes better at burning calories, and then you can start to use more and more of the coconut milk. But subtracting some of the coconut milk or fruit will keep your carbs down if you want to do that, and you don't need to add in any honey to sweeten if carbs are your concern.
Don't be afraid to experiment with this breakfast recipe -- add in some spinach or anything else that will give it a nutritional boost! Healthy breakfast ideas don't have to involve complex recipes or costly ingredients.
If you like getting information on nutrition, I highly recommend that you head over to my YouTube channel. I've got quite a few videos on there that will be of interest to you!