I'm a morning person if by morning that means as of 6 a.m. (I rarely am up and about earlier unless there's a race or something). From about 6-9 a.m. I truly believe I get in some of my most focused and quality work. Then I usually like to take a break and train from 9-12. Then eat, then back to work. Not every day is like that though. These days I'm often rushing out the door at 7 a.m. to do a personal training session or other work stuff.
This morning I was on a roll working hard, but I had to leave no later than 7:30 a.m. to get to SPI. By 7:20 a.m. I was still working and had only had my coffee -- no brekkie yet. Crap! Now, if you know me, I make a BIG deal out of breakfast; it's the most important meal of the day and I make sure I get in a lot of quality calories. I never skip or forget breakfast (I don't get how others do that?!). But all my typical brekkies are about a 20-30 minute cooking production and not very portable. Crap.
In a scramble I decided the Vitamix was the only way I could pack in a bunch of nutritious and substantial stuff real quick; portable too. (Btw, I can't survive on fruit smoothies alone, need more substance!) The concoction I made was stellar. It yielded a crapload of smoothie, but I ended up having all of it from the time I started with my first client until I personally finished working out at noon.
So wanted to share the recipe...
1/2 cup uncooked oats (cooked probably works too, but I had no time)
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (25 g protein/130 cals)
1/2 cup cooked kobacha squash (had this leftover in fridge, I might have added more than 1/2c)
10 large frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
2-3 tbsp ground CHIA SEEDS (a new fav!!)
2 packets stevia
sprinkle of cinnamon
ice cubes (about a handful; but I didn't keep track of how many)
Blend up! You may need to add a little more liquid (water or almond milk); it's real thick! In a way, it kind of reminded me of oatmeal cookie batter but fruitier and more fro-yo like.
Pretty sure the whole drink is about 600 calories +/- 50, which is pretty decent for breakfast all in liquid form! It kept me very sustained throughout my active morning. However, I'm not gonna lie, by the time I had finished a 2700 swim and 6-mile run, I was ready for lunch!
PS#1 - Sorry no pics, forgot! But I'll be making it again, guarantee it :)
PS#2 - This was the first time I've eaten uncooked oats (although, they're actually already cooked since they're toasted or something, right?). Anyone have any thoughts/reasons as to why eating uncooked vs. cooked oats is good or bad?? Or no difference?
PS#3 - Don't mean for this to sound like an ad; it kinda does, huh! Lol.