Quick and Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

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Few days ago, my colleagues were having a conversation at work about good and healthy breakfast, its benefits and how it boosts metabolism etc.

 

Research has proved that eating breakfast improves memory and concentration. Even though we try to follow this at home as much as possible, with today’s hectic schedules, long commute a full sit-down breakfast is not always possible. So many a days we end up skipping breakfast and end up having a heavy lunch which is not very desirable.

 

I have also read that even having an energy bar and a glass of milk can go a long way towards helping staying focused and engaged. But I am not a huge fan of the store brought bars.

 

I tried to look for other ideas for easy and healthy breakfast that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. Another important thing I was looking for was incorporating milk in the mix and Breakfast smoothie was on the top of the list. Breakfast smoothies can be prepared in a jiffy and is a blend of fruits, milk, juices etc all the right things to kick start the day. I made this and loved the taste.

 

 

 

Here is one question I have and I would love to read your thoughts or appreciate any feedback:

 

 What are the drawbacks (if any), if I prepare this blend of smoothie the night before? Will there be problem with the nutrients if I store it in the fridge the previous night and drink it the next day morning?

 

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup mangoes cubed
  • ½ cup cantaloupe
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup orange juice (cold)
  • ½ cup milk (cold)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Oats (quick cooking)
  • Flax seeds (optional)

 

Method:

 

  • Grind the Oats separately to powder and keep aside.
  • Blend the fruits together until it turns fine. Add milk if required.
  • Add the remaining milk, orange juice and oats and blend well.  Sprinkle flax seeds over the top. Enjoy cold.

 

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27 comments

  1. mahimaa says:

    nice.. healthy shake with flax seeds and oats.. next time i shud also blend these two along with other ingredients

    nice pic.

  2. Upsi says:

    RC,
    I don’t think there would be loss of nutrients, but the problem you might run into, would be with the composition/texture.
    When I make a smoothie and do not wash the left overs right away, I’ve seen it curdle to the top and when you drink it after an hour or so, it lost the smooth composition of a smoothie.
    See what I am saying?
    To save time in the morning, maybe you can cut the fruits the night before (not that you didn’t think of that).
    ===

  3. Upsi says:

    Another suggestion for a quick, healthy breakfast on the go would be a parfait.
    A low fat vanilla yogurt layered with fruits and topped with some granola cereal/oat powder.

  4. Divya Vikram says:

    I find that the smoothies prepared at night dont stay that fresh in the morning.I find that the liquids seperate.. I sometimes chop the fruits and combine all the ingredients except the milk and freeze/refridgerate them. In the morning just thaw for a few min an blend with milk to get a cold smoothie.I haave a similar recipe with oats in my blog..

  5. indosungod says:

    Some fruits in the smoothie change color. Like apple for example starts to turn brown/black even after sitting for less than an hour outside. Like some of the others have suggested cut the fruits the night before but blend them just before you drink it.

  6. SuperChef says:

    very delicious and helathy with all the fruits n the flax seeds n oats. I can see that others have already answered your doubts! 🙂

  7. Soma says:

    That would be luxurious breakfast.. even after reading so much & knowing so much, i still don’t have breakfast:-(

    Smoothies don’t taste as good if you leave them in the fridge:-( they look weird too.. goes into unappetizing layers.

  8. Alka says:

    That looks delsihhhhhhhh, wish i could grab one rt frm here, i am so lazy to make such wonderful things in morning 🙂

  9. sunshinemom says:

    I like fruits rather than fruit blends as fruits are not be blended with milk and both will lose the nutrients! Why not just mix dry fruits with cooked oats for breakfast, and precede that by having fresh fruits. I agree the taste might suffer, but it is the right way to preserve the nutrients. It is quite fast too if you don’t mind biting into a whole apple and working your way through it!!

    Once in a while I would like it your way too:)

  10. suparna says:

    Hi Supriya,
    Tha’s a wonderful write up which would encourage many NOT to skip breakfast 🙂 as many of them have already suggested…I too feel that if u keep the smoothie prepared over night, it might change texture, (weirdly sticky, curled n stuff) flavour and could get awfully sour. It would be best to cut the fruits and refrigerate it and prepare the smoothie the next morning 🙂 I think I too echoed more or less the same 🙂

    nice thick smoothie,tha’s a bright click.
    Happy weekend
    TC

  11. sahiti says:

    Really healthy smoothie with full of nutrients…this one.Must be delicious too.Your questions are already been answered…Just I want to add my two cents…It is better to sprinkle ground flax seeds as the seeds have a tendency to pass through.

  12. Vaishali says:

    I used to skip breakfast all the time, but when I finally got on the breakfast wagon, I realized just what a difference it makes. I don’t think I’ve ever missed out on the day’s most important meal in years now! This smoothie would be a perfect breakfast boost.

  13. Lisa says:

    This sounds wonderful. I think it would be even better for you if you prepared it the night before using regular oats. Soaking the oats overnight breaks down the phytates.

  14. Bharti says:

    I love smoothies for breakfast or anytime for that matter. I also prefer to make them right before drinking. For best texture, I prefer to use some frozen fruits and yogurt not milk. To prepare the night before cut up the fruits (except banana)and put in the blender. Keep the blender in the fridge. In the morning, just throw in the banana, juice and yogurt and give it a whizz.

  15. redchillies says:

    Thank you all very much for the feedback and lots of information. All my queries have been answered and along with that I also got ideas from you all that will help me a lot.

  16. Madhumathi says:

    Gorgeous smoothie..Im living with mangoes now a days.I tried ur eggless mango cake.It was amazing..Thanks for the wonderful recipe 🙂

  17. naiya says:

    Hey , i stumbled upon your blog … n gone through this recipe.

    But I would STRONGLY suggest that its never good to take milk with fruits ( specially those fruits that taste tangy)

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