Making Mornings Run Smoothier

I wish I had a dollar for every time my mom said, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I’m sure that I rolled my eyes, but I now know that she was right. If you skip breakfast, you will be low on energy, have difficulty concentrating and actually have a greater tendency to overeat later in the day. In fact, studies have shown that people who frequently skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight. I know all this, but I just can’t find the time to eat breakfast. 

I am not a morning person. Actually, this is an understatement. I tend to stay in bed until the last possible second and then sprint around my apartment in a state of caffeine-fueled panic. I’ve tried every trick in the book to get myself up and going with time to spare, but the promise of a calm weekday morning pales beside the seduction of six more minutes of sleep.  

So if I eat breakfast at all, it’s a bagel or an English muffin since neither choice seems to cause my IBS-D to flare up. These simple carbs fill me up temporarily but after the inevitable sugar crash, I am left feeling tired, cranky and hungry again. All of the chemicals and sugars are likely promoting bad bacteria in my gut, which compromises both my immune system and my digestion. I want my breakfast to be healthy, keep me full until lunch and not send me running to the bathroom. My breakfast also needs to be quick to prepare, and I have to be able to eat it with one hand while running out the door. A smoothie would be filling, healthy and easy to hold, but how could I make one in 30 seconds? 

The answer hit me one evening last month when I was laying out my clothes for work. Why not organize my breakfast the night before also? I get out my blender and plug it in. Then I put all of the ingredients, except for the frozen berries and frozen banana, into the blender cup and stick that in the refrigerator. In the morning, all I have to do is throw in the frozen fruit and blend. My super nutritious smoothie is ready in less time than it takes to toast a bagel!   

You can do this with any smoothie combination that appeals to you, but I thought that I would share my new “go to” smoothie. It tastes great, it has protein to keep me full longer and it has Greek yogurt - a great probiotic food which keeps my gut healthy. 

Strawberry/Banana Smoothie

6 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt

1 peeled and frozen banana

½ cup old fashioned oats

6 frozen strawberries

2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon honey

Blend all ingredients together.

This new routine is working beautifully. I am on time for work, I have more energy and I don’t get hungry until lunchtime. I have also lost 2 pounds, and I have noticed that my IBS seems to be much better. This may also be because I am taking IBS/W every day. It’s an over-the-counter supplement that’s designed to help manage women’s IBS symptoms.