As most college students know, cooking can be difficult. I find myself rolling out of bed in the morning in pajamas and grabbing a pop-tart to go for class.
If you want to opt out of the deliciousness that is a pop-tart for a healthier, yet still just as easy to make breakfast, I want to recommend to you: The Breakfast Smoothie.
Wal-mart has this amazing invention called “The Hamilton Single Serve Blender” for the low low price of $12.00. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hamilton-Beach-Single-Serve-Blender-With-Travel-Lid/5924588 which can also be used as (drum roll please…) A TRAVEL MUG. The phrase “Best of both worlds” has been taken to a whole new level.
With this handy dandy invention, it’s now super easy to make a smoothie to go for your breakfast needs. The best part of a smoothie is that you can literally put anything into it! For the super health nut you can even put in flaxseed oil, protein powders and such.
Personally, I find it much easier to use frozen fruits. They are just as nutritious and you get a better texture from the smoothie. If you are going to be using the single serve blender as opposed to a regular one, the frozen fruit also comes in square shaped chunks that can be helpful for single servings. These can be purchased in frozen section at your local grocery store. Also helpful in your smoothie making adventures will be yogurt of your choice (although a lot of recipes call for vanilla), as well as different fruit juices.
The perks of a smoothie is that usually no matter what you throw in there, it’s going to taste good. Fruits have a way of being compatible with each other when put together. Personally, what I purchase is the 3lb bag of mixed fruit (contains strawberries, mango, pineapple, and peaches) for $7.98 from Wal-Mart. If I make a smoothie every day for breakfast, that bag will last me a little over two weeks. I also purchase a 32 oz. container of yogurt which ranges from 2-4 dollars depending on the brand you choose. Overall, the price to make your breakfast every morning should range from 60-85 cents per day depending on your fruit preference. If you prefer to have a specific recipe in mind rather than just throwing whatever you can reach for into your blender, here are some of my favorites.
The Razzmatazz Smoothie
• ½ cup orange juice, preferably calcium-fortified
• 1 banana
• ½ cup frozen, berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and/or strawberries
• ¼ cup low-fat plain yogurt
• 1 tablespoon(s) sugar, or Splenda
The Tropical Wave Smoothie
• 1 fresh mango, peeled and chopped (or 1 cup frozen chunks)
• 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
• 1/2 of a banana, fresh or frozen (nice and ripe)
• 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
• 1 cup milk
• A handful of ice