Healthy, low sugar breakfast that tastes like dessert? Yes please!
I’m a smoothie-for-breakfast-everyday person. I know some people don’t like cold food in the winter, but I love smoothies all year round.
For me, a smoothie is the perfect way to get a nutritious, protein-packed meal that’s portable and tastes delicious.
My smoothies are always ‘green’. Leafy greens are alkalizing and full of vitamins and minerals we need for energy, so I prefer to eat them at every meal. I buy the big bags of leafy greens at Costco, and I like to throw the bag in the freezer! With frozen greens and frozen fruit, I don’t need to add ice to my smoothie. Plus, I don’t have to worry about the greens going bad so quickly! Depending on the time of year, leafy greens wilt quickly after getting them home.
If drinking something green freaks you out, I’ve got solutions!
- Add enough blueberries, and your smoothie will turn purple.
- Add a beet, and you’ll get a hot pink concoction!
- Add cacao powder (or cocoa powder), and you can get a pretty decent shade of brown. Although I’m not sure that’s better than green:)
I love to add a drop or two of essential oil to my smoothies for flavor AND therapeutic benefit.
This smoothie uses Cinnamon essential oil. Why Cinnamon?
- Strengthens immune system
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels
- Supports healthy metabolism
- Sugar-free way to get a sweet flavor!
Of course dried cinnamon spice would work here, but remember, essential oils are 50-70x more powerful than herbs, so 1 drop of essential oil will be much more beneficial.
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, or water
- 2 handfuls leafy greens
- 1/2 - 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (or flax meal)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1-2 drops doTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend thoroughly.
- For less-powerful blenders, blend the greens and liquid first, then add other ingredients and continue blending until smooth.
- For a sweeter smoothie, add 1/2 frozen banana.
- In place of protein powder, try 2-3 tablespoons hemp seeds OR 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter.
Other yummy essential oils to add to smoothies include:
- Peppermint (energy and digestive help!)
- Wild Orange (powerful antioxidants for your immune system)
- Lemon (cleansing and supports digestive system)
- Ginger (healthy digestion and helps with nausea)
Have you used essential oils in your smoothies? Comment below with your favorite!