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With the new year in full swing, you may be trying to shed those extra pounds brought on by the holiday season. 

Research shows that consuming a healthy breakfast allows us to have more endurance, more energy, and better concentration throughout the day.  

We also know that on average, people who eat breakfast weigh less than people who skip breakfast.  

For a couple of years now, my husband and I have been drinking smoothies for breakfast.  

I really like them because they don’t weigh you down, and they seem to be a healthy way to start the day.  

Recently, I was reading about the benefits of leafy greens, such as spinach and kale.  These types of foods contain so many nutrients and vitamins that we should really be eating at least three or four servings per day.  

If you are like me it is rare that I get more than one or two servings per day of these dark green vegetables. So, I began adding a cup of spinach or kale to my regular fruit smoothie in the morning.

Sure, it altered the taste a bit, but knowing I am getting that serving of vitamins and nutrients to start the day has made it totally worth it.      

The other smoothie I have been making is one that will give you lots of energy and keep you full, so you won’t over eat at lunch.  

The almonds and oats make it rich in fiber, and this one tastes delicious.  

I find that whenever I eat something too light in the morning I seem to be really hungry by lunch, and then I end up not making as healthy of a choice.

Both of these smoothies are sure to start your day off right and give you energy for that new workout plan in 2013.

Ingredients:
Green smoothie
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 of a banana
1 cup loosely packed spinach or kale
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon honey

Oats and almonds smoothie
1 banana
1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup oats
12-15 almonds
1/2 cup almond milk

Directions:
For both recipes, add all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until the ingredients are mixed well and it has a smooth, consistent texture.

Single serving

 
 
 
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