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Perky Pick Me Up Smoothie

Alexandra Williams, MA

An excellent way to start your day is with a healthy breakfast smoothie. If done right, it’s a blended concoction that is nutritious and delicious!

Perky Pick Me up SmoothieAnd if done to perfection, Mr. Smooth himself, Barry White, would hand me this smoooooooth concoction every morning! Come on now, I can’t be the ONLY person who sings, “Never Gonna Give You Up” to my morning beverage!

Since so many of my fitness students do not eat a proper breakfast, I’m sharing this recipe as a way of encouraging all of you to start your day out right. It only takes a few minutes to throw everything in the general direction of your blender, and voila!! – a glassful of your recommended daily intake for so many nutrients is just about signed, sealed and delivered (nope, not Barry White – Stevie Wonder).

As a bonus, this recipe is full of foods recommended for increasing your brain power. I’m making no promises that you’ll get smarter, but it’s nice to start your day with the potential to boost your brain! We go into more detail in our post “Brain Envy” that talks about the link between your brain, your nutrition and your movement habits.

Perky Pick Me Up Smoothie Recipe
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2 oz. blueberries
1 oz. plain Greek yogurt
4 Tbl brewed green tea, cooled
2 leaves kale (with spine removed) or other dark, leafy greens (i.e., swiss or red chard)
4 oz. Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla
2 Tbl applesauce

smoothie ingredientsCombine all ingredients in a blender or juicer and blend until smooth.

Makes 1 serving

Calories saved by using Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla milk instead of low-fat moo milk: 25

 

 

 

 

Okay, anyone can throw ingredients into a blender, but you will be astounded at how fun I make the “ingredient throwing” in this video.

Get even smarter by reading the rest of this post, ‘cause this is the part where I tell you why the almond milk is such a great choice in this smoothie. First, it has less than half the calories of skim milk (30 versus about 80 for a single serving). Second, it is not cow’s milk. I’m somewhat lactose intolerant anyway. Third, almond milk tastes very creamy and delectable (I just love that word). Fourth, I’m a vegetarian, and it’s from the infamous almond vegetable plant! hahaha. Okay, an almond tree. But that’s still something that grows from the ground, not something that walks on it! And finally, it’s GMO-free. I would never feed modified food to my boys, so why feed it to myself?

I’m fond of products that have the word “pure” in them!

Silk Pure Unsweetened Almond Milk

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Photo credits: Blueberries:  brx0, Almonds:  artizone, Green Tea:  balaam, Kale: urbangarden

Disclosure: I was compensated by FitFluential LLC for this campaign. All opinions, recipes and taste buds are my own.

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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20 Responses to Perky Pick Me Up Smoothie

  1. Courtney Bennett February 14, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    This Smoothie looks yummy. Can’t wait to try it!!
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  2. Jody - Fit at 55 February 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    As I wrote on your YouTune video – I kept waiting for the funny you & the payoff was great! :) This sounds delish & like how you linked it to brain health too! YUM!
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      hahahah, yes, Jody, I was afraid they wouldn’t run it if I acted like myself. Then I realized there had to be a reason I was one of 2 people asked to do a video. So I figured I would just be me! Thanks for the compliments.
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  3. Mindy Artze February 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    You are so darn awesome! Love it! I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds like I need to! Thanks!
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Thanks, Mindy. My level of awesome is debatable, depending on who’s doing the talking! According to me, I agree with you!!!
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  4. sarsm February 17, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Sounds delicious!
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  5. alexandria February 19, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Sounds good yummmy!

  6. Elle @ Symptoms of Mono February 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    This looks delicious! I like to put greek yogurt in all my smoothies because it makes the smoothie thicker (and adds extra protein!). I’ve never tried to put green tea in a smoothie before, but it definitely sounds like a great pick me up drink! Do you usually put homemade applesauce or the stuff from the stores?
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    • AlexandraFunFit May 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      You have me there, Elle, as I use applesauce from the store or the farmers market. I do a lot of my food at home, but haven’t tried making my own applesauce yet. I buy the unsweetened, organic brands.
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  7. Calla Gold February 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Yum yum yummy! It looked good, and then you went and made it in a video, and it just looks awesome.

  8. Lorena Sanders March 6, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    I really give importance to breakfast, in fact it is the most important meal we should have, it seems it serves our starting energy though there are some cases I skip breakfast especially during busy period and rush hour. I love smoothies. in fact making smoothies is one thing I always do so that I can “eat” a particular fruit or vegetable which usually I don’t eat. thanks for sharing.
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    • AlexandraFunFit May 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      I”m just like you Lorena – if it’s in my smoothie then I know I’ve had my fruit/ veggie intake for the day. Otherwise, I tend to think, “Later, later,” which might not happen. For me, throwing it all into the blender (especially the kale, which I don’t like to eat cooked in general) solves the problem.
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  9. Cathy May 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Love this smoothie recipe. Tried it this morning and it was great. I make smoothies and fresh juices in a juicer for health reasons. Always appreciate a tasty smoothie recipes.

    Thanks for this one!

  10. cathy e May 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    I found this site yesterday and it rocks. I like finding good help and information on health in general and because I am a boomer too it is just so nice to see a site dedicated to this part of the population.

    Cathy

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