Two Breakfast Options For Busy Mornings
Mornings are a rush. Not just for me, but for you too. Once again I’ve been trying to find the ultimate post-workout smoothie that will give me the energy I need to be productive until lunch time without a lot of fuss.
Adding white beans to smoothies has been around for awhile. Now everyone is adding oatmeal. What if I made a white bean oatmeal smoothie with a dab of Greek yogurt, a little almond milk and fruit?
I decided to try it and come up with two White Bean Oatmeal Smoothie recipes for you to try.
The first one calls for:
- One cup of Greek yogurt (130 calories)
- One cup of white beans (220 calories)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 cup of old fashion oatmeal (150 calories)
- 1/4 almond milk – you can use skim or soy milk if preferred (20 calories)
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit or berries (40 calories)
- Ice (the smoothie is thick so don’t skip on the ice)
White Bean Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients
Blend together and add a cup or more of ice. I found the ice improves the texture and flavor.
This smoothie is about 520 calories, has a substantial amount of protein from the beans and yogurt, and is very filling. I drank half of the smoothie – one cup – and froze the remaining portion to have tomorrow when I’m rushing out the door.
In the second recipe I put all of the same ingredients in the smoothie maker, but replaced the frozen fruit with frozen bananas and added a tablespoon of sweetened chocolate.
Tip – there is no need to throw away bananas that are slightly ripe. Peel them, cut them in quarters and place in a freezer bag and toss them in the freezer. They are great additions to smoothies when you don’t have fresh bananas on hand.
One cup of white beans has about 17 grams of protein. FAGE Greek yogurt – which is the kind that I used – has 23 grams of protein in a 6 oz. serving. A half of a cup of oatmeal has 2 grams of fiber. The combination of the beans, yogurt and oatmeal make these smoothies a high protein, high fiber breakfast that will restore muscle tissue, and rehydrate you after a workout. The best part is they will fill you up so you’re not wondering what you’re going to eat next.
What’s your go-to breakfast in a hurry?