Running Dirty. Eating Clean. Loving Life.

Power Breakfast

I’ll be the first to admit that breakfast is not my strong suit.  While I am good about eating it every day, I’m not a morning person, so I tend to opt for the quick and easy.  If I have to be at work in the morning, I’m one of those that runs out the door with just enough time to go through the Starbucks drive-thru or grab a gas station breakfast (translation: cream filled Bismark and cheap coffee) on my way to work.  So when I was scheduled to open at the gym this morning, meaning getting up at 4:45 on a Saturday morning, the urge to grab some over priced coffee and a scone was beyond tempting.  Then I remembered that both the waist line and the fast food budget are in need of a little trimming, so I pulled myself out of bed, plugged in the blender, and made the chocolate banana green smoothie that Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me posted a few days ago as part of her clean eating challenge.   So instead of a calorie packed sugar fest, I had a delicious smoothie that fed my early morning chocolate craving and was packed full of protein, omega 3’s, and all kinds of other stuff that I’ve been told is really good for me.  Then I had some FREE coffee at work to get my caffeine fix in.  Win-win.

Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie

2 cups baby spinach
1 cup almond milk (no almond milk, so I made mine with plain old skim)
1 frozen Banana (I used a fresh banana.  Still yummy, but a little warm)
1 tbsp cocoa
1 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla)
2 tbsp ground flax


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