One thing that I’ve definitely committed to doing more this year is having a healthy breakfast every day.
Years ago, I was never a breakfast person. As a teen, I got up too early to eat breakfast and would often have a very greasy school lunch (is it any wonder I was on the edge of being obese?). As a young adult, I would often sleep in and forget about breakfast all together, opting instead for an early lunch. But then when it came time to lose weight, I learned just how important breakfast really is.
Ever since then, I’ve been pretty good about breakfast–except that once in a while, I’ll seriously slip. And that’s what started happening a lot this past Fall. I got busy and started to forget to make breakfast. I’d run out of the house without anything, usually feeling okay at first. By 11 in the morning, though, I’d be ravenous. I would eat an early lunch, then be starving again by 4 p.m. A vicious cycle, isn’t it?
So this year I’m breaking that cycle and going back to my breakfast-loving ways. Of course, I started with a juicing 101 guide but then quickly moved on to my favorite new morning obsession: healthy Latin-inspired smoothies! The first was my avocado star breakfast smoothie, which was amazing. But now I’m sharing the next installment, which comes straight from my mami’s garden: the healthy breakfast papaya smoothie!
- 1 large papaya
- 10 baby bananas, or 6 medium-sized bananas
- 2 mandarin oranges, juiced
- 1 (17.6 ounce) 0% fat Greek yogurt
- Peel the papaya, then cut into half and scoop out the seeds.
- Chop the papaya into squares.
- Peel the bananas and cut in half.
- Finally, combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and mix.
- Add 1-2 cups of water (as needed) and mix again.
- Separate into easy-to-serve containers. Makes 8 cups.
Are you making yourself a healthy breakfast in the new year?
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