I’m notorious for being a late sleeper – I sleep late at night and wake up even later in the morning. Every weekday morning becomes a bitter fight involving multiple alarm clocks, hitting the snooze button a million times, and a pillow being thrown at me by the wife tired of hearing the constantly ringing alarms. Then it is a mad dash to get ready to head to work – and since I’d rather spend a few extra minutes in the morning picking out the perfect tie for my shirt than making breakfast, I used to grab a couple of bananas on the way out.
Then I discovered the perfect, quick way to get a variety of fruits into my system first thing in the morning: smoothies! I pick up whatever fresh berries / fruits look good at the local fruit stand over the weekend and throw them in to the blender with some skim milk and voila – my nutrient-packed, delicious, low-fat breakfast for the work week is ready. I also have bit more of an incentive to wake up now, given the tasty treat that awaits me.
I store the smoothie in a pitcher in the fridge, stir it up every morning and pour out a glass. When I get into a steady gym-routine, I even mix in some protein powder to up the muscle-building quotient of my morning treat – coz, you know, I still dream of being totally ripped.
Most weeks, the weekly smoothie starts with a base of berries with some banana, peach or orange juice added in for extra flavor. This week, I found good blackberries and raspberries, so it’s going to be a double blast of berry for me. The berries are still surprisingly sweet for this time of the year, so I won’t need to add any additional sweetening.
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
- 1 pint fresh blackberries
- 2-3 Ice cubes
- 3 cups skim milk
- Throw the ice cubes into the blender and crush.
- Add the berries and milk, and process till smooth.
- That’s it! Taste it to check for consistency (remember it will thicken up a bit in the fridge) and sweetness, pour into a pitcher and store in the fridge.