There is something about smoothies for breakfast lately … I just can’t get enough. I think it is partially the portability factor. Especially in the summer when I am running all over trying to fit as much into a day as possible. It is also partially that they are so dang good and refreshing. Nothing better on a hot day at work than drinking a yummy, frozen smoothie. So, instead of my typical berry based smoothie, I went another route to mix it up. Okay, let’s be honest I was just day dreaming of piña coladas and going to Aruba!! But, I wound up with this totally delicious tropical breakfast smoothie.
A lot of people have asked me what I eat for breakfast on a typical morning and my answer, for the past 3 or 4 years, has been pretty much the same. An egg sandwich on an english muffin with avocado and hot sauce. The base of this sandwich is homemade whole wheat english muffins. Which a) saves a ton of money and b) make this sandwich so delicious. We get our eggs from a coworker who has chickens (super jealous). And, of course, avocado and hot sauce make everything better.
I love when things are simple, especially packing my lunch for the week. Which is why I love making this greek yogurt berry power parfait. It has all my favorite things, and it keeps me full for the rest of the work day! This baby is packed with berries, greek yogurt, peanut butter, oatmeal, and chia seeds. AKA- it is full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and feel good vibes. (Okay, that last one might not be scientifically proven.) Also, it is easy to adapt to whatever you have on hand. I used strawberries and some mixed berries from my freezer, but it would be equally delicious with bananas, peaches, kiwis, etc. Trust me, you’ve gotta give this power parfait a try!
Oh. Heck. Yes. This peaches and cream smoothie is my jam. It tastes like dessert, but it is actually a healthy and filling breakfast smoothie. Sign me up. It is loaded with, well you guessed it …. peaches!! But, there is also greek yogurt, a little milk, oats, and chia seeds. That is why this breakfast will actually keep you full all morning long! Plus, smoothies are awesome because you can take them on the go so easily. And as an added bonus, you can reminisce about high school dances where they played “Peaches and Cream” and everyone thought they were getting all sexy on the dance floor. But, in reality, we all looked like awkward preteens without an ounce of rhythm. You know what I’m talking about.
So, I wanted to make an oatmeal bar of some kind. I thought it would be the perfect thing to add to my lunch bag at work to give me that little fill me up. So I started searching for recipes and couldn’t find one that I was really jiving with. I wanted to make a blueberry bar, but everything with blueberries had you making a cornstarch and sugar reduction with the blueberries to turn them more into a jam consistency. I didn’t want to do that, I just wanted natural blueberry goodness. I also didn’t want to use a lot of sugar, or butter, or white flour (which I was finding in all the recipes I looked for). I wanted this to be a healthy snack, or even a busy grab and go breakfast! So I set out to create my own …. please remember, I am the proud ‘attempt-to-bake-but-epic-fail-every-time’ type.