If you’re a nursing student on the go, you don’t always have time to prepare elaborate meals throughout the day – but you’ve still got to fuel up properly to stay energized for a busy day of studying, simulation lab practice and clinical rotations. Smoothies are an easy way to pack in a powerful punch of nutrients to start your day off right or carry you through an afternoon slump.
Try this smoothie for a quick breakfast or a mid-day pick-me-up:
- 1 cup milk (non-dairy, if desired)
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (non-dairy, if desired)
- ½ frozen banana
- ¼ avocado
- 1-2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon or 1-inch cube of fresh ginger (optional – if you’re in the mood for an extra kick)
- 1 tablespoon of dried coconut flakes (optional)
- ½ cup ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender* and blend on high to desired consistency. Voila!
* For best results, place liquids in the blender first, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Save ice for last.
If you’re looking for an added punch of protein or a thicker consistency, try adding your favorite protein powder or silken tofu. For an extra dose of healthy fats, toss in some chia, hemp or flax seeds or a tablespoon of almond butter. Need more fiber to get you moving in the morning? Psyllium husks will do the trick. And for some extra hydration and a touch of sweetness, go for coconut water.
Feel free to experiment with your favorite smoothie combos – just be sure to include proper portions of protein, carbs (fruit) and healthy fats – and some veggies if you can!
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