In the past few weeks, I’ve slowly started to become a big fan of completing my hot yoga and BarreAmped classes for the day in the morning. The first couple times of my alarm going off at 5 a.m. were pretty rough (thankfully John was around to “encourage” me), but now I’ve really grown to enjoy working up a sweat before the sun rises. I love feeling that I’ve already accomplished something for the day and knowing that I won’t have to fight the inevitable excuse-making after work. One thing an early morning workout necessitates, however, is a breakfast that replenishes spent nutrients and keeps me on the right track for the day. My current obsession is to throw just 5 ingredients (strawberries, mango, banana, guava juice and coconut extract) into our new Vitamix for a tropical-inspired smoothie that’s as delicious and refreshing as it is easy. I’m planning to try coconut water in it next for extra hydrating benefits. Enjoy!
Strawberry, Mango & Guava Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 cup frozen mango
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup guava juice
3-5 drops of coconut extract (or try a splash of coconut water)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
Coconut flakes for topping (optional)
Combine the juice, coconut extract, flaxseeds and fruit in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Note that this does make a thick smoothie. Add a touch more guava juice or coconut water if you prefer a thinner consistency. Sprinkle a few coconut flakes on top and serve with a straw.