No matter how healthy I am on vacation, there is always more alcohol, bread, dessert, and dinners out than usual. After indulging for a few days, I’m always ready to get back to my food, from my kitchen, and I’m especially excited to get back to my normal breakfast. It turns out that my normal breakfast isn’t so normal to restaurants in Europe. A usual breakfast consists of some bread, jam, cheese, and a croissant for good measure….none of which I would eat if I were at home. Yes, all of these things taste great, but they don’t give me the energy I need for a full day of travel. I personally don’t understand how this can be the norm, but that’s another post in and of itself.
After traveling last week, and being around sick travel buddies, I came home and got back to my normal breakfast routine, which usually consists of a smoothie or porridge, with the occasional bowl of cereal or granola. I opted for a few mornings of smoothies, like this vitamin c boost smoothie, so I could get some extra nutrients and ward off any potential travel germs. Can you guess what the main source of vitamin C is in this guy? Nope, it’s not the orange.
It’s the goji berries! They may be small but they pack a vitamin C punch. The smoothie turned out pretty tasty, so I deemed it worthy of sharing (I can’t say this is always the case!). The weather is getting better after all, and you might be ready to transition to some colder breakfasts. Let me know what you think of my “normal” breakfast!
Vitamin C Boost Smoothie
Feel a cold coming on? Make this vitamin C boost smoothie to help your immune system fight it off.
Total Time- 5 min
- 1 carrot, clean and chopped in 1-inch chunks
- ½ orange, peeled
- 1 cup // 250 mL water or non-dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoons goji berries
- 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
- A handful of spinach or other leafy greens
- Place all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Drink or eat with a spoon. Add additional toppings such as seeds, nuts, and additional goji berries.