Are you a morning person?
I don’t know about you but I definitely need my coffee in the morning in order to function. Its pretty sad and I’ve tried a few times to wean myself off of my caffeine addiction but lets face it – I’m a happier person to be around after my first coffee of the day and why would I put others through me skipping that ritual?
I’ve been trying to think of ways to bring coffee and smoothies together so that I only have one hand occupied on my walk to the commuter train in the morning. I’ve got a couple of ideas and today I’ve been playing around in the kitchen working with various ingredients.
My criteria for coffee smoothies:
-Has to have coffee included (duh!)
-Has to have nutritional value (who needs completely empty calories?)
-Has to be drinkable, preferably through a straw (i’m weird, I know)
Banana Coffee Smoothie
This is pretty simple to execute but does require some thinking ahead. First off, you want the coffee to be cold. I recommend either keeping a cup or two of left over coffee, if you brew by the pot, in the fridge over night. Or, you can brew a cup if you use K-cups or other pods before you go to bed.
Then in the morning, simply add the coffee, a frozen banana, a cup of yogurt (I used frozen greek vanilla yogurt) and a cup of ice (or more if you prefer it to be really icy). Super quick, super yummy and no need to add sugar. You could add some honey, sugar or stevia if you prefer your smoothie sweet. Another option? Add a tbsp of flavoured creamer such as french vanilla or irish cream. Just gives a hint of extra flavour but also adds some calories.
Tip 1: I always have frozen bananas on hand as they are so versatile. Peel your bananas, slice and place in individual baggies so you can just grab and go.
Tip 2: Crank up the protein by adding your favourite Vanilla flavoured protein powder.
I’ll be sharing other variations in the very near future. Feel free to share your own coffee smoothies below.
Hope you have a great morning!