As much as I love breakfast, I’m a terrible breakfast eater. I know that all the research says that people who eat breakfast are smarter and skinnier. But most days I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’m not hungry right when I wake up and since I work from home I typically linger for hours over my coffee while I start my day. And then it’s time to eat lunch! But I’ve been making an effort to eat breakfast, whether it’s a bit of oatmeal, yogurt and granola, or a bowl of cereal. Or smoothies. These have become my go to breakfast – quick and easy to make, full of nutrients, and just enough to tide you over until lunch.
Since it’s mango season in Israel I’ve been eating them in everything. Mango pudding, mango chicken, and mango smoothies galore! Sometimes I keep it simple with mangoes and yogurt for a lasso-style drink, but for something a little more exciting I like to throw in orange juice and chia seeds for a boost. The edible seeds from the salvia plant, chia seeds are richer in omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds, and are a good source of fiber, iron, calcium, and lots more. I love how they expand slightly in the yogurt, giving the smoothie a little added texture.
- 3 ounces (100 ml or almost ½ cup) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 small or ½ large mango, peeled and chopped
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (Alternately, put them in a tall container and use an immersion blender.)
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!