The Secret $1.50 Ingredient That Makes My Smoothies More Filling

published Jun 24, 2019
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All three of us in my current apartment have wildly different breakfast habits. Haley has egg whites with spinach, day in and day out; Christie has seven-grain toast with almond butter and Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves, or sliced bananas to mix it up; and I used to stick to free office coffee with a splash of cream and forget to eat anything until lunch rolled around. (It was bad, I know.)

Despite the fact that I knew I’d benefit from it, breakfast was never really my thing. I used to think that a big meal at the start of my day made me feel even more sleepy than I already was and somehow even more ravenous come lunchtime. I also thought that, if I just stuck to coffee, my metabolism wouldn’t kick in right away and thus would delay those lunchtime hunger pangs. I was totally mistaken and wasn’t doing my body (and, most importantly, my brain) justice.

After brainstorming ways to incorporate a breakfast I could stomach into my routine, I settled upon a daily green-ish smoothie situation — something that I could sip on over the course of the morning along with my coffee. I worked on a few concoctions and found that fresh spinach or kale, a handful of frozen fruit, almond milk, collagen powder, and a dash of cinnamon made for a pretty darn good smoothie. Once I found the perfect vessel to transport it to work in (and a stainless steel straw), I was pretty proud … if I say do so myself.

The most game-changing discovery I made throughout the process, though, was the addition of one special ingredient: RXBAR Nut Butter pouches. Each individual pouch contains peanut butter or almond butter, egg whites, dates, coconut oil, sea salt, and honey, cinnamon, or vanilla (depending on which flavor you choose). Because they contain both nut butter and egg whites, I start my day with a powerful protein/fat boost combo and wind up feeling full until lunch. A box of these runs around $15 for 10 pouches, which is enough for two work weeks’ worth of smoothies.

I’m proud to say that I’ve stuck to the whole smoothie thing for a few months now, thanks to my secret-weapon ingredient. What I didn’t realize was that I had inadvertently combined my roommates’ breakfast routines (egg whites/nut butter toast) into a unique routine of my own!

What’s your breakfast routine?