It's also a great way to get ride of the fruit you hate to throw away, but is just a bit too .. ripe .. to eat.
The banana that's just a bit too brown? Throw it in the blender, if you don't want to go to the hassle (or calories) of making it into bread. And at Trader Joe's and other health food stores, you can grab some whole ground flax seed ground and maybe some protein powder to squeeze in some extra omega 3s and B vitamins, and protein (obviously).
I've recently been adding nuts to smoothies, which makes them thicker and also adds some extra nutrients.
Unless you have someone in the house who sleeps in later then you who might be woken up with the grinding of a blender, this is an excellent alternative to a bowl of cereal, oatmeal, or eggs in the morning. It's very filling and you can eat it on the go, if you're really in a hurry.
-- Lauren Williams