Fruity Morning Smoothie
Beginning the day with a yummy and super-nutritious smoothie boosts energy, mood and brain function. We don’t always know what happens once those kids are out the door, but if we can pack in some goodness to get them started, we’re on the right track!
The nice thing about this Smoothie is it disguises the foods kids might not be otherwise be into for breakfast. I start with 2 good, blend-able fruits they love, like banana, mango, blueberry, raspberry or strawberry. I add carrots and avocado to my daily version, which my kids like the flavors of better than the notion, but the extra nutrients are too good to skip. Add some protein-rich flaxseed and a bit of sweetener, and you’ve got a super-blend your kids will love.
The trick to including the secret ingredients is to stay within the color family of the fruit you’re basing the drink on, and don’t add new or spicy flavors except possibly in small doses. With a bit of experimenting with different fruit and even the occasional veggie combination, you’ll find what works for you. Stevia is an excellent sweetener to use since the intense fruit flavors hide the aftertaste it can sometimes have, and this all-natural, low-glycemic alternative enables you to keep extra sugar out of the morning meal.
- Choose 2 fruits (2 cups total): banana, fresh or frozen mango, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries are favorites
- Choose 1 liquid (1 cup total): rice milk, almond, soy milk, dairy milk
- Sweetener: ½- 1 tsp. stevia
- Protein Booster: 2 tbsp. flax seeds
- Options (1/2 cup total): carrot (peel on), beet (peel on), cucumber (peel off), romaine lettuce, buckwheat or sunflower sprouts, avocado
Add all ingredients to a blender, food processor or Vitamix and puree until smooth.
Quick trick: premake “smoothie packs” by pre measuring and packing your solid ingredients together, placed in the freezer until ready to use. Note: cucumber, lettuce and sprouts don’t freeze well, so if using, add fresh before blending.