Smoothies are a great meal choice when you’re on the go. Choose fresh and frozen ingredients, and just a few minutes in the blender gives you a healthy, portable breakfast. Enter to win a Magic Bullet To-Go for further ease of smoothie prep by leaving a comment with your favorite smoothie recipe. Keep reading for more details.
I am guilty of skipping breakfast on a regular basis. While I feed my kids a healthy meal, I sometimes stop short of actually preparing something for myself, usually because I don’t have the time to sit down and eat it as I dress and feed the four kids, manage any work deadlines for the morning, sign planners and check homework, remember “mystery buckets” and brush hair. Because I’m up and moving, I don’t even consider eating, and before I know it, it will be 10:30 and I am famished, which is a shame when you consider my love for breakfast foods, and it probably also explains why we eat breakfast for dinner so often.
Smoothies are the answer to my breakfast-skipping ways. I start with milk and 100% fruit juice. When I’m choosing other smoothie ingredients, I naturally lean towards the berry side of things. Freezing berries means they’re always ripe and ready, and because they’re packed full of vitamins and phytochemicals, they make a natural addition to a healthy smoothie. Plus, they taste good.
I also use smoothie time to use up some of the greens I stock my fridge with, and it’s a good chance to get some extra nutrients in my body. Being that it’s spring, spinach is a must in my fridge, but you can also use kale, swiss chard, dandelion or beet greens and other green, leafy varietals you’ve got in your house. And consider throwing in some further added health benefits while you’re at it. Some possibilities include chia seeds, ground flax, hemp seeds, sesame seeds or coconut.
Once your blending device is full of all your smoothie ingredients, mix them up. When I was new to the smoothie-making game I often didn’t mix them enough. I thought that if they looked blended, they must be blended. Really, though, getting a bit of a cyclone in there and letting it go for a while will give you a more even and smooth texture, which is more of what I’d like in a smoothie.
And that’s all it takes to get a delicious breakfast that you can enjoy while walking around buttoning up shirts and smoothing down stubborn cowlicks. It also makes a good commuting meal, sitting snuggly in the cup holder on your drive to the office or appointments.
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½ cup milk of your choice (rice, almond, cow, goat…)
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
1 whole ripe banana
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen strawberries or raspberries
1 cup fresh greens (spinach or kale)
2 tablespoons chia seeds or ground flax
Add juice, milk and the honey to blender. Top with fruit, spinach and chia seeds. Start with blender on a low speed and raise the speed. If the blender seems to drag, turn off and stir. Re-cover and turn back on. Continue to blend until a small cyclone forms, and then allow to mix about one minute more. Stop the blender. Pour and enjoy.
Makes 2 small or 1 large smoothie