Is your September as nuts as mine? Three kiddos in the full swing of back to school and daily homework, add in sports schedules and running a business, and it’s been crazy busy at our house. No matter how busy we are, I really try to make sure we’re all fueling up with healthy eats. Breakfast smoothies are one of the simplest ways to start super busy days off on the right foot. They’re portable. They’re delicious. You can “sneak” veggies into them. Plus, they are oh so satisfying and packed with vitamins and protein. Remember healthy fats (like avocado and non-peanut nut butters) are good for you in the right balance, and if using frozen fruit, opt or no sugar added varieties.
Here’s my go-to breakfast smoothie recipe that my family adores. You’d never know by the pretty green hue that it’s going to taste just like a cinnamon roll! If you have a kiddo with an aversion to veggies, this smoothie is a sure way to change their mind.
1 frozen banana
2 Tablespoons almond butter (I prefer Barney Butter)
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup fresh spinach
16 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Ice to taste
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy! Serves 2.
For more kid-friendly smoothie ideas, hop over to Pinterest.
Go ahead, play “mad scientist” and find your families go-to smoothie. Smoothies are great way to get a little at home science in as a family. Take recipes and switch ingredients in and out for different versions. Compare how each switch changes the nutritional value. How does the calorie count, fiber, sugar, protein and other values change?