Protein Power Green Smoothie

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We all know the saying that you are what you eat and the best way to start your day is with a healthy breakfast.  Well I have never been a big breakfast person and I know my mom struggled to get me to have breakfast when I was a kid.  I luckily do not have that problem with Little Miss Mixture.  Sometimes that is her  best meal of the day, but breakfast is a meal that seems to be on the go in our house.

Mr. Mixture only sits down for breakfast on the weekends and typically grabs his coffee and a breakfast bar or smoothie and heads out.  During the school year Little Miss Mixture wants to sit and eat, but generally only leaves herself about 5 minutes to get her breakfast in.  In an effort to fuel them up, I try and make healthy smoothies and other on the go items for them at least two -three times a week.  Now with Little Miss Mixture sleeping in and enjoying her summer my motivation to turn on the vitamix is waning.

I have made a couple of smoothies in the last few weeks and though I constantly write down recipes of different ones, typically I just find items and toss them in and blenderize.  I almost always add peanut butter to my smoothies.  I find my taste is drawn to smoothies that include peanut butter and they stick with me longer than all fruit smoothies.  Mr. Mixture enjoys creamy fruit smoothies where yogurt is included as an ingredient.

In our house we like green smoothies.  There are certain flavor combinations that we enjoy more than others as I find spinach is a great green in almost any smoothie. Spinach is also so versatile as I use it in salads, on sandwiches, pizza, etc.  If i notice some needs to be used before it begins to wilt, I simply sauté it or toss it in a smoothie.  Here is a quick smoothie I tossed together the other morning.

1 cup Spinach

1 Banana

1/2 frozen Banana

2 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt

3 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

1/2 cup Milk

Place all ingredients in blender and puree.  If using a vitamin start with liquid and top with greens and frozen fruit and puree until smooth.

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Sunrise Smoothie: Smoothie or Juice?

 

 

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Is it a smoothie when it has no ice, no milk or dairy alternative?  What would you classify a liquid of nothing but pulverized juice?  I call it a great way to start the day.  But I am hesitant to call it a smoothie as so often a smoothie is thought to be a liquid meal.  Sure a tall glass of fruit can be filing but it is not exactly a balanced meal.  It fits more along the lines of a juice or the juicing fad.

Regardless of what you call it, if the first thing you consume contains more than half the recommended intake of fruits for the day, you have to feel good about it.

I have found that aside from coffee and a small handful of nuts I can be completely satisfied with a juice in the morning.  However if you are sending kids off to school or camp you may want to provide them with something slightly more balanced.  Serve this along side some protein.  Maybe some yogurt, eggs, a handful of nuts, or even a heaping spoonful of peanut butter whatever they prefer to have some protein to start their day.

Sunrise Surprise

1/2 cup Pineapple

1/4 cup Apple

1/3 banana

5 strawberries

Blend and enjoy.

This recipe makes about 8-10 ounces.  One thing I have noticed is a lot of people drink or at least blog smoothies that are served in large glasses.  I tend to serve smaller glasses, especially to Little Miss Mixture as 6-8 oz. is more than ample.

 

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