Friday, July 16, 2010

Breakfast Smoothies & Popsicles

I've started making breakfast smoothies for the kids again.  They've been gobbling them up and I feel good knowing that they're filled with all things good-- fruit, veggies & protein.  And the best part?  The leftovers become popsicles!

So easy and nutritious too-- especially with a handful of spinach thrown in.  The kids have no idea since the blueberries mask the telltale green.

I don't have a "set" recipe, but I do try to include 3 kinds of fruit (at least 2 should be frozen), 1 vegetable and 1 or 2 proteins

fruit ideas:
frozen banana
handful fresh/frozen blueberries
handful fresh/frozen strawberries
handful fresh/frozen peaches
handful frozen mango
handful apple chunks

veggie ideas:
1 handful of spinach (use blueberries to mask green)
1 handful shredded carrots (good with mango)
1 handful chopped zucchini (if unskinned, use blueberries to mask green)

protein ideas:
1-2 scoop of vanilla protein powder with 5 oz water, juice or milk
flaxseed meal

if needed:
vanilla to taste
honey to taste

Today's creation:

these 70's tupperware popsicle molds bring back good childhood memories!

This particular batch has the following goodies:

1 cup yogurt
1.5 cups fresh spinach
1.5 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
1 cup milk
1 scoop of protein powder

And when the kids start bothering me for candy and cookies, what do you think they get?

they think they're getting away with murder!