A Great Way to Start the Day

As I have written about before, we start every morning with a breakfast shake.  The kids don’t like cold cereal, and I like packing more than a couple servings of fruits and vegetables into a tasty and convenient smoothie. Every night when I put Evie to bed I ask her what she wants me to make for breakfast in the morning, and every night she requests a “shake” or “pancakes and maple syrup.”

I used to make our shakes with soy milk, but after reading up on the not-so-great things about soy I switched to almond milk.  Almond milk has a naturally rich and lightly sweet taste, and the kids never noticed when I started substituting it for soy milk.

I sometimes add in additional ingredients to the below recipe based on what I have in the kitchen.  A chopped green apple (with the peel!) adds lovely texture, and homemade plain yogurt adds a bit of creaminess.  It is a wonderfully flexible recipe.

Blueberry-Spinach Breakfast Shake

1 1/2 cups almond milk

1 cup blueberries (I like the organic ones from the Trader Joe’s freezer section)

1-2 bananas

A good handful of organic baby spinach leaves

12 drops liquid vitamin D

Big spoonful honey (I buy raw honey from our co-op – so delicious!)

4-6 ice cubes

A scoop or two of peanut butter – I make delicious homemade peanut butter

Pour almond milk into the blender.  Add remaining ingredients.  Blend until smooth.  Serve to a happy family.

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6 Comments for this entry

  1. Amber says:

    I love almond milk as well and have made a similar shake. Why do you add Vitamin D?
    Oh-I purchased the Eurocuisine yogurt maker and am so excited (and a bit nervous) to try it!

    • Maureen Smithe says:

      Our pediatrician gave us the Vitamin D drops because there is some research that suggests that people living in northern climates with reduced sunlight may suffer from a deficiency.

      Good luck with the yogurt maker!!!

  2. Jane de St. Aubin says:

    Yes, I love this suggestion! It never crosses most people’s minds but what a fantastic way to start the day! Thanks for not only listing healthy beneficial ingredients but also letting me know where I can shop for them!

  3. Kristina says:

    Oh! I’ve been looking for new non-processed breakfast ideas. This sounds great. I love the idea of adding peanut butter for some protein in the am.

  4. Lindsey says:

    I love the idea of putting spinach in the smoothie! I also like to add wheat germ, flax seeds and/or old-fashioned oats as well as some honey. If I have it on hand, virgin coconut oil makes a strawberry-banana smoothie taste like you’re on a tropical island!

    I love your blog, Maureen! I’ve been following it for over a year now and finally decided to post a comment! 🙂

    • Maureen Smithe says:

      Thanks for your comment, Lindsey! I love your idea of adding whole oats to a smoothie. I am going to try that tomorrow. Now that I am on the Whole Foods Market 28 Day Challenge, I need to add some calories to my morning shake just to get me through the morning!

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