The mornings are a little rough around my house. I have a three year who does not like to sleep, so, we never really know what they are going to consist of. Are they going to be all rainbows and sunshine, or will there be temper tantrums and crying about not wanting to get dressed or go to school. Either way, I like to start my mornings off with a smoothie.
The saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and I really do believe that. If I don’t have some sort of substance in the morning, I start to feel shaky and light headed. Smoothies are such a good source of whole foods and the easiest way for me to ensure I am getting nutrition in the mornings. Also, they usually hold me over until lunchtime when it is a little calmer around the house. It is the perfect on the go breakfast no matter how our mornings look. And, with all the veggies and fruits to choose from, the options are endless so they never get boring.
In order for me to make sure I have my smoothie in the morning, I prep my fruit in Ziploc Sandwich Bags on Sunday and throw them in the freezer to have for the week. This way, all I have to do in the morning is get the fruit into the blender, pour in the milk and other added ingredients, and I am good to go.
I like to use frozen fruit for my smoothies. I feel frozen fruit gives the smoothie a better texture. Also, there is no need for ice, which is one less step. I just buy the big bags of organic frozen fruit at Costco.
I also re-purposed this Breast Milk Bag Storage Rack by NUK to hold all my smoothie bags for the week. It works perfectly!
My smoothie of the day consists of strawberries, mango chunks, avocado, mandarin, kale, spinach, flax seeds, lemon juice, Complete by Juice Plus (this is a whole food based shake mix and is totally optional. You can use your favorite shake mix or omit this step). I also used coconut milk, but you can use any milk you prefer.
- Tip: If you have a ripe avocado that you know you won’t use before it goes bad; because let’s face it, avocados ripen at the speed of light; cut into quarters, remove the skin and throw in the freezer. You can throw a quarter of an avocado into your smoothie to add some healthy fats and a rich creaminess to it without the dairy
Here are just some of the few nutritional benefits of the ingredients in this smoothie:
- Kale: excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in eye health
- Spinach: great source of calcium, protein, and fiber
- Mango: rich in Vitamin A, potassium, and Magnesium; aids in digestion
- Strawberries: good source of Vitamin C and low in natural sugars
- Avocado: loaded with heart-healthy fats, Vitamin K, and fiber
- Mandarin: good source of Vitamin C; can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Lemon: controls blood pressure and aids in digestion
- Flax Seed: great source of omega 3s and fiber
- Coconut Milk: rich in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus
- Complete by Juice Plus: a source of plant-based protein and other phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that you would not necessarily be getting on a day to day basis such as broccoli sprout, alfalfa sprout, radish sprout, and spirulina to name a few.
I use my Nutri Ninja to blend my smoothies up. It works great and is not super bulky. I can just keep it on my counter for easy access in the mornings. The other great thing, your smoothie can be blended right into the cup. That makes less clean up, which is always a plus! The only downside…it is super loud! Other than that, though, it is perfect!
This smoothie was the perfect balance of tartness to sweetness. It was also Warren (my one and a half-year-old) approved!
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Strawberry Mango Avocado Smoothie
- 6 strawberries
- 6 mango chunks
- 1 mandarin
- a fourth of an avocado
- a handful of spinach
- a handful of kale
- 1 tbsp flax seed
- 1-2 tsps lemon juice (your preference on how tart you would like it)
- 1 cup coconut milk (or other milk) *
Just put all your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
*If you feel your smoothie is to thick you can always add more milk (or water) until you get the consistency you would like.
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