Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Breakfast of Champions

I make smoothies.  I make a lot of smoothies.  My kids drink smoothies.  My kids are rarely sick.  Do you think it's the smoothies?   I don't know.  But, I think I'm on to a good thing here, so I'm going to keep it up.  We don't necessarily eat them for breakfast.  We often have them as an after dinner treat.  Since we only allow dessert on weekends.  'Cause you know, I'm mean like that. 
Moving along.

My smoothie recipe is real simple.  Juice of some kind and frozen fruit.  I have never used a recipe for my smoothies.  I just start throwing things into the blender!  But, here is what it looks like.

I start with juice.  I often use OJ, because that is usually handy around here.  But, on the occasion that I have splurged for some Superfood, I use that.  I mean, would you ever get your kids to drink green juice any other way!  I know I won't.  But, once camouflaged in the smoothie, they have no idea they are drinking wheat grass and Jerusalem artichoke!  Mwahahahahaha {that's my evil laugh, y'all}! 

Then it's onto the frozen fruit.  I use strawberries, peaches, mangos and lots and lots of blueberries.  I have also been known to use banana and pineapple. 

I just start dumping it in the blender and blending it.  Prepare for your blender to get stuck if you load too much in at one time.  But a big spoon will remedy this problem.  And pretty soon your green-juice-that-no-kid-in-his-right-mind-would-drink, looks like this!

And they will happily slurp this up!  So that is the standard smoothie.  How can you make it better?  Oh, let me tell you!  In addition to these fruits and juices, I have been known to add yogurt, flax seed oil, acai berry powder and protein shake to it.  My kids won't drink the protein shake because it's gritty, but added to the smoothie it's not so bad.  Flax seed oil is wonderfully nutritious but what kid can swallow those pills?  So I add a tablespoon or two to the smoothies!   But, if you add these things, it is best to do them with the juice, before you add the fruit.  Once the fruit is in the blender it becomes to think to be sure these things get mixed in well!  
{Plain yogurt will do, this is just what I have on hand today}

And, I use rice milk if I need more liquid than just the juice I've used.  You know, if it gets too think for the machine to handle.



Hezra said...

thanks for sharing this! we like them too. one of our faves is frozen chunks of banana(when they get too ripe to eat, we peel them and put them in plastic freezer baggies for making banana bread or smoothies) and yogurt a tad bit of vanilla, cinnamon and milk

Annie said...

OK, I might just have to try it, but would defintiley have to hide the green juice!! LOL!

Marcie said...

Nice! We do daily smoothies here, too! We sneak in spinach and avocado. "Why is it green?" "Hmm, must be the kiwis."

Christine said...

My husband used to work for Odwalla. I can never get used to Superfood.