Last week the boys and I changed up our usual breakfast routine. We’re pretty boring when it comes to the first meal of the day. It’s peanut butter/jelly toast or oatmeal most days of the week and our usual pancakes on Saturday.
So, in hopes of shaking things up a bit, I pulled out the blender and decided to make smoothies. In the past I’ve stayed away from making them, primarily because I couldn’t get a good combination of flavor and thickness without the addition of a banana. My kids are not banana fans. I can’t even try to sneak one into a recipe. It’s like they have sensors that pick up even the faintest hint of banana flavor. Whatever we came up with needed to be full of fruit, a bit sweet and banana-free.
After experimenting with a few recipes and combinations of our own we landed on the recipe below. It’s light, refreshing, banana-free and I love the addition of flax seed for a good dose of Omega 3s. You could even add a handful of spinach to get a serving of greens in too.
adapted from Whole Living
*makes three 8 ounce servings
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 vanilla yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, about 3 oranges
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium speed until smooth. If it’s too thick add a splash of milk or a little more orange juice.
What are your favorite smoothie combinations? I’d love to hear!