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.

fruit smoothie

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.

fruit smoothie

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.

Berry Smoothie

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.

fruit smoothies

What are your favorite smoothie combinations?  I’d love to hear!

Alison

*I’m sharing some good snack ideas over on ‘All for the Boys’ series ‘Roadtrip Roundup’.  It’s a great blog for families with boys…be sure to check it out!

 

15 Responses to Berry Smoothies

  1. Allison says:

    Mmm I love smoothies! A recent mix has been frozen blueberries, bananas, mangoes, pineapple, and coconut milk (sometimes I make coconut milk ice cubes)

    • Alison says:

      Thanks for the ideas Allison! We need to try coconut milk, smoothies would be the perfect way to do that. My boys love pineapple so I think we will be trying that too!

  2. This looks great! I posted a very berry tart on my blog today… in case you have any left over berries around!

    http://jennysteffens.blogspot.com/2011/06/very-berry-tart-blueberry-blackberry.html

    • Alison says:

      Thanks Jenny! I checked it out and your tart looks delicious…perfect for berry season!

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  4. Wendy says:

    We LOVE smoothies around here..make them quite often! We do a similar base…vanilla yogurt, 2 T. ground flaxseed, and either a splash of milk or o.j. I also add tofu. The kids never know. Depending on the berries used, I may add a little agave nectar for sweetness if needed. We use blueberries and strawberries often. Other combos are often, mangoes, peaches and strawberries with pineapple occasionally. Guess I know what we’re having for breakfast! :)

    • Alison says:

      Peaches and strawberries with pineapple…now that is a combination I know my boys would love. And in just a few weeks we can use fresh peaches…yum! Thanks for the ideas Wendy!

  5. I had a smoothie faze a couple months ago and had them every morning. I really love using almond milk, which gives a little more heft than just regular milk (but yogurt probably does an even better job!).

    • Alison says:

      We use soymilk or oj, but almond milk would be great too! We used to have it around more often, but just got on a run with the soymilk. I will be picking some almond milk up soon!

  6. I read your last sentence and realized that we, too, will soon be a family with boys. Well, at least one boy. This is officially crazy.

    … and thanks for inspiring me to make a smoothie sometime soon! I don’t like cleaning my hand-held blender, so I don’t really pull it out that often. I should, though!

    • Alison says:

      Congratulations Johanna…that is very exciting! I love being a mama to my boys, they really are pretty fun.

  7. Charissa says:

    Yes, yes! This is the best thing ever…smoothies rawk!!!! Good job making your boys lick that up…when I’m a Mom I’m going to hide nutritious things in everything!

    • Alison says:

      It’s kind of fun to be sneaky that way…if they knew the extras I add I’m not always sure they would be as excited. :)

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