Let’s talk about breakfast. I don’t know about your children, but in my house, breakfast seems to go in cycles. There will be weeks upon weeks of my children eating the same thing every morning before they head out the door. It could be bowls and bowls of Cheerios for what seems like months, and then they wouldn’t eat a Cheerio if it was the last morsel of food on the planet.
So, we switch to eggs. And every morning there are eggs being scrambled or made into an omelet, and all is right with the world again. Until it isn’t. And eggs are out.
And now it’s getting close to the end of the school year, (Trust me…it is. Hang in there.) and if you’re like me, you may be in a bit of a breakfast rut. You may feel like you’ve exhausted all of your breakfast possibilities. You may even be hoping that Cheerios will soon be “in style” again because you’re plumb out of ideas (and there’s still a box in the pantry from September).
Don’t let the breakfast blues get you down. Instead, it’s time to grab that blender and beat the blues - with smoothies.
Smoothies are ideal for breakfast…after all, isn’t it just a really healthy milkshake with seemingly endless options? Additionally, I love the portability of a smoothie – not that we’re ever pressed for time in my house. **Cough, cough** And, they are a great vehicle for the bits and pieces of fruits (and occasionally vegetables – but don’t tell the kids) that need to be used up at times.
If you’re looking for some ideas to get you through the end of the school year, here are a few of our favorite smoothie recipes!
Erin at Well Plated has created a super delicious smoothie with some tasty ingredients like peanut butter, bananas, and maple syrup for a hint of sweetness. But this is an oatmeal smoothie – and the oatmeal is a perfect addition! You can’t believe how much substance that ¼ cup of oats adds! This smoothie will keep bellies full for a while.
With berry season quickly approaching, this Honey Berry Smoothie by Love & Lemons will soon move to the top of the smoothie rotation. It’s super simple with just a handful of ingredients, and you can even have your children help you make it on those busy mornings. And be sure to try adding in the fresh mint – it really brightens the flavors!
Happiness is Homemade has created a smoothie that definitely has the flavors of a blueberry muffin - without having to turn on your oven. Fresh or frozen blueberries will work in this recipe – making it very convenient. And, of course, your kids will love the groovy purple-blue color – and the yummy taste!
Initially, a green smoothie may be a bit of a hard sell – just due to the color. But if you can get your kids to taste it – it will become a favorite. I Heart Naptime uses spinach, banana, and mango in this recipe – and it’s fantastic! I also love her idea of “meal prepping” smoothies so that they essentially become a “dump and go” meal – which older kids can make on their own.
Are you ready to give smoothies a go for breakfast? Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Please share…because I’m sure we could all use a little help when it comes to breakfast!