Between making sure the kids have their homework finished, feeding the pets, answering the phone and sliding a few last-minute bills into the mailbox, some mornings it can feel like a miracle that you even made it to work with your shoes on. For those of you who (like me) sleep until the absolute last possible minute, it can feel next to impossible to squeeze breakfast into the equation. 

As you read last week, however, squeezing it in is essential, especially if you don’t want your child to have to repeat the 1st grade! So how do you make sure the entire family gets fed without having to set the alarm clock back an hour? Make smoothies!

Pre-measure the frozen fruit the night before and store it overnight in the freezer by itself, so it’s ready to go in the morning. Pour the other ingredients into the blender the night before, cover, and store in the fridge. In the morning, put the blender on its base, pour in the fruit, blend until smooth, and you have a healthy, delicious breakfast in 2 minutes flat.

The recipes below are a guideline, but feel free to get creative and come up with your own delicious combinations. And remember, these measurements aren’t meant to be precise. An extra handful of fruit never hurt anyone! 

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Calcium Cooler
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed (or flaxseed meal)*
  • 1 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 4 oz. mixed berry yogurt

* If your child doesn’t like the texture of the flaxseed in his or her smoothie, substitute flaxseed oil.

Chocolate Shake 
  • 1 cup chocolate soy** or almond milk
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed 
  • 2 scoops chocolate hemp protein powder***

** When buying soy milk or soy protein powder, make sure you splurge for organic brands. Often, soy is genetically modified. If it carries the organic certification, it can’t be

*** Hemp protein is perfect for vegans because the more popular whey protein is made from a milk derivative. Plus, its Omega-3, protein and fiber combination is hard to beat. Play around with different protein powders — whey, soy, hemp— until you find a taste and texture that is right for you. And remember, every brand doesn’t taste the same, so if you don’t like one brand, try another!

Peaches ‘n Cream 
  • 1 cup vanilla soy or vanilla almond milk**** 
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp wheat germ
**** If you are watching your family’s calories, you can always replace half of the liquid in any smoothie with water.

Now that you’re armed with a few good recipes, head off to the kitchen and get blending. Fixing breakfast might just become the easiest task on your to-do list!

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