Banana, strawberry, blueberry, and spinach smoothie

I’m all about working smarter, not harder.  When it comes to pretty much everything.

Especially meals.

I want to feed my family – and myself – healthy, delicious, and easy meals that don’t take me 100 hours or require multiple trips to the grocery or special ingredients.

And in my current life, time isn’t on my side.  So whatever I do, it has to be fast.  I especially want a quick breakfast because I’m rushing around taking the dog out and getting Kate dressed (and since she’s a little Madonna, the outfit changes are a plentiful), getting myself dressed and looking halfway decent, checking up on email, and getting us out of the house on time.

But breakfast is my most favorite meal of the day – and, in my opinion – the most important.  A filling breakfast sets me up for my entire morning because my schedule doesn’t allow for much refueling between breakfast and lunch.

So, I’ve been experimenting with some smoothie recipes, and I think I’ve found one that fuels me up and tastes delicious.

Banana, blueberry, strawberry and spinach smoothie

Ingredients:

+1 banana

+handful-ish of blueberries

+handful-ish of strawberries

+handful-ish of spinach (just the leaves – rip off the stems)

+1/2 cup Greek yogurt

+1/4 cup milk

+handful of ice

+dash of cinnamon

+spinkle of vanilla

+protein powder (optional)

Simple toss all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until blended.  If it is too think (meaning it takes lots of effort to suck it up with a straw), add some more ice.  If it’s too watery, add some more Greek yogurt.  No, you will not taste the spinach.  Trust me.

You can switch out the blueberries and/or strawberries for raspberries.  And if you aren’t into Greek yogurt, a plain (or vanilla) regular yogurt will work, too.

About the protein powder: there are lots of formulas out there.  I use the unflavored AllMax Isonatural whey protein powder.  My gym pals recommended it to me, and I’m happy with it and like (and need) that extra protein boost.  If you’re not sure if that protein powder is for you, ask at your local vitamin store, your doctor, or one of the trainers at your gym.  I exercise everyday, multiple times a day, so I find I need the protein powder to refuel those muscles.  But you can totally skip the powder, and this is still an awesome healthy breakfast or snack.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  My all-time favorite is the avocado-banana smoothie, but I’m always interested in trying new flavors.  Share your smoothie knowledge in the comments below.

sarah

Sarah is a late twenty-something, wife to an engineer, mother of two, owner of a loud-barking coonhound. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking Crystal Lite.

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