With summer pretty much in full swing, my body has naturally switched eating habits. I’m no longer craving those hot comfort foods of heavy stews and rich-flavored, one dish meals. My body is demanding lighter fare, and fresh fruits are aplenty. The local farmer’s market is open for business and I plan to spend a lot of money there. Saturday I only purchased baby purple onions and bell peppers (they made great turkey fajitas). Any way, that recipe is next week. I’m getting ahead of myself.
One of the most popular breakfast that I make in the summer is a smoothie, and believe me–it’s a meal. You can definitely sustain yourself with this all-in-one drink.
Here’s the basic recipe:
- 1 cup yogurt–preferably greek (more protein)
- 1-1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen fruit
- 1 whole banana sliced
- 1/2 cup of fresh or 100% jar juice–any flavor
- A couple of heaping tablespoons of wheat germ
Blend in blender until smooth.
The banana is added for sweetness and it’s a dense fruit. If you don’t like banana, just substitute another sweet, dense fruit like pineapple or mango.
Whatever you do, don’t use canned fruit. All I can say is yuck–and you will too!
You can purchase a frozen smoothie fruit mix in most freezer sections of your grocer. It’s generally pineapple, strawberries and mangoes. I’ve used that and added a banana. If you use only fresh fruit and no frozen, you’ll want to toss in a several ice cubes to get the true frozen smoothie effect.
Be sure to use the juice, or a little water. It helps thin the yogurt so the smoothie can be blended easily.
You’ll also notice I’ve added my beloved wheat germ. Another sneaky way to get that good whole grain in the kids diets, as well as yours. Simply eliminate if you’re allergic.
I can drink this smoothie by myself, and then I generally don’t eat anything until dinner. But a lot of times Buttercup and I split it and eat plain, or chocolate chip toasted waffles with it.
This recipe is also easily adjustable for any taste. Another great feature is it’s portability. You can take this on the road. Mix up a big batch, fill up the kids bottles and head out the door. It’s a great on the road breakfast. One thing to remember, you need to drink this very soon, or keep it very, very cold. It will curdle or turn funky, very quickly if left sitting out. I haven’t kept it in an ice chest, but it does pretty well for several hours in the refrigerator. I wouldn’t leave it overnight in the fridge. It won’t go bad, but it may separate, and if your kids are like Buttercup–presentation if EVERYTHING.