I often make smoothies a part of breakfast for my kids during the school year because they aren’t big on eating breakfast first thing in the morning; they prefer days off when breakfast can be at 10:30am. That’s when they’re ready to eat.
I’m the same, so I understand that. But most days are school days and I want to make sure they’ve started off with more in their stomachs than a small handful of dry cereal.
So I make smoothies probably once a week.
Typically I keep one or two bags of frozen fruit in the freezer. I find that most grocery stores sell a few popular varieties of both mixed and single type berries, as well as a tropical mix, mango chunks, pineapple pieces and some sort of summer medley including peach slices. But more than that, these bags of frozen fruit are constantly on sale!
Fruit that was frozen at its freshest, in the small size I need for the blender? A more economical option than buying fresh berries out of season – and they will keep until I need them? Yes, please.
I usually just toss the ingredients into the blender without measuring. (Who has time for measuring fruit during the breakfast circus?) But I have measured before, so the following is a basic guide for my breakfast smoothies. Mix and match the fruits you like – or have. Add a little juice for another fruit flavour. Or a spoon of peanut butter if you want a little more protein.
Morning mixed-berry and banana smoothies INGREDIENTS
- 1 banana, chopped into 3 or 4 pieces; fresh or frozen (if it’s been frozen with the skin on, just use a paring knife to trim off the skin)
- 1-2 cups frozen berries/fruit pieces
- 1 tbsp peanut or other nut butter
- ½ cup plain (not flavoured) yogurt, optional
- 1 cup milk
Morning mixed-berry and banana smoothies METHOD
- Measure the milk into the blender, followed by the yogurt, if using
- Add the fruits, and nut butter, if using
- Puree everything until the blender blades continue pulling the mix in a steady stream, adding more liquid if you want a thinner drink.
Makes 3-4 glasses of soothies, about 3 cups