They say that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but when you are rushing to get out of the door in the morning, running around the kitchen like a bat out of hell, it is easy for breakfast ideas to become mundane and routine when you are sticking to the same quick breakfast solutions week in and week out.
Are you looking for a way to shake up your breakfast ideas? Everyone loves toast in the mornings, but, let’s face it, there’s really only so many ways you can try to mix and match your toast ideas before that becomes dull. And as for cereal, while there may be a great variety of different cereals in the supermarket, I am sure you will agree that the sugar content in some of them is far too high to warrant giving it to your children for breakfast every day.
If you are keen to get something nutritious into your children for breakfast before they leave for school in the morning, then I am sure you will love to try whizzing together some of the healthy smoothie recipes listed in this article. Not only are these smoothies super speedy to make, helping you to get out of the door on time, but they also use ingredients that you can find in your kitchen so that you can start serving up the deliciousness straight away. These recipes have been made from fruits and vegetables that will help to keep your rabble full until lunchtime and are the perfect complement to a well balanced breakfast.
Not only are fruit smoothies a great choice for breakfast, but why not try serving up a smoothie as a mid meal snack in the afternoon before dinner to stop your children picking on sugary or salty snacks. You could also enjoy a smoothie as a quick power up before doing exercise.
This article is bursting with some of the juiciest smoothie recipes you can imagine, with the ideal recipes that even the little ones will love. Take a look!
1. Tropical Medley
Are you looking for a great smoothie to serve in the morning for your children to enjoy? Then they are guaranteed to love slurping down a glass of this Tropical Medley smoothie. Follow the recipe closely for the tastiest results!
- ½ ripe mango
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of coconut or almond milk
- 5 medium strawberries
Add all of the ingredients to the blender like the ones recommended here and mix on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Add a drop of extra milk and stir with a spoon if the smoothie is too thick on serving.
If your fruits are nice and ripe and sweet, then you shouldn’t need any sugar in order to make this smoothie palatable, but just in case it is a little on the tart side, a couple of spoons of honey and a quick stir should make it tastier than ever. According to beginnerfood.com, you can squeeze your mango when shopping to judge its ripeness. If the mango gives slightly, it’s ripe enough.
2. Superberry Blast
Monday mornings are a miserable time for everyone, but a superfood smoothie will help you to get through a dreary, drizzly Monday morning at the office and will even give you more energy to do so. Take a look at the following Superberry Blast smoothie recipe that is jam packed with antioxidants and vitamin rich fruit that will keep you on the ball all day.
- ½ cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of spinach
- Juice of two medium oranges
- ½ cup of coconut milk (or plain Greek yoghurt for a slightly sweeter taste)
Add all of the ingredients to the blender and mix on high for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are using Greek yoghurt instead of coconut milk you may wish to add a dash or two of semi skimmed milk and stir with a spoon if the smoothie is too thick on serving.
This is a great recipe for those who would like to pack some superfoods into their diet in the morning before even leaving the house. There is no better way to get a vitamin boost before work!
3. Citrus Circus
Are you a fan of citrus fruit? Oranges, pineapples, lemons and everything zingy and tangy? Then I am sure you will love this Citrus Circus shake that will give you the vitamin C boost that you need to combat colds throughout the winter months and improve your defenses. Not only will this mix help to strengthen your immune system, but the mix of fruits will also give you a spring in your step helping you to face the morning ahead.
Take a look at the ingredients below and try this citrusy whirlwind for yourself!
- ¼ pineapple or ⅓ tin of pineapple chunks
- Juice from 3 sweet oranges
- Juice from ½ a Sicilian lemon
- 1 cup of pure apple juice
Add all of the ingredients to the blender and mix on high for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are using pineapple chunks from a tin, you may want to pour half of the juice from the tin into the blender to add some extra sweetness to the finished product. If you are using a real pineapple, try sweetening the juice with honey to taste.
Although this recipe may not create your traditional creamy smoothie, it is a fantastic alternative to sugary fizzy drinks and is a great mix for those who love citrus fruit. The great thing about this recipe is also how adaptable it is, if you have other citrus fruits at home that you love, you can always add them into the mix to bump up the exciting taste sensation!
As you have seen from this article, you do not need to go out and buy a heap of exotic fruits and vegetables in order to make a tasty smoothie. Make the most of the fruit that is in your fruit bowl! Do you have a couple of overripe bananas lying around? Make sure you add them to the mix! They are perfect for sweetening things up naturally!