I’m not a food blogger. Or a food photographer. But I do love food, and I love sharing great recipes with friends and family. So, encouraged by a friend, I decided to add a regular feature to my blog and voila, Monday Morning Yumminess has begun.
I’m kicking off Monday Morning Yumminess with a recipe Wyokiddo and I often kick off our mornings with, Pick-a-Flavor Smoothies that we make for breakfast. This is my go-to recipe for smoothies, because it is so versatile and works well with whatever ingredients we happen to have on hand. Today’s version was made with frozen peaches from the freezer, as requested by Wyokiddo.
We usually enjoy our smoothies with a small bit of protein, like a handful of nuts, some slices of cheese or an English Muffin half topped with peanut butter. I find this simple breakfast fills me up and lasts until lunch much better than cereal. And it and doesn’t leave me feeling weighted down like eggs or bacon does.
I also love that this is so kid-friendly to make and eat! Let the littles get in on the smootie-making-action. Wyokiddo helps slice the banana and pour the ingredients into the blender. She also loves to push the button to start the blender. I learned the hard way not to plug it in until the lid was firmly in place.
Enjoy it for breakfast tomorrow, or any time of day!
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup yogurt, regular or Greek (plain or flavored)
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 cup fruit of your choice (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup torn raw spinach or kale (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice as needed to achieve your preferred level of consistency.
- Just about any combination of fruit works in this recipe – berries, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, cherries, etc. If using fresh fruit, you’ll need to add ice to thicken it up.
- Try adding the spinach or kale one time. I swear you can’t taste it, and you’ll get an extra serving of leafy green vegetables packed with good nutrients! Adding it to yellow/orange fruits make it a fun green color. If you add it in with just strawberries, it can come out a muddy brown color but still tastes great.
- Go dairy free by substituting 1 cup of no-sugar added juice and honey to taste for the milk and yogurt.
- Try it with other mix-ins and toppings for a fun after-school snack. I’ve used chocolate shavings, crushed cereal, oatmeal and granola.
- Whip up a batch, pour it in ice pop molds and freeze for a healthy Popsicle substitution!