October 25, 2011

What's for Breakfast? Freeze Ahead Smoothie

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I've also read that milk does a body good and that you are supposed to eat 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day.  That's great, but who has time to eat breakfast?  And, I hate milk.  And, lately when I buy fresh fruit it goes bad overnight.  Fail, fail, fail!  My solution?  A smoothie.  I get two servings of calcium (milk and yogurt), a couple servings of fruit and even a serving of veggies.  Problem solved!  But...what about time?  Time is precious in the morning.  Solution!  Freeze all the ingredients for your smoothie in a ziploc bag (minus the milk) and all you need to do is dump, add some milk, blend and...voila!  You've got the perfect way to start your day that is also transportable so you can drink it on the go.  So, here is what is for breakfast...

Freeze Ahead Smoothie
Ingredients
-1 cup milk
-6 oz of vanilla yogurt
-1 banana (diced)
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-1/2 cup frozen strawberries
-1/2 cup frozen raspberries
-1/2 cup frozen blackberries
-1 cup fresh spinach leaves

Directions/Tips
-Buy your vanilla yogurt in the 6 oz containers when they are on sale (I got mine for 10 for $10 last week.  I had a coupon for $1 off when you by 3, so I got 60 oz of vanilla yogurt for $9.)
-Frozen fruit is way cheaper than fresh fruit, so when it goes on sale...stock up!  Frozen fruit doesn't go bad like fresh fruit, yet it still has all the same nutrients and benefits.
-When you get home from the grocery store, stick the yogurt containers in the freezer.
-Once the yogurt is frozen, dump each continer in a ziploc bag.
-Then add to each ziploc bag the banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and fresh spinach.
-Stick it in the freezer.
-Then, in the morning, add the milk to the blender, dump in the frozer ingredients and blend, baby, blend!

*Notes:  Feel free to mix it up!  Use frozen pineapples, mango, peaches, cherries or whatever you can find in your grocery store.  This week I'm using cranberries because they were on sale.  And, you don't have to use spinach, but I find it's a great way to get a little extra iron in my diet without actually having to eat a salad. 

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