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Happy Spring, everyone! I am so excited that the weather is finally taking a turn for the not-so-gloomy. It’s making me feel happier and like I want to make everything our family eats have a more fresh take. I really enjoyed making the most out of my crock pot this Winter, and if we’re being honest, I will keep using that puppy because she just makes my life so much easier. Especially now that Jake is hardly home, I need the hours surrounding dinner to go as smoothly as possible. So I will keep her around. That said, for breakfast, we are trying to get back into the swing of fresh fruits and healthier choices like this Green Smoothie Bowl recipe.
I’m sure I’m not the only mom who finds herself relying on easy breakfast options a lot of days of the week. There’s no shame in that! We’ve got to do what we can, but I’m really excited to share this recipe with you all today for a couple reasons. First of all, it’s healthier and not prepackaged, so no guilt. Second, if you wanted to, you could put this together the night before and have it ready to go for the next morning. This smoothie in particular I made at night, had my portion for dinner and saved the rest for Addie and Piper to share for breakfast. Healthy doesn’t have to mean more difficult. This recipe is simple, and refreshing. It’s my go-to smoothie recipe and I loved making it into a ‘bowl’ recipe, because I was able to add pecans and granola to it to make it more filling and protein packed. Plus, Each bowl contains seven super grains and seeds, along with fiber rich fruit and nuts, ALA omega-3 and whole grains!
So, here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 cups spinach
- 2 cups kale
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of your favorite greek yogurt (I use vanilla)
- 1/4 cup Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrains Blueberry Pecan Granola
- 1/4 cup Sliced (or whole) pecan pieces
- 3 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup water
- a blender
So, like I promised above, this truly is simple, but over the years I’ve learned that there is a little bit of a science to making smoothies. You don’t have to do it this way, but the following is how I have found to efficiently get all of those greens to combine nicely.
First, add your water, ice cubes and yogurt to the blender. Get the ice crunched up and mostly disintegrated. After that, toss in your fruit. For this smoothie, we’re using blueberries and a banana to add a bit of sweetness. When you have as much green as we do, it’s easy for things to get bitter- so the vanilla yogurt and banana will make it sweet (and kid friendly!). Once you have thoroughly pulverized your fruit into the smoothie, it will be a pretty purple color but not for long…
Add your kale, and blend completely. Next, add spinach in 2 cups at a time so you don’t overwhelm your blender. Once everything is nice and green and blended, grab your Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrains Blueberry Pecan Granola and pecan slices and let them blend in well. Remember, this is a smoothie bowl though so chunks are fine because you’ll be eating this rendition with a spoon!
That’s all there is to it really! I added more blueberries, granola and spinach to the top of my smoothie. I love how filling and energy packed this smoothie is. It’s my favorite breakfast of all time.
If smoothies or smoothie bowls become something you do a lot, I love to pre-freeze my fruit and yogurt. You can put your yogurt into an ice tray and freeze it. Then, portion out your fruits and a couple yogurt cubes into ziplocs or mason jars and just pour them into your blender each morning. All you have to do is add water and your leafy greens! You can find everything you need for this smoothie and others at Walmart.
Tell me below, what’s your favorite way to eat a fresh breakfast? Are smoothie bowls something you’d get on board with?