Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Perfect Breakfast

I usually don't like to make a big mess with breakfast. Something quick and easy is right up my alley. That's probably why most mornings, we have a smoothie and a muffin of one sort or another. The kids love that they each get their own cup with a straw(!) and don't have to share. I like that it's almost mess free! It provides a dairy, fruit, veggie, and omega 3's. The muffins supply a good dose of whole grain and another fruit. Usually I'll put peanut butter on top for protein, too. The kids love taking part in making this, too. Aerro does the banana, Avoni the blueberries. Unless, of course, I'm in a rush. Wholesome Breakfast!

Aerro's Smoothie

1 c yogurt (I make my own, recipe to follow)
1 cup milk or 1/2 milk 1/2 juice
1 c dark berries (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, marionberry, etc.)
1 banana
1 c fresh spinach, rinsed and dried (this is where most people go *huh?*)
3 tablespoons flax meal (or seeds, ground)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp Herba-Smoothie Blend

Blend and enjoy! Most people think the spinach part is just nasty but as long as the kids don't see it go in, they'll never know it's there. The banana neutralizes the taste of the spinach. No lie! Now, if you want a thicker shake, add more banana. Thinner, more milk.

Banana Muffins

5 eggs
1 c sugar or sweetener
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c wheat flour (or grind your own from wheatberries...don't seperate the bran from the flour)
2 tablespoons flax meal
1/2 c apple sauce
1/2 c olive oil (I use light)
2 c banana, mashed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 pkg instant pudding (vanilla or banana-optional)

Mix all until combined. Bake in lined muffin tins on 350 for 10-12 minutes or until done.

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