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Now that it’s spring it’s so nice to hear the birds singing outside when I get up in the morning. At least “something” is awake as early as me! Alright, so I know many of you probably get up a lot earlier than THAT. This isn’t a competition folks, but for me, it’s early enough! My week days are busy, as are yours, I’m sure. I work full-time as a Marketing Campaign Manager for a financial software company, so to get myself and the kids out the door in the morning I climb out of bed around 5:00 am. I have exactly one hour to get myself ready to go before I wake the kids at 6:00 am.
The next hour is spent unloading the dishwasher, feeding and dressing the kids, making my lunch and ensuring we have everything we need to make it through the day before we leave the house. Whew! Just to get through all of this calls for a healthy, satisfying breakfast. But who has time for that? Well, believe it or not. . . we do! In the form of a smoothie, of course!
Today I’m sharing a delicious Berries & Cream Smoothie I whipped up using frozen berries, milk, frozen yogurt and Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder I found at Walmart. They are currently offering a $1.00 off coupon, so if you’ve never tried Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder, you should! It’s awesome to use in smoothies, and Carnation offers tons of recipe ideas on their website. Score!
My kids are picky eaters, so to get them to eat oatmeal or the like just doesn’t go over well. They turn up their noses and run. This smoothie, however, was a slam dunk. . .for them AND for me! For those of you concerned with sugar content, Carnation Breakfast Essentials does have sugar free options, so check them out!
It literally took me minutes to make the smoothies. I just threw all of the ingredients into a blender and pulsed until everything was emulsified. If you don’t want such a thick smoothie, you can either add a bit more milk, eliminate the ice cubes or just substitute the frozen berries for fresh. Simple! Did I mention that smoothies are very forgiving? I love experimenting!
Just because I needed to show you how beautiful this smoothie can be, I served mine up in this fancy glass. My two-year-old was fascinated by the fanciness and begged to have one of her own. While I normally don’t allow her to drink out of glass, I told her she could as long as she sat on the floor to drink it. No whining, no complaints. There she sat. And just for the record, she dressed herself that day.
During the week, we obviously don’t have as much time to enjoy our breakfast “on the floor,” so I transfer the smoothies to the kids’ non-breakable drinking cups and we’re out the door. Did I also mention that smoothies taste the same regardless of what you serve them in? Another bonus for smoothies? No crumbs all over the car! Can it get any better than this?
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Berries & Cream Smoothie
A delicious smoothie that combines berries, frozen yogurt, milk and Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla Powder for a healthy and awesome start to any hectic morning!
- Yield: 24 1x
- 1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla Powder
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup raspberry Greek frozen yogurt
- 3/4 cup Skim milk
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until emulsified.
- If you don’t want such a thick smoothie, you can either add a bit more milk, eliminate the ice cubes or just substitute the frozen berries for fresh.
- Serving Size: 3
- Calories: 154
- Sugar: 26
- Sodium: 65
- Fat: 2
- Saturated Fat: 1
- Unsaturated Fat: 1
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 30
- Protein: 4
- Cholesterol: 9