Friday, June 25, 2010

quick and healthy breakfast smoothie

recipe adapted from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook by Tosca Reno
I realize breakfast is the most important meal of the day but I am just not hungry when I wake up.  I drink some coffee and then need to eat an hour later.  Of course I have already made breakfast and cleaned it up at this point and the thought of going through the process again is less than appealing.   I own one of those magic bullet blenders and decided to experiment with some smoothie recipes that would keep me full and require little clean up.  This one is my favorite.  It has about 9 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.  A healthy and filling breakfast that gets me through the morning!

As soon as the girls saw me drinking a frothy, milk shake looking breakfast, they immediately wanted to taste it!  They LOVE it.  The recipe below makes one shake and fits perfectly in the magic bullet.  If I am tripling the recipe for the girls, I need to bust out the big blender!

Banana Nut Smoothie
1 frozen banana ( I usually peel it and stick it in the fridge the night before.  I make these with regular bananas too and they are just as good.  Using a frozen banana does disguise the little bits of oatmeal left behind.)
1 T of your favorite nut butter (We use peanut butter.)
1/4 cup of uncooked, dry oatmeal
1/2 cup of your favorite milk (We use soy or skim milk)
1-2 ice cubes (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a magic bullet or blender!  Serve cold!!!
* I like to add 2 T of raw sunflower seeds to mine.  The girls don't like it because it adds a "bitty" texture.

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