Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fruit Smoothies

Like all moms, I'm always on the lookout for breakfast ideas for my kiddos. Fruit smoothies are delicious, but never have enough protein. Adding powdered protein can be a good solution (watch out for sugar and artificial ingredients), but not an option in my house, because my son is allergic.

Recently I've been using strained (Greek) yogurt, which is creamy and thick as sour cream. This yogurt is packed with protein, 22 grams in a cup--more than twice as much as regular yogurts. It provides calcium and live cultures for good digestive health and makes an amazingly creamy smoothie. Berries or Kiwi provide loads of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants; bananas have fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Following is our favorite smoothie--strawberry banana. To make a kiwi smoothie, substitute a kiwi for the strawberries. To make a banana smoothie, omit strawberries and add a touch of cinnamon or even a spoonful of peanut butter, if you like. A few chunks of fresh pineapple will "tropic up" the flavor in any smoothie. All in all, the perfect breakfast!

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
Makes about 12 ounces

1 ice cube, crushed
1/4 cup milk
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
1 small or medium banana
honey, to taste (usually between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon depending on the fruits' sweetness)

Whirl in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!