This simple breakfast smoothie is the perfect way to pack in your nutrients. One of the “rules” I have around feeding my family is to offer vegetables at every meal of the day. My little guy will happily munch on raw vegetables at any point during the day, but Miss Carbivore, not so much. That’s where the smoothies come in handy. This blueberry smoothie is a great way to fill up on those vegetables, and is also full of nutrient goodness! I use flax milk, blueberries, bananas, spinach, avocado, and chia seeds.
I often talk about the importance of a healthy breakfast. What I love about this smoothie are the healthy fats balancing out the fruit. In the morning on an empty stomach, it’s VERY important to not eat a ton of sugar. Breakfast foods are often high in sugar and cause a spike in insulin. Pairing carbohydrates with a healthy dose of high quality fat or protein prevents this from happening. The flax milk and chia seeds are both high in Omega 3’s, which are lacking in most diets.
The best part about this smoothie is that it’s very versatile. Miss Carbivore actually prefers raspberries over blueberries; no problem substituting that. Avocado can also be eliminated if you want the color to favor more of a berry (I’m talking to the moms who need to be sneaky about those greens). I do like to add in 2 different sources of fats. Substitute the avocado with coconut oil (another thumbs up from Miss Carbivore). And I do like to mix up my greens. Some days it’s spinach other days it’s kale. Just an FYI, you CANNOT taste spinach in this smoothie. My kids are fine with the greens, but I know some kids won’t eat them. If this is your child, they’ll never know about the greens. That is why the blueberries are helpful in this case. They mask the color of any greens floating around! Frozen kale is also difficult to detect. Other greens such as bok choy, arugula, swiss chard, or dandelion greens have a stronger taste. If you’re just starting to introduce your kids to smoothies with greens, spinach or kale is the way to go. If you or your child is a smoothie drinking connoisseur, try mixing up your greens!
Finally, this smoothie is delicious! It makes for a great breakfast or afternoon snack.
- 2 cups flax milk (or any milk of your choice)
- 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 of one avocado
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- Place all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until nice and smooth, without any chunks.
- Serve immediately