Smoothie

Healthy Hurry-Up Breakfast

SmoothieSchool’s back in session, and on hectic weekday mornings we all know how hard it can be to get a good breakfast in them before they head out the door. Having learned a lot about good nutrition as I try to lose some accumulated pounds, I’ve found a good solution to this problem I want to share with parents.

Protein is a key component of human nutrition and it’s the one most responsible for keeping us feeling full. It’s also the toughest to get at breakfast unless your making ham and eggs for your crowd every morning. The carbohydrates in cereal, especially the sugared up ones in kids cereal, are not a good replacement for the protein, and the sugar’s just a bad deal.

But a protein powder based smoothie gets them what they need to get to lunch without being distracted by hunger pangs. Protein powder is generally dairy based, so it’s not for the lactose intolerant. It’s not cheap, but then again the sugared up cereal is exorbitant in price, so it’s a very fair trade. Personally, I use ProGrade Workout protein powder (internet only), but you can find other brands at health food stores and Whole Foods.

Here’s the recipe I find has tons of taste and keeps the hunger away for hours. Follow the protein powder directions for the powder and the liquid, but cut the liquid back a bit- say from 1 cup if that’s what the manufacturer recommends to 3/4 of a cup. If your child doesn’t really need the extra calories in milk, go with water instead, and fill the measuring cup with ice up to your chosen amount, then add the water or milk. The more ice and the less liquid, the thicker the smoothie. Add 2 large or 3 small strawberries and 1/2 a peeled kiwi and blend it up good in your blender. It’s quite delicious.

You can whip this up in just a few short minutes in the morning, especially if you’ve cut up the berries and kiwi the night before. They can drink it while they get dressed, while they fuss in front of the mirror, while they gather up their homework- so it gets into them.

When I find good parenting adviceĀ that can be helpfulĀ as I’m searching the web for birthday party ideas, I feel compelled to pass them along.

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