5 Breakfast smoothies the family will love

Michele Borboa, MS

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Searching for an easy and palatable way to get more fruits, vegetables and nutrient-packed foods into your kids? Pull out your blender and make smoothies a part of your daily diet. Smoothies are fast, delicious and extremely nutritious. And we're not talking about chalky tasting smoothies heavy on protein powder, we're talking fresh, great-tasting ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen. Here are five family-friendly breakfast smoothies that are loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein.

Oatrageous raspberry smoothie

Avocado blueberry smoothie

Serves 4

Avocado, which is technically a fruit, isn't just for guacamole. Deliciously laden with healthy fats, it lends a creamy, rich flavor to fruit smoothies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries, slightly thawed
  • 1 cup honey-flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups vanilla-flavored soymilk

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and purée. Serve immediately.

Oatrageous raspberries and cream smoothie

Serves 4

Don't dump your leftover oatmeal; keep it in the fridge as a quick whole grain smoothie ingredient. Add frozen raspberries, almond butter and milk for a hearty breakfast drink that blends up in minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups cooked oatmeal
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen raspberries, slightly thawed
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1-1/2 cups low-fat (2 percent) milk

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and purée. Serve immediately.

Zesty honey ricotta smoothie

Serves 4

Ricotta and thick Greek yogurt add richness to this protein-rich citrus and honey-kissed breakfast smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup skim ricotta
  • 1 cup plain low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 3/4 cup (100 percent) apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and purée. Serve immediately.

Chunky monkey smoothie

Serves 4

Serve this kid-friendly breakfast drink smooth or chunky. You can't go wrong with chocolate, peanut butter and bananas. With one sip, your kids will clamor for this type of breakfast every morning.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (low-fat) chocolate milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and purée. Serve immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to two days, stirring vigorously before serving.

Green smoothie

Serves 4

Green drinks and green smoothies are all the rage because they are packed with antioxidants and other health-promoting phytonutrients. This green rendition features sweet pears and green grapes, making it sweet for the kids, and spinach and broccoli to make mom feel good about breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large very ripe pear, cored, cut into chunks
  • 1-1/2 cups green grapes
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, steamed until tender
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt of your choice
  • 1 cup (100 percent) apple juice

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and purée. Serve immediately.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for SheKnows.com specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at michele.borboa@sheknows.com or give her a tweet at http://twitter.com/micheleeborboa.

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