Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and drinking organic milk in a smoothie or pairing a glass with whole grains is an easy way to start the day off right and get protein in the morning.
In my home we drink organic milk that comes from cows that are not given growth hormones or antibiotics, and farms that do not use synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified (GMO) crops or feed. I am working with The National Milk Life Campaign to show other people why it is important for people of all ages to get the recommended 25-30 grams of protein before noon, and how you can reach that number with the help of organic milk.
Previously I had mentioned that I’ve been working with my son on making better decisions regarding his eating habits. Smoothies are especially effective for kids who aren’t big on breakfast or who don’t particularly care for certain fruits or vegetables. They can be made to taste, and give him the flavor he craves to feel satisfied with his meal choice.
We call our favorite smoothie recipe the “Powerhouse” because it has protein and calcium from milk. We all love the flavor of this family favorite, and I can feel good about my kids getting in their protein before school. It also takes on a nice purple color, which is great for hiding greens that sometimes seem intimidating to kids. We named this one for of its strong color and flavor!
Powerhouse Smoothie Recipe
8 oz. Organic Milk
8-10 Frozen Organic Strawberries (depending on size of the berries)
1 Organic Banana
¼ Organic Avocado
½ Cup Frozen Organic Spinach
½ Cup Frozen Organic Pomegranate Seeds
½ Cup Frozen Organic Blueberries
Use organic kale instead of spinach.
Use fresh organic fruits and vegetables instead of frozen, and add ice.
* Pour milk into the blender. Turn blender on to a low setting.
* Add the avocado to begin to thicken the blend.
* Add the frozen spinach so that it is extremely well blended when the last ingredient is added.
* Add the pomegranate seeds. Since they are small, it is preferable to give them a bit more time in the blender.
* Add the blueberries slowly into the blender.
* Add the banana and larger strawberries. As you do this, turn up the blender enough so that it will chop the thicker pieces of frozen fruit.
* Once all the ingredients are in, turn up the blender all the way until all the ingredients are fully blended into a smooth texture.
* Pour into a glass and serve!
Makes one 16 oz. serving.
Consider adding a reduced fat cheese stick with 4 whole wheat crackers, or having 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or almond butter) on a slice of whole wheat toast either with the smoothie or as a mid-morning snack. Grazing on a mid-morning snack is an excellent way to help reach that recommended 25-30 grams of protein, keeping your body feeling full and satisfied!
Healthy habits can begin at the breakfast table and continue throughout the day. Visit MilkLife.com to learn more about the benefits of drinking organic milk in the morning, or follow Milk Life on Facebook (facebook.com/milk), Twitter (twitter.com/MilkLife), Pinterest (pinterest.com/milk) and Instagram (instagram.com/milklife).
Disclosure: This Powerhouse Smoothie Recipe post on behalf of Milk Life is part of a compensated campaign with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.