Monday, November 5, 2012

How The Early Mornings Start At Our House

Most mornings at our house start with a smoothie and can I just say, "delicious!"

It's a great way to sneak in some fabulous nutrients for the kids...and mom and dad as well! 
Do you spy the Kale and Spinach? 

What kid willingly starts the day with a serving of that? 
Or adult for that matter.
I've been trying to get more leafy greens into my diet, and someone suggested I sneak them into a smoothie with the promise I wouldn't even notice them. Well, what do you know, that wise person was right! Along with protein powder, pomegranate juice, berries, bananas and plain yogurt, I've got a smoothie packed with nutrients that we all enjoy.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe at your house?


  1. I do the same w/spinach, haven't tried kale, but i think i will. I do throw in some ground flax seed or chia seeds sometimes.

    What kind of blender do you have? I'm the market for new one and could use a good recommendation.

    Also, fyi, when i went to your site today, my McAfee warned me of potential risky behavior at your blog. Not sure if this means anything, but thought I'd let you know just in case someone's messing w/your stuff. have a great week!

  2. This is the blender we use by Ninja, we went through a few before we found this one and it stands up to what we put it through! Corp%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D7%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3D2

    Thanks for the info about the site, I'll look into that! Janell

  3. I keep saying I want to do a green drink and I think this is the way to do it. You have inspired me. Off to Trader Joes today so the Kale is coming home with me.

  4. That is how our mornings start! my kids beg for a green smoothie each morning! We use kale and spinach (both- in the same drink), greek yogurt, flax seed, frozen berries, a banana, and almond milk. Yum! (Should probably add protein powder to ours).

  5. ooo so what exactly is your smoothie recipe?

  6. No exact recipe, just start throwing stuff in. Spinach, Kale, Pomegranate Juice, Soymilk, Protein powder, frozen bananas, a little ice, whatever frozen berries we have on hand, frozen mango if we have that, and plain yogurt.'s a little different each day depending on what we have on hand.

    Thanks for the reminder from other comments, I've been meaning to add in some flax seed!

  7. I need a good smoothie recipe. It would be a great way for me to get some real nutrition into me as well. Do you have any set quantities or just wing it?

  8. That looks fantastic! and glad to see the kids drink it as well. These are wonderful inspiring habits.
    xo Nancy

  9. We have a smoothie every morning, too. I add a couple heaping tablespoons of ground flax seed into mine. I like your addition of pomegranate juice and will have to try that. My hubby uses green tea in his. Yes, on the kale! Great way to start the day on a healthy note!

  10. Yay! We call those "confetti smoothies" around here. Delicious indeed!

  11. Janell, I love using smoothies as an option to clean up whatever fruit is getting a bit too old in my house! Bananas, strawberries, other berries, and a handful of spinach. I will usually add some coconut oil too and chia seeds for health.

  12. A favorite in our house is plain yogurt, spinach, pineapple, banana, and protein powder! Sometimes I add a little water to get everything completely mixed.

  13. oooooh yes! we love em too! and now i never ever toss berries, i freeze them for future smoothies. do you ever throw chia seed in there? they have lots of fiber.

    hope you'll stop by when you have a moment.

    smiles to you.


  14. We try to do green smoothies at our house too! If you have a Costco near you they have big bags of spinach and baby kale for cheap!!

  15. I'm a huge fan of smoothies because, like you say, you can sneak all kinds of goodies in there. I make the fruit ones for the kids but for me I use a frozen banana, big handful of spinach, cup of almond milk and some flax or chia seeds. Surprisingly delicious!

  16. I have a large green smoothie every morning but I keep it dairy-free...only live fruits and veggies.....I have a BIG tip....put your greens in first with an inch or two of water. Pulverize those until pure liquid. (Then you won't see "grass" in your smoothie).....then start adding all the rest...veggies, frozen fruit, etc. I keep bananas frozen in baggies (already broken in thirds)....and then get that large mixed fruit organic bag from Sams. I also put in Chia seeds, acai powder and cacao nibs, along with maca root, skate liver oil, etc.

    For those just starting out, make it sweet enough for just the kids get used to it, decrease the sweetness...their tastebuds will actually want LESS sugar.

  17. OOOH YUM!! I wish you were my Mommy!!! Looks great Janell,

  18. We do smoothies too, and here is our recipe:
    4-5 frozen strawberries
    1 small banana
    2 heaping tablespoons of plain no-fat yogurt
    a squeeze of honey
    1 heaping teaspoon of Udo's Choice®
    Wholesome Fast Food Blend® (
    one small scoop of a protein powder
    and top up with So Delicious Coconut Milk (Vanilla)

    I am waiting 'till I can afford a Blendtech to add in fresh greens.

  19. I do this, but since I'm NOT a morning person, I make enough for the week and freeze them in mason jars. Then I take one from the freezer at night and stick it in the fridge so it's ready in the morning. It's perfect, and I've been doing it for a couple months now. Perfect!


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