Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Early Morning Strawberry Banana Smoothie


For those early mornings when there's only minutes until the bus comes and everyones fighting about who's wearing who's tee shirt while frantically rushing around the house searching for lacrosse sticks and last night's homework, smoothies are the answer.  I feel rather proud of this smoothie, it's become an old friend. It’s the way I’ve slipped flaxseeds (and an occasional teaspoon or two of fish oil – but don’t overdo it) into my children's breakfast for the last 10 years without them really noticing or complaining. 

Most of the time my girls aren't hungry at 6.30am and I don't really function until the second cup of coffee has hit the system, so I need something simple and nutritious. I try hard to cram as much goodness as I can into each glass without them being aware of it to raise objections and I think I've mastered the art of pulling a fast one. It may be conditioning but they ask for this now.

In the blender combine;

1 frozen banana (if you don't have a frozen banana just throw in a handful of ice cubes)
A healthy handful of strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (plain, vanilla or lemon flavor)
1/2 cup milk (skimmed, low fat or whole, or you can subsitute almond, goat or soy milk)
A generous squeeze of agave nectar
1 tablespoon of flax seeds
1 tablespoon of vanilla whey protein powder
1 teaspoon of fish oil (optional)

Blitz in the blender, the noise this generates is guaranteed to wake up any stragglers.

Pour into a glass and prepare to wake up!

35 comments:

  1. I loooove smoothies! Yours sounds perfect - delicious, refreshing, and nutritious!! :)

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  2. Looks like a perfect way to start the day! Yummy too!

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  3. That sounds fantastic, Oh I could do with one of those right now! xx

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  4. Oh yeah! great minds thinking alike and what not :) Love the bit about the stragglers :) We wake up our 3yr old that way almost everyday :) We should make out drinks one day, meet up and sip together - what says you?

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  5. Mmmm this looks and sounds absolutely delicious - and good for you always a bonus. :)

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  6. this is such a great idea, I keep telling myself i will do this but never do, now I will, thanks for the inspiration

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  7. Scrumptious! You are so sly for sneaking in that fish oil!

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  8. I'm not a fan of bananas, but I could just do the ice cubes. I love the idea of adding the flax. I add that to my homemade bread. Thanks for visiting my blog! That blueberry almond lemon cake sounds so good, too, as do sooo many more of your delightful recipes.

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  9. Yum, this looks sooo delicious. I love that you sneak some flax seed in this. I could see myself having this for a healthy breakfast and I know my family would love it too.

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  10. What a great way to kick start a Tuesday morning!

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  11. I make smoothies all the time for myself and my girls too. And like you, I need my coffee first thing to function properly :)

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  12. Mary, that looks so good!! I often think I'm going to make a smoothie, but then, I never get around to it! I think it's the thought of using banana that does it for me. I am not overly fond of bananas. xxoo

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  13. What a great way to sneak in a little extra healthy stuff! My kids love smoothies for breakfast.

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  14. Simple and perfect for any time of the day actually! Looks lovely!

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  15. I think I really love your "fast ones" :) You can pull one like this on me anytime. I have to laugh thinking about your house in the morning with four girls running around - Oh my! Also, I'm so impressed that you find the time to blog and create such amazing food Mary. Three cheers for YOU!

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  16. It sounds delicious and refreshing!Kisses!

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  17. A great way to start the day

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  18. What a fabulous idea Mary!

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  19. What a great way to start the day!

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  20. Mmm..I love smoothies and have many mornings while the kids are running around trying to find there things..Lol life of a mom! Sometimes I sneak a handful or two of spinach in and the kids never know! Have a great week!

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  21. This makes a great breakfast for those who don't like to eat early in the day. I love how you've managed to include so many good for you ingredients into your recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  22. Great breakfast for the kids...mine need to incorporate some protein and this is a delicious way to do so :)

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  23. You know I adore smoothies! This sounds great. I love the way you can hide so much goodness in there with all the sweetness of fruit!

    I totally giggled at the blender waking everyone up. It's true, isn't it?

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  24. Strawberry banana smoothies are delicious. I used to omit the banana, but now I can't get enough of them!

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  25. my 3 yr old loves his smoothies. As a quick fix i keep a bag of jamba juice frozen smoothie mix in the freezer but I love this homemade version. I must try it soon

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  26. I JUST posted a recipe for a strawberry banana smoothie and then clicked over here and found yours! We are on the same page...too funny. I added some flax to mine, but I like how you added the fish oil. Smoothies are great for sneaking in goodness. Aren't they just the best go to breakfast?

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  27. I'm not much of a breakfast eater but I think this would be a good way to start off a busy day. I used to slip little "extras" into my children's milk shakes when they were little. What they didn't know was good for them. Happy Mother's Day!

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  28. Smoothies are a staple in our house and I always throw in some sort of veggie for the kids. I tend to drink a kale or spinach smoothie every other day as it's a great way to get some extra veggies in.

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  29. i'm sure your kids wont mind awakened by those noises to a fruitful delicious smoothies!

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  30. YUM! this is making me want to whip one up right now, it looks so delicious! and what a great idea to make as breakfasts for those on the go...I'm not the biggest fan of sitting down to some cereal either so I'll definitely give this a go!

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  31. Now that strawberry season is here and I always have plenty of them tucked away in my refrigerator, this is a perfect way to use some of them. A quick and easy breakfast is perfect, especially when it's as healthful and delicious as a smoothie! :)

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  32. That looks really delicious. My son keeps trying to get me to make him smoothies and I just haven't yet! I think we're heading towards juicing (so P. can get more veggies). Love what you slip into there!

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  33. Such a healthy and hearty breakfast. Your pictures always look fabulous x

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  34. Perfect! I'm just fixing to go my make very first flax seed smoothie :) This is a great post for me!

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  35. This sounds perfect in the morning! I love smoothies. You're right, they are such a great and easy breakfast- so delicious and nutritious! Great idea to use Greek yogurt!

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