As I begin thinking about back to school my first thought goes to our crazy schedules. This year for the first time my boys will be at different schools. My oldest is heading to middle school this year which means a whole different schedule from my youngest. We all know how hard it is to get kids up and ready in the morning but I think I will have an extra cranky son as he needs to get up earlier than normal, especially the first few weeks of school.
I need to start thinking now of how we are going to manage our morning routine smoothly and effectively. I am a huge fan of starting the day off with a healthy breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and I want to know that my boys are getting the healthiest foods in their bodies before heading to school, just in case they don’t eat all their lunch. We are huge smoothie fans in our house and I can add all sorts of healthy foods in them that they will actually eat. Here are some of our tried and true favorites and some new ones that we will try this school year.
Healthy Smoothie Ideas for Back to School
Avocado is my go-to ingredient when making smoothies. They are super healthy and containing 20 different vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, lots of fiber and more potassium than bananas. This Avocado Protein Smoothie reminds me more of a shake because it’s so thick. I could make this everyday and the boys would gobble it up. When you purchase any sort of protein make sure they contain healthy ingredients because not all protein powders are created equally.
Got Blueberries? Don’t you hate when you look in the fruit drawer of your fridge and find a whole container of fruit that you forgot you had, and to make it worse they are about to go bad? Smoothies are a great way to use up fruits (and veggies) that have seen better days. This Blueberry Fruit Smoothie is super easy using just few ingredients.
This Superfood Smoothie is jammed packed with healthy ingredients that makes it a full meal. It’s perfect to make on those busy days when the kids wake up late and you are rushing out the door with no time to eat. Make it and put it in a thermos and send the kiddos on their way.
It’s sometimes hard to get enough protein into our kids bodies, well this Green Smoothie does the trick! It’s bright and fresh, and contains no added sweeteners. It’s also made with an organic rice protein powder so it’s dairy free and soy free for those that can’t handle dairy.
Papaya might not be everyone’s favorite fruit but when you put it in a smoothie it gives the smoothie a nice natural sweet flavor that cuts some of the bitterness of the greens. My suggestion is to freeze the papaya first before using in a smoothie so the smoothie doesn’t get too watery.
Have you ever considered putting grains in your smoothies? Well, if you haven’t then you need to start. Oatmeal is a obvious choice because it’s easy to blend and it doesn’t have much taste so it allows you to give added fiber and protein plus make the smoothie thicker so the kiddos think they are drinking a shake instead of smoothie. This Strawberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie is a perfect example of how easy it can be. I also love to add other grains like quinoa or amaranth for added protein, fiber and iron. This Protein Gluten Free Smoothie is one of my favorites to make when the boys are in desperate need of something healthy before school or after school sports.
Now I have a brand new smoothie that we have been drinking weekly throughout the summer. We use peanut butter but you can also do sunflower or almond butter if you have a peanut allergy. We are also loving this new vegan pea protein which contains 21 grams of organic plant based protein.
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 scoops vanilla pea protein
2 frozen bananas
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon of a flax, chia and hemp seed mixture
handful of ice
Blend all ingredients together and serve, makes 2 smoothies.
As the school year begins think about going the smoothie route. It’s a great breakfast option for those hectic mornings or boost before after school sports. These sustainable smoothies will give you more energy to keep your mind sharp throughout the day. Check out other healthy breakfast options for when you have more time to prepare that will also keep the kiddos (and you) fit and healthy throughout the school year.
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