Foodie Friday: Drink Your Breakfast -- #ThisIsNow

In 1964 Carnation Instant Breakfast hit the grocery store shelves. Hip teens, busy moms and kids of all ages loved drinking something resembling a milkshake for breakfast.  This type of protein-and-vitamin-enhanced drink was, and still is, considered a healthy, fast alternative to the traditional eggs and cereal of the American breakfast table.

Today, while powders you can buy to add to milk or juice are certainly still popular ways to drink your breakfast, there are many almost-as-fast alternatives that you can make from fresh ingredients.

So get out your blender, and try one or more of these ideas. The recipes aren’t exact, so you can customize them to your taste and nutritional preferences:

Strawberry-banana smoothie: Blend about ¾ cup milk (cow’s, almond, soy), a handful of frozen strawberries and ½ banana. Replace some of the milk with Greek yogurt or add a scoop of protein powder, if desired.

Oatmeal fruit smoothie: Blend about ½ cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, or a mix), 1/4 banana, 1/4 cup orange juice, ½ cup milk and ¼ cup uncooked instant oatmeal.

Protein powerhouse: Blend ¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese, ½ cup chocolate milk, ¼ banana, 1 Tbsp. low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1 tsp. ground flaxseed, 1 tsp. chocolate whey protein powder, 3 ice cubes. (optional, blend in 1/8 cup chopped pecans)

Green smoothie: ½ cup coconut milk (or almond milk), 2 cups stemmed and chopped kale or spinach, 1 ½ cups chopped fresh pineapple, 1 ripe banana. Puree till smooth, about a minute. Add more water if needed to reach a drinkable consistency.

Tip: When fresh bananas start to get old, peel them, break them into chunks and freeze. They’re delicious in a smoothie!

For more great smoothie recipes, as well as other healthy recipes, browse our boards on Pinterest.


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