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I've never really been a 'sit and enjoy a big breakfast' kind of girl. Unless it's a holiday, or I'm home at my parents house in NJ for the weekend, I am usually more of a grab and go kind of girl. In fact, I have the same thing for breakfast most weekdays; I am a creature of habit that way. What is my meal of choice? Most days it consists of a bowl of oatmeal and a homemade smoothie.
I expect a few things out of my breakfast: it should be simple enough to prepare in a few minutes or less so that my nearly mobile baby doesn't tear my living room to shreds in my absence. It should also taste good and keep me full enough to last several hours. I am known for pushing my lunch until late in the day, so I try and make sure my breakfast is enough to keep me going through my workout/errands/taking care of baby packed morning.
I am always looking for ways to make my morning routine easier, healthier and more satisfying, so when I found Carnation Breakfast Essentials at Walmart, I was excited to add some more protein, and a little chocolate flavor to my morning smoothie.
I have been making my smoothies the same way for along time. I follow a super simple recipe, and can throw the whole thing together in less than five minutes.
Quick Morning Fruit Smoothie Recipe
What You'll Need:
Heaping handful (about 1 cup) frozen mixed fruit (I typically use mixed berries or a tropical blend that includes pineapple, peaches, mango and strawberries)
About 1 cup of skim milk (you can also sub water or juice of your choice)
1 small container of greek yogurt (your choice: I typically use vanilla or raspberry)
1-2 scoops Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder (comes in chocolate or vanilla flavors)
I combine all of my ingredients in a Magic Bullet cup and then blend it all together. You can also do the same in whatever blender you have at home. I love the Bullet because I can just take the cup with me and go!
A smoothie is a super easy and quick way to start your morning off right. You can choose exactly what goes into your liquid breakfast, and pack it with nutrients and enough protein to get you through the first chunk of your day. I buy all of my ingredients at local retailers, and right now, when you shop at Walmart, you can use this coupon to get $1.00 off your purchase of any Carnation Breakfast Essentials item. They come in a variety of flavors including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate malt. Talk about adding a quick flavor boost to your breakfast! Carnation Breakfast Essentials products include 21 vitamins and minerals, up to 13g of protein per serving, and as much calcium as a 6 ounce cup of yogurt! How is that for packing a punch? And, if you're looking for something a little more exciting, or you like to change your smoothie recipe up each morning, you can get a bunch of smoothie recipe ideas from Carnation right here.
So, what are you waiting for? Go pick up your ingredients and get blending!