This post is sponsored on behalf of Terminix. As always, opinions are my own.
Mornings are the toughest part of the day in my house – at least for me. I’m getting kids ready to run out of the house, somehow pulling myself together, and I have to try to time it perfectly so everyone is dropped off, delivered and arrives on time to child care, preschool (soon to be real school) and work on time – before 8 a.m. Add in my 30-minute commute, and it’s no wonder that I don’t really sleep at night. One thing I can’t compromise, however, is breakfast. I always eat breakfast in the mornings, and my son is fed before we leave the house. (My daughter – for now – eats breakfast at my mom’s house.)
Years ago I made this strawberry banana smoothie for myself, and then my son took a liking to it. It’s packed with fruit, and it’s so quick to make. At the time, I was having a hard time getting fruits or vegetables into my kid, so this was a great solution.
Four ingredients are needed. Strawberries, bananas, orange juice and vanilla yogurt. That’s all you need. Once upon a time, we were able to find sliced frozen strawberries in bulk and they were perfect for this smoothie. Frozen whole strawberries work too. Feel free to sub out the strawberries with blueberries or another fruit you have on hand. (Or just add another fruit! Want to get some green into your kid? Add some fresh spinach leaves. I’m a fan of a versatile smoothie.
1 small container of vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 to 2 cups of frozen strawberries (depends on how much smoothie you want – 3 servings or less?)
Add the yogurt and orange juice to the blender first. Most times I pour orange juice into the yogurt cup (it saves on dishes I have to wash later.) Then add the banana. Add strawberries to the top and blend on high until it’s pureed and smoothie-texture.
We’re able to get an entire pitcher full of smoothie and it can last us two breakfasts sometimes. (Some days my son drinks it in the afternoon.)
Oh, and if you are truly going to take this smoothie on the go, I have the take ‘n toss cups for my kids, and they’re perfect. We re-use the cups, but if one is inadvertently left in the car for a few days there’s no guilt if I have to toss it.
What is your go-to breakfast item when times are the busiest?