It seems as though summer just started, but with Labor Day right around the corner schools are opening all across the country. Are you ready for the new day-to-day routine that back to school and early fall activities bring into our lives?
And with the beginning of another school year, our daily routines change once again. But with change also come opportunity and the back to school time is a great opportunity to begin habits that include healthy eating. This year, instead of worrying about how you and your kids can get the best nutrition every day, make some time to plan healthy meals that are easy to make and also fit into your soon to be hectic schedule. Including smoothies in your back to school meal plans is a great way to provide the healthy food nutrition that we all need. And making back to school smoothies is takes less time than waiting in line in the drive-through, or making a meal. Also, smoothies can be created from just about everything so no one is going to get bored with them. So, make your shopping list with smoothies in mind.
Then, with your list in hand, make a trip to the store and be sure to stock up on the basics for you (or your kids) to make healthy delicious smoothies for breakfast and snacks.
No one is saying our favorite treats should be abandoned, but a trip to the store or local fruit market is well worth the time if you can wash and freeze fresh blueberries, strawberries and bananas. But if time is not on your side, then just grab some frozen fruits.
When you start building some menus do it with your kids to get them involved in the process. Trust me, they will be eager to make and eat their “creations.” Bananas, strawberries and yogurt blend together to make some of the best breakfast smoothies; and an afternoon snack of peanut butter and oatmeal is a great after-school treat.
To get you started, here is a really tasty and healthy breakfast smoothie to get back to school the right way:
In your favorite blendermix:
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING!)
- 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 1/2 cup cold Orange Juice (please, not from concentrate)
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp Chia seed This is a sort of secret ingredient that adds a whole dictionary of nutrition and is virtually unnoticeable in the mix.