06/08/2015

Very Berry Vanilla Smoothie

My 3-year-old loves smoothies. Like, absolutely LOVES them. She's normally a pretty good eater but she will eat pretty much anything if I put it in the blender and call it a smoothie so I've gotten pretty good at coming up with super healthy concoctions that work for the kids and for my Weight Watchers plan.
Because I have a one-year-old and a three-year-old, getting out the door in the morning can be a bit crazy and skipping breakfast is just not an option for any of us (if you've ever dealt with a hungry toddler, you'll understand!). It's become my routine on busy mornings to throw together a quick smoothie that I can serve to the kids (along with their toast, oatmeal or eggs) and I can take on-the-go as my breakfast. This recipe is not complicated but it contains several servings of fruit and protein to keep us going until lunchtime, all with a smooth vanilla flavour. It's easy to customize to your tastes and dietary preferences and I think you're going to love it!





You'll need:

1 ripe banana
2 cups frozen mixed berries (I use mainly blueberries with some raspberries and blackberries. These flavours go nicely with the vanilla)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt + 2/3 cup ice-cold water OR 1 cup coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk (your choice!)

To make:

Add the banana, frozen berries and vanilla to your blender.

Add the Greek yogurt and water OR the milk-substitute of your choice.



Blend until smooth, and serve!





 I love this smoothie because it's the perfect quick breakfast or snack and it's great for kids! And the vanilla does a great job of enhancing the sweetness of the banana and the berries so you don't need to add any fruit juice or sweeteners!



This smoothie is 0 PointsPlus on the Weight Watchers Simply Filling program (a program designed to promote weight loss through a whole-food diet free from added sugar, refined carbohydrates, and unhealthy fat), but if you're following the traditional Weight Watchers program this smoothie is 1 PointPlus, so it's still a great choice for a snack or breakfast!

I hope you enjoy this one! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite on-the-go breakfast?

16 comments:

  1. Mmmm, I've got everything for this in the fridge - guess what I'm having for lunch?

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    1. I'm making it again today for breakfast too :) So yummy!

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  2. Love this pretty and nutritious smoothie Chrissie! Your toddler as good taste for sure. :)

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  3. What an easy yummy treat, especially great to hide those fruits and veggies in ! ;)

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  4. Great way to get more fruit into fussy eaters. Lovely easy recipe. Pinned.

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  5. Love me some smoothies. I love pomegranate and peaches. Basically anything that is about to go bad goes into the freezer for smoothies. Add a scoop of protein and it's a complete meal on the go!

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  6. We love smoothies....and it looks beautiful. Guess I will be trying this one out in the new Vitamix!! NICE pics!!

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  7. Looks beautiful. My kids love smoothies too. I try to throw a little green stuff in there...but then it doesn't look nearly this beautiful! :-)

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  8. Lovely photos! Looks like a winner....

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  9. Another delicious recipe! Haven't tried straight up Greek yogurt so that's now on my list :)

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  10. What a great way to start your day, or kick off your afternoon!

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  11. This is pretty much my go-to smoothie recipe! So easy and filling for breakfast. I normally add a little cinnamon and/or nutmeg but love the addition of vanilla and plan on trying it this weekend! My sister made homemade vanilla extract so that'll be a great recipe to try it in.

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  12. I love berry smoothies, too, though the vanilla extract seems like a must try.

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  13. We are huge smoothie fans here as well (especially the 2.5yo)! I too have started making them every morning and loading them with veg to try and stave off the snack requests I get a million times a day :) This one sounds great!!

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  14. How many servings are in this recipe?

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    1. For the amounts listed I'd say 2 servings, but I'll be honest...if I'm doing an intense workout that morning and this smoothie is my breakfast I'll be able to down the whole thing myself! :)

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