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!
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!)
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?