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Streamlining Breakfast Routine

I love hot breakfasts and I also believe in feeding my kids good breakfasts.  I could be found making any of these in the mornings: pancakes, waffles, homemade fruit sauces, sausages, omelette, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, fritatta, potatoes, egg souffle, crepes, French toast, apple or peach pancakes, Chinese porridge, and others.  You would think I work for IHOP.  My husband used to call me crazy and informed me that most moms don’t do that.  Wow, news to me.  Really?  People don’t make breakfasts like that?  So, I decided to ask around and was surprised to find that the ones I talked to served cereals on most mornings.  Some didn’t even serve breakfasts.  I still didn’t give up my ways because I don’t believe in cold cereals.  I just don’t think they’re healthy.  Even the healthier versions contain lots of sugar.

Alas, the busyness in the mornings caught up as I have yet to figure out Calvin’s invention of the Duplicator though there’s an endless supply of free cardboard boxes at Costco to be had. So, I resorted to streamlining the breakfast routine.  A friend introduced me to kale smoothie and I decided to give it a whirl.  It’s been five months of drinking smoothies in the mornings and I’m loving it.  I make a huge batch and have everyone in the family drink a cup.  In addition, I have everyone take a fish oil capsule in the size of a horse pill.  Yeah, it’s THAT big.  We had to train one of the kids to swallow it.  This new routine definitely makes breakfasts so easy, quick, and healthy.  We reserve my crazy-hot-breakfast-days to the weekends or on special occasions.

In any given smoothie, I make sure I add items from the vegetable, fruit, and protein categories to ensure that we get all the goodies for our bodies.  Our smoothies are green looking because there are vegetables in them.  To ensure that the smoothies taste sweet and yummy, I add more fruits than vegetables.  I don’t add juice to the mixture because most juice contains added sugar.  I simply add water.  If you’re interested in streamlining your own breakfast routine, you can try making your own smoothies by referencing the following ingredients I typically use.  I use a Vita-Mix for making smoothies and I really think this is the key in making it nice and smooth like Jamba Juice.

Vegetables:

  • kale
  • spinach
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • cucumber
  • bell peppers
Fruits:
  • orange
  • apple
  • pineapple
  • watermelon
  • cantaloupe
  • banana
  • tomato
  • mango
  • cherry
  • peaches
  • berries: blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry
Protein:
  • flax meal
  • flax oil
  • tofu
  • plain yogurt
  • avocado

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  1. Andrea says

    We just got one too! It was a gift but I had such trouble getting myself to use it at first. Now I’m hooked! We do green and orange smoothies. Our kids love asking friends to guess what Mom put in the smoothie. I dump whatever is on hand. I call them “kitchen sink smoothies” because everything but the sink is in there! And yes, we still do some cold cereals on rushed mornings but I prefer oatmeal whenever possible. 😉



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