Jan 8, 2009

Breakfast Smoothie

 

In my perennial search for the perfect smoothie, I stumbled upon this combination! Turns out to be the perfect breakfast.

As much as I like the Tangerine Dream and Jayden’s Smoothie; I just need more fibres to get me through the morning. So I’ve added something I normally don’t care much for; muesli. Plain, unsweetened muesli (with dried fruit) works like a charm when combined with fresh fruit, yogurt and milk. On it’s own I honestly wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole.

The smoothie is packed with vitamins and fibres but with the flavor of a normal smoothie and just a little texture. Bingo! Now I could have named it “Purple Passion“, or even “Magenta Magic” would have done, but come on, it’s just liquid breakfast. So here’s a novel idea, why don’t I name it “Breakfast Smoothie“:)

Ingredients:

1/2 to 1 banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp muesli
1 cup milk

optional: sugar or honey
optional: ice cubes

directions:

Where would I be without my blender? Got a great bargain on a Philips juicer a few days ago (bought it 60% off retail price), keep it on the kitchen counter right next to the blender now and use fresh juice in smoothies. Magic in a glass, I tell ya. But anyway, I digress!

Depending on how thick you like the smoothie, add 1/2 to 1 banana and 1/2 a cup blueberries.

Pour in 1/2 cup (low fat) yogurt.

I also threw in 1/4 tsp vanilla extract for a little extra flavor. You can also add a little extra sugar or honey if you like it sweet. I love the natural sweetness of the berries so I never add sugar.

I know that many people like it, but I’ve never cared for it much. Muesli with dried fruit. It just looks like horse feed to me, really, I can’t help it. You won’t catch me eating a bowl of this with milk, but when it’s pulverized in a blender I actually like it.

tip: you can also do this with rolled oats, tried that as well!

I couldn’t get my munchkin to eat muesli if his life depended on it, but, I found out that not telling him works really well. It’s even considered ‘yummy‘ that way. No, that’s not lying, it’s just a slightly more creative version of truth!

Ok, I know the photo is completely not food related, but really, can you blame me for sqeezing it in? Love, love, love that gorgeous little face. So does he! Poster child for self-love, I swear.

I’ve added 4 tbsp muesli. You can also throw in a few ice cubes if you like. I’m skipping them—only have to look outside (15F) and that’s all the ice I need for now.

Pour in 1 cup of milk.

Blitz, blitz, blitz for about 45 to 60 seconds. Until everything has blended well and the muesli has been pulverized.

This is really a simple and fast breakfast, but so packed with flavor and fibre, it’s a meal in itself. Don’t you love the wicked purple color!?! 

 

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    29 Comments »

    1. 1

      Fantastic way to use up the muesli that I have in stock for ages – hope my kids are none the wiser!!
      Your little one is gorgeous-love that hair!

      aadila on Jan 8, 2009 @ 4:06 pm Reply
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      With him hitting the terrible two’s and refusing so many vegetables, I’ve even stooped to juicing broccoli and spinach along with fresh fruit to hide the flavor … the kid is clueless and I’m happy. If I can’t get him to eat healthy, I’ll sure try my best to make him drink healthy :)

      Kay on Jan 8, 2009 @ 4:14 pm Reply
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      That is my kind of breakfast smoothie. Delicious, good for you, and beautiful to look at. Your son is such a cutie. Great hair!

      Karen (KayKay) on Jan 8, 2009 @ 5:46 pm Reply
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      Looks delicious! I just stumbled upon your website and am really enjoying it. thanks :)

      Erica on Jan 8, 2009 @ 6:50 pm Reply
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      Yum. A great way to start the day.

      Fiona on Jan 8, 2009 @ 7:32 pm Reply
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      Karen, I love the spikey hair. You don’t want to see him now, though, he looks so sad … we’ve both come down with some sort of flu.

      Kay on Jan 8, 2009 @ 7:38 pm Reply
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      This is a perfect pick me up before the morning work out!!

      Cathy on Jan 8, 2009 @ 8:49 pm Reply
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      Kay,

      I love the smoothie recipe! My guys have grown tired of ours and keep fusing that they are still hungry. I have been sneaking musli into pancakes, banana bread, and muffins recently with them none the wiser but never thought to add it to a smoothie. Since the “boys” are 9, 12, and soon to be 15 I am having to be really sneaking when it comes to good nutrition! Their idea of nutitious meal is pizza, chips, and soda! No it isn’t what they get but it is what they like! How do you like your juicer? What all do you use it for? We have been looking at them but I haven’t been brave enough to venture that far as of yet!!

      Your son is so cute!!! I love that spikey blond hair and those baby blues!!!

      Peggy on Jan 8, 2009 @ 10:03 pm Reply
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      Peggy, same here. So what I do is throw an awful lot of vegetables into my dutch oven, sautee them for a bit to get the flavors going, add two cans diced tomatoes and some broth and simmer the whole thing. Use an immersion blender to make a thick sauce and simply freeze it in portions. I spike pizza’s and pasta sauces with it. Add it to minced meat balls, even make chicken burgers with it. I also do that with mashed vegetable purees.

      I’m already addicted to the juicer, I use it several times a day. Make the weirdest combinations of fruit and vegetables, and use the fresh juice for smoothies as well. You don’t want to know the amount of fresh veggies and fruit I get into him now! He drinks spinach and broccoli and doesn’t even know it, it’s fantastic :)

      Kay on Jan 8, 2009 @ 10:09 pm Reply
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      Smoothies are great; we have been making cherry ones with frozen black cherries. Just before serving we add a dash of raw sugar for a sweet touch and some crunch, but your idea of the muesli is so great. I never would have thought of that!

      Oh, your pictures are great, always!

      Sheila on Jan 8, 2009 @ 11:32 pm Reply
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      Also loving the smoothy…thanks Kay.

      I just love blueberries – their taste is awesome, but they also stay fresh for soooo long, so I always have some handy.

      I also have a juicer handy on my bench, and I’ve found adding a kiwi fruit to whatever I’m mixing just about totally hides the flavour of anything else. I’ve hidden a multitude of other vegies and fruits my kids would have never eaten.

      Haven’t tried adding muesli to a smoothy before, so will try it out soon.

      Zehava on Jan 8, 2009 @ 11:53 pm Reply
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      Ooooh! That looks like a great, tasty, healthy smoothie! Just what I need for this new year’s resolution thing I’m working on. ;)

      Melissa on Jan 9, 2009 @ 5:53 am Reply
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      60% off retail price is a steal! WOW!

      Mrs Ergül on Jan 9, 2009 @ 6:31 am Reply
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      Kay, I sure hope you & Jayden are feeling better soon! My little Jared has hair the same color as Jayden. He loves blueberries, too, and I can’t wait to make this smoothie for both of us. We just bought 1 & 1/2 pounds of blueberries from Costco just a few days ago. Perfect timing (for us!) for you to post this recipe.

      Niteowl Nancy on Jan 9, 2009 @ 7:08 am Reply
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      This sounds great to me. And I’m glad you put the pictures of your little one in. They added just the right amount of sweetness.

      Kate on Jan 11, 2009 @ 5:54 am Reply
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      It’s look very good…I’ll make this recipe… I just don’t have any blueberries, it’s expensive here in Brazil!
      Well, congratulations your blogger is very nice!

      kisses

      Pablo Andrés on Jan 14, 2009 @ 2:11 am Reply
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      Looks fantastic, but how is it for keeping you full until lunch time?

      Sean on Jan 14, 2009 @ 7:25 pm Reply
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      Heehee – This looks like one of those pesky shakes that leave blueberry skins/seeds stuck in your teeth. Talk about embarrassing experiences :)

      But I’m willing to endure a little embarrassment – I love blueberries! Thanks for the recipe.

      Abbie on Jan 14, 2009 @ 9:14 pm Reply
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      Hello, I’ve just arrived here from Tastespotting. I love your blog design – it’s really pretty and a nice change from all that white.

      We make smoothies very frequently and add something very similar – a tablespoon or two of oats. It thickens the smoothie up and keeps it nice and filling

      Sophie on Feb 17, 2009 @ 11:05 pm Reply
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      I love a good smoothie! I quite often make them for my kids when they are sick, as they are such a great way to get healthy ingredients into them :) Your recipe looks great!

      finsmom on Feb 18, 2009 @ 12:01 am Reply
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      Funny, I just finished writing a smoothie post for tomorrow. I love the idea of putting meusli in it. I need more fiber in my diet and that’s a great idea. I’ve used oats before but I bet meusli has much better flavor. I also love the way you write fibre :)

      Sara @ Our Best Bites on May 29, 2009 @ 12:55 am Reply
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      OMG.
      YUM.
      YUM.
      YUM.

      i just made this for all of my elderly residents at the assisted living home.
      i love it.
      tomorrow morning they will wake up with a smile!

      yum.
      yum.
      yum.
      yum.

      thanksss!

      Rachel on Sep 5, 2009 @ 10:13 am Reply
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      I’m not a fan of dieting, but for health reasons I put myself on a blender and smoothie diet a couple of years back and the results were incredible. I had a smoothie just like this one for morning tea which would keep me going through to lunch. But first thing in the morning I would blend up a smoothie with frozen berries, frozen bananas, raw broccoli, a leaf of silverbeet or spinach and some apple. Sounds hideous, but believe it or not it was absolutely delicious! And fantastic for losing weight but still keeping good nutrition. Very fast results and I had more energy than ever! If you’re after quick and easy breakfasts or a healthy meal replacement if you need to detox, these are brilliant. Great to see recipes adding the extra fibre.

      Wicked Weber Smokers on Nov 16, 2009 @ 11:55 pm Reply
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      ik doe eerst sinasappelen, grapefruit, citroen (eerst uitpersen) dan in de blender, toevoegen 2 appels en een paar kiwi’s.
      Dan mixen.
      De vloeistof wordt helemaal stijf (ook buiten de koeling) Het is net appelmoes.
      Hoe is dit mogelijk???
      gaarne reactie.

      grtn

      martin aarden on Dec 4, 2009 @ 1:59 pm Reply
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      @martin aarden:

      Ik heb geen idee. Wat heeft dat precies met mijn recept te maken?

      Kay on Dec 4, 2009 @ 2:02 pm Reply

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