Monday, January 23, 2012

Healthful Breakfast Shake

So many people on Pinterest are pinning healthful shakes to help lose weight or just get more fruit and veggies in for the day. I have been making "milkshakes" for myself and my kids and I thought I would share with you my recipe.

My Chocolate Breakfast (warning, these are estimates.  I never measure, just eyeball it)
In my blender I add (in this order)
1-2 handfuls organic spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1 handful (total) frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
1 scoop chocolate shake mix (like Slimfast, but I use the store brand)
1 spoonful ground flaxseed (about 2 teaspoons)
2-3 heaping spoonfuls Greek vanilla yogurt (about 1/4 cup or so)
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Pulse a few times to make sure there is enough liquid in there to do its thing, than blend it and let it go.  So tasty!! Sometimes I put a scoop of peanut butter in there, but not usually.  It depends on what I feel like in the morning.  It turns out brown, like a chocolate shake.  The green shakes disturbed me so I had to cover them up.  This makes enough to share, so I will drink 1/2 - 3/4 of it and give the rest to Sebastian.  He loves it.

Nutrition Facts

  2 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 188.9
  Total Fat 4.4 g
      Saturated Fat 0.2 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 124.6 mg
  Potassium 313.0 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 27.9 g
      Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
      Sugars 14.5 g
  Protein 10.0 g

  Vitamin A 20.2 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 9.7 %
  Vitamin C 25.8 %
  Vitamin D 12.5 %
  Vitamin E 27.2 %
  Calcium 19.5 %
  Copper 3.3 %
  Folate 6.5 %
  Iron 4.3 %
  Magnesium 6.5 %
  Manganese 15.3 %
  Niacin 1.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     1.5 %
  Phosphorus     3.5 %
  Riboflavin 3.7 %
  Selenium 0.8 %
  Thiamin 2.0 %
  Zinc 1.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

I also make a shake for Kaelyn and take out the flax seed and shake mix and instead of almond milk I will either put in whole milk or toddler formula. Sometimes I add a squirt of chocolate or strawberry syrup. If it isn't thick enough I will add some baby cereal too. This is the ONLY way Kaelyn will get any fruit in her.  She hates fruit, but when it tastes like a milk shake, she will go for it.

I got the idea to make a shake for Kaelyn from Michelle at My Hope Fulfilled.  I hadn't even thought about making a shake for her to enjoy. Why not?  Thanks, Michelle!  You have enabled me to get some fruit in this girl!
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