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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Breakfast on the Run - Smoothies Can Start Your Morning Off Right

by Rosanne Rust

Breakfast is an important meal, but often busy mornings don't allow time for it. Instead of pouring coffee into your travel mug, try these smoothie recipes and start your day off right!

If your house is like mine, it’s a bit hectic in the morning. Working moms may be more concerned with getting breakfast into their kids than they are getting something nutritious for themselves.

You may know that breakfast literally means “break the fast”. After a night’s sleep (or fast) our bodies need to be fueled to face the busy day. Eating or drinking something nutritious is important, but it doesn’t have to be a full meal. If you have time for a bowl of high fiber cereal with sliced fruit and low fat milk, great, but if not, you do want to at least drink something nutritious.

Whether you work from home or work out of the home, these quick breakfast drinks can get you out the door on time, or into your home office chair with an alert brain. Get the blender out onto the counter and instead of pouring coffee into your travel mug, try one of these yummy recipes:

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie
2 c Yogurt, plain (or use 1 cup plain and 1 cup blueberry yogurt and omit berries)
1/2 c Orange juice freshly squeezed
1 c Blueberries, fresh; rinsed
1 Banana; very ripe

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on medium speed until smooth and frothy. Pour into glasses and serve.

Orange Smoothie
6 oz Orange juice concentrate, frozen
1 c low fat or non fat Milk
1 c Water
2 TB Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
10 Ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Peanut Butter Banana Milk Shake
1 1/4 c Milk
1/2 c Quaker Oats, uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)
1 Ripe banana, cut into chunks
2 TB Peanut butter
1 tsp Honey
1/4 tsp Vanilla
3 Ice cubes

Combine milk, oats, banana, peanut butter, honey and vanilla in blender container. Cover; blend 1 minute on medium speed or until smooth and creamy. Add ice cubes; cover. Blend 1 minute on high speed or until frothy.

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