Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many days in a row can one eat cold cereal?  On the other hand, what busy mom has the time to make a full, hot meal every morning?

The smoothie is a great intermediary.  The possibilities are endless, it comes together super quick, and if you do it right, you can hit many food groups in one serving.  Even more importantly, with a fancy straw, you just might get your child (or fruit-averse husband) to consume some nutrients that wouldn’t normally stand a chance.  Begin with the base of your choice (yogurt or milk are perfect for getting in calcium; cranberry-pomegranate juice is nice if you’re going non-dairy), add your favorite fruits (fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, or mango are great), and a handful of ice for a nice, thick consistency.  For an extra kick, try a sprinkle of wheat germ or ground flaxseed, and a drizzle of agave nectar or honey.

A velvety smoothie

This PB-banana-flaxseed smoothie recipe comes from Cooking Light.  It’s rich and decadent, and allures everyone in my family.  With fruit, protein, dairy, and flaxseed (omega 3s), it stands alone as a meal, and will keep you full for the entire morning.

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