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Start your day in a lighter way with this skinny strawberry banana smoothie.
We all know how taxing it can be in the morning to get a nutritious breakfast on the table. Mornings in my house can be very hectic. Sometimes, it just feels easier to skip breakfast. But when I do that, I often over indulge later in the day. So, for me, smoothies help to overcome that hurdle and deliver a great taste at the same time. This skinny strawberry banana smoothie is one that I have started making this year. Instead of normal milk, I use almond milk and a brown sugar substitute to help keep the calories lower.
I am always looking for new and fresh ways to get my mornings off to a better start. But I have a busy life too. I know that hitting that snooze button is often appealing when I am really tired, but doing so actually makes the day get off to a WORSE start for me. It puts me behind the eight ball. I’m always amazed when I resist that snooze button and actually get out of bed early. I get SO MUCH MORE done in my day.
My biggest tip to those of you who have the same problems getting things going in the morning as I do is to discover smoothies! I make them at least 2-3 times a week. I love the taste of them, for a start, and they are SO DARN EASY to get on the table!
I recently discovered the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® 7-day Breakfast Challenge. Carnation is challenging me (and you, if you would like) to try and enjoy a nutritious breakfast for just 7 days. That is only a week! Surely, I can manage this challenge!
To join in the challenge, I will be doing some simple breakfast missions for one week. This challenge is going on through the end of February and there are even chances to win prizes to make it more appealing for me! I’m actually looking forward to seeing what the breakfast missions are each day. Hopefully, I will discover some new tips to make my morning schedule less hectic and more at ease. I encourage you to enter the challenge as well. There are lots of ways to enter, including games, IQ tests, recipe challenges and more. It really is fun!
Breakfast Essentials Challenge:
- Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:
- 1. Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com.
- 2. Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes will be revealed every day!
- 3. Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
- 4. Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.
My first step in this challenge is to make this delicious skinny strawberry banana smoothie for my family. It is quick to get ready and so, so tasty. With Carnation Breakfast Essentials® French Vanilla powder, as well as frozen strawberries and bananas, pure vanilla extract, some brown sugar replacement, and lower calorie almond milk, this smoothie will give me a nutritious start to my day, without breaking the calorie bank.
This recipe could not be easier to make. Just start by placing your frozen strawberries and bananas in a blenderalong with the almond milk. I like to process these items first to make sure that the fruit is nicely pureed.
Next, add the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® French vanilla powder. brown sugar substitute, and pure vanilla extract and blend until smooth. That’s all there is to it! How easy is that?
I love to serve my smoothies in mason jar mugs with a super wide smoothie straw. This gives a fun look to the breakfast table and makes the smoothie easy to drink. If you like, you can add a bit of fresh fruit to add some extra fiber to the meal.
This skinny strawberry banana smoothie is amazing! You will think you are drinking a decadent Strawberry milk shake but without all those pesky calories! The frozen banana gives the smoothie the extra thickness and is super delicious too. I love the hint of almond that the almond milk adds to the smoothie!
The Carnation Breakfast Essentials® French vanilla powder gives a level of creaminess that takes this smoothie to a whole new level and the smoothie has only about 300 calories in it. Perfect for a quick morning breakfast if you are watching your weight.
And if you are in an extra hurry, Carnation also makes their Breakfast Essentials® in ready to drink bottles for extra convenience. They are perfect for those days when I give in and actually DO hit that snooze button!!
If you would like to make this smoothie, head on over to your local Kroger store and visit the breakfast aisle, then get the rest of the ingredients in the health food section and frozen fruit area. (I freeze my own bananas, but purchase frozen strawberries.)
What is your biggest challenge in the morning to get a nutritious breakfast ready for your family? Is it time, tiredness, or a lack or good recipes? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you ARE looking for some quick and easy breakfast recipes, be sure to visit Carnation Breakfast Essentials® on Facebook. They have loads of great inspiration that they share with their fans there.
- 1 packet French Vanilla Flavor CARNATION BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS® powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp of brown sugar replacement
- 1 frozen banana (cut into chunks)
- 8 frozen whole strawberries
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Place the almond milk, frozen bananas and frozen strawberries into a blender and mix until smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it becomes a milk shake consistency. Pour into mason jar mugs and add a smoothie straw. Drink immediately.
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