Is it possible to be a dedicated homeschooling mom while still making time for myself as an individual (a girlie girl who likes cute shoes)? I like to think so. Follow along, and I'll let you know for sure.

Trust me . . . it's not ALL about the shoes.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Time-Saving Sunday - Blender Breakfasts

We love our weekend family time, but Sunday often becomes my day to prepare for the upcoming week. This will be the day I’ll call upon some fabulous mama friends to share their expertise on how to keep our homes running smoothly and our families well fed while still leaving plenty of time for school. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a guest post over at Vegan in the Kitchen sharing one of my favorite green smoothie recipes. Since I'm in the midst of vacation-induced laziness (and end-of-vacation-packing craziness), I'm cheating Time-Saving Sunday this week by repeating that post.

With that confession out of the way, let me add that we are huge green smoothie fans - and this is definitely one of our faves! I am decidedly not a morning person, but I have a knack for planning morning activities, which often makes breakfast a hurried affair in our house.

Green smoothies are our go-to breakfast for days when I don’t have much time to make anything (or we don’t have time to sit and eat). They are packed with nutrition, bursting with great flavor and easy to drink on the go. For my kids, anything chocolate is always a hit, and these are great made with strawberries or raspberries instead.

If you use fresh fruit instead of frozen, be sure to add a few ice cubes to cool it off.

1 cup almond (or other non-dairy) milk
1 large banana
1 cup frozen cherries
1-2 cups packed greens (I used beet greens this time, but spinach, kale and chard all work great)
½ cup roughly chopped zucchini
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground flax

Combine all ingredients in blender, and process until creamy and smooth. This makes enough for one adult as a full breakfast or for the three of us (one adult two kids) if I’m serving it with other things. When my husband is home, I’ll double it to make enough for all four of us.


  1. Thanks Jess! You know I'm still baby stepping the smoothie making so this is perfect! I want to try this so bad but of course only have some of the ingredients on hand today, have to make that shopping list up!

  2. You inspired me. Had to get up and make myself a smoothie! I improvised though, because we didn't have your ingredients. Mine is almond milk, banana, mango, pineapple, a few cherries, greens, and a dash of vanilla. YUM!

  3. Yay! Crystal, I've found the recipe - and most smoothie recipes - to be really flexible. Every once in a while, I turn out a really bad one though! LOL!

    Missy, that sounds yummy! I've never tried vanilla in a smoothie . . . hmmm - I'll have to do that!

  4. This one is so yummy. I tried it when you guest posted on my blog. I didn't have zucchini, though, so I'm interested to try that added in soon.