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Triple berry spinach smoothies are the perfect deceptively-nutritious, surprisingly-delicious way to make your mornings easier.
Mornings. Ugh. Am I right?
Maybe it’s because I never seem to get enough sleep, or maybe it’s because I’m still adjusting to getting three kids ready to go every morning. Maybe I just suck at mornings.
Lately, though, I’ve been feeling like a bit of a mornings ninja. I’ve been religious about laying out clothes the night before- often on Sunday, for the entire week- for the kids and me. I’ve been getting lunches made and backpacks ready to go, water bottles filled and in the fridge.
The one thing I’ve been doing that has made the biggest difference is making smoothie packets for the freezer. On Sunday night, I fill five freezer bags with the ingredients I’ll need for smoothies each morning. Everything goes in the freezer and, in the morning, I just add the contents of the bag, milk, and Carnation Morning Essentials® to the blender. Breakfast is ready in less than two minutes.
My triple berry spinach smoothies are met with approval by the entire family, which is a feat in itself. As a mom, I consider it a huge win that I can whip them up so quickly, and that my kids are actually happy about eating something that’s so good for them. Convenience, nutrition, and taste all in one? Yeah, I’m definitely a mornings ninja.
There are a few other awesome things about these triple berry spinach smoothies. First, you can completely adapt them to suit your family’s needs and preferences. Any kind of milk will do, and you can change up the fruit, too. I like to use Carnation Breakfast Essentials® in Chocolate, but you can stock up on whichever flavor you prefer. Second, they’re nutrient-packed, thanks to the spinach and the Carnation Breakfast Essentials®. It’s so convenient to simply open a packet and have all those vitamins and minerals at the ready.
Triple Berry Spinach Smoothies
4 c. fresh spinach leaves
2 c. frozen berries
1/4 c. old-fashioned oats
1/4 c. peanut butter or PB2
1 c. ice cubes
2 c. almond milk
2 packets Carnation Breakfast Essentials® in Chocolate
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds. Divide between four glasses and enjoy.
To make smoothie packets, add spinach, berries, oats, peanut butter, and ice to a quart-size freezer bag. When it’s time to make the smoothie, combine the contents of the bag with the milk and the Carnation Breakfast Essentials®. If you’re making packets for the whole week, adjust the amount of each ingredient accordingly.
Any frozen berries will work, but I buy a triple berry blend of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The sweet-tart combination is perfect with the other ingredients.
Some blenders don’t handle ice or frozen fruit well. My Ninja blends both beautifully.
Don’t forget to share this recipe and tag a mama you know who could use some help being a mornings ninja!
Triple Berry Spinach Smoothies
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