Kid-Friendly Breakfast “Milkshake”

imagesIn an effort to take a bit more control over my health, I’ve been trying a new way of eating this past month. It’s a “diet” based mainly on fruits and vegetables, with things like beans, seeds, nuts and a dash of good whole grain carbs thrown in. It’s referred to as the Nutritarian lifestyle. I still indulge in some salmon and occasional meat and/or dairy, but try hard to focus on big salads and fruit for dessert. I’m finding that I want less and less of the crap now that I’m so used to reaching for lettuce and grapes. WEIRDness.

For those who are curious, check out “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Furhman. Could be a life changer, jus’ sayin.

(Disclaimer: The 10th anniversary chocolate brownie gluten free cake with cream cheese whipped cream frosting that I devoured over the last 3 days DOES NOT COUNT. I repeat, DOES NOT COUNT. Anniversary calories mean nothing. NOTHING, I SAY!)

So, the “milkshake”. The best part about the shake is that you can sneak nutrient-dense greens into it and no one will be the wiser. Here is a typical morning “milkshake” that my kids will fight tooth and nail for (that will literally strengthen their teeth and nails, har…har…? Yeah, don’t quit my day job just yet. I know.):

2 cups kale

1 cup berries (any kind you want, frozen is good too!)

1 ripe banana (to mask the taste of the greens for the kiddos)

1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple

2 tbsp. flax meal (oh yeah, omega-3s!)

1.5 cups almond/coconut milk

8 – 12 ice cubes depending thickness preference

Put everything in a blender (I have a very special relationship with my Ninja blender!) and blend until smooth. Add as many, or as few, ice cubes as you’d like until the consistency looks right. I like my shake on the thicker side and extra cold.

Word of advice, add darker berries like blueberries or raspberries to change the overall color. Otherwise, the green hue may be a bit off-putting for the younger crowd. Once they taste it – they’ll definitely ask for more!

Already tricking your own kids into drinking their fruits and veggies? What do you put in your “milkshake”? We’d love to know!

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