The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Tip of the Week: Smoothies for Breakfast

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And so it begins, or continues, depending on your situation. The process of getting the kids up and out of the house can be a daunting one. And fed a healthy breakfast, an additional task of dread. I would imagine few families (well, at least mine, for sure) sit down to a full family meal on a school morning. If I am in the minority, I would love to be wrong on this   one! At our house, we are fortunate to have a staggered work schedule – dad is home with the girls in the morning and I take the afternoon (homework!) shift.

Our family table is often crowded with books, papers, and the like, if the kids are at home. Art projects and the ‘finds’ from playing outside must be cleared before dinner. But by breakfast – that order has disappeared at my house. Clothes laid out the night before and bookbags join the cereal bowls and occasional pancake (so I hear). Healthy is a priority, but eaten more so. With school lunch not being served until around 1 p.m., a quickly eaten bagel is the minimum requirement. Then the other day, a friend mentioned smoothies. My kids love the idea of eating this ‘treat’ for breakfast!

Not all that keen on the process? Sounds messy, for sure. But the fruit and protein the kids will get from these ideas will help make that long morning a bit more possible. And, there are dozens of combinations to please even the pickiest of eaters. For a seasonal fruit, try Mango-Peach Smoothies or Peanut Butter-Banana Smoothies for those less adventuresome types. Happy breakfast!

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