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I'm not going to lie. I'm not a morning person at all, but I LOVE our morning routine. My 13 month old is my alarm clock and, much to my dismay, she's set early. I think it's on purpose so she can see daddy before he leaves for work, so I can't really blame her. We get up, she gets some milk and we send daddy off. We play for a while and read books and then it's our favorite meal of the day - breakfast!
We put on some jams (thank you "Never Ending Pop Rock Favorites" or "Here Comes the Sun Radio" on Google Play...), I get her some milk, peanut butter toast and bananas to get started and then make this smoothie. I'm not one to dance, but I'm so fond of mornings with T (and this smoothie) that I often can't help but bust a move to the classic rock blaring in the background. T laughs at me, as she should.
What a difference this morning routine makes. We both get our day started on the right foot with a whole lot of love, laughter, dancing and nourishment. I compiled most of the terrific vitamins/minerals/nutrients that each ingredient brings to the table and laid it all out for you in the image below. If you're like me though, and know that these things are important and good for you but have no idea why... let me sum it up: These ingredients provide immune system support, bone strength, eye health, aid in digestion, have anti-inflammatory properties, are thought to reduce the risk of asthma, heart disease and cancer, oh, and they're great for your skin and hair. Score.
If I haven't convinced you that you need this smoothie in your life like now, then let me end with it's just dang delicious. It is so stinking good and the best part is that it's both adult AND kid approved! T loves that she gets to eat what mama is eating and I love that she's getting veggies in with breakfast!
1 small-mid sized handful of baby greens (I use Taylor Farms Organic Power Greens Wellness Blend)
1/4 c. plain greek yogurt
1/2 to 1 c. (really whatever fits into your blender cup) frozen tropical fruit blend (mine has peach, mango, pineapple and banana in it)
1/2 c. orange juice
1 T. chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until well combined.