Smoothie breakfast

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By Natasha Kyssa

The end of summer is bittersweet, and after a relaxing few months of taking things at a slower pace, the ring of an alarm clock can be a rude awakening. Getting back into a daily school routine can be tough for both kids and parents, when the slow mornings of summertime are abruptly replaced with early rising and chaotic routines of backpacks, school supplies, car pooling and homework.
While parents begin the annual scramble for back-to-school essentials with their kids, many overlook the most important necessity for the school year — healthy meals. After all, childhood is a crucial time when bodies are growing, and a healthy diet is essential in helping children grow and develop correctly. It also plays a huge role in mental development and the ability to learn. Various studies show that children who eat healthy meals tend to have better concentration, better attitudes towards school, and are more attentive in class.
Most parents recognize that a nutritious breakfast is an important way to start the day right, but who has time to sit down (let alone prepare) a meal in the morning madness? And although we all want the best for our children, many parents rely on convenience foods, sending their kids to school with less than optimal breakfasts. From processed foods to sugary muffins or cereals that contain harmful dyes, preservatives and chemicals, many children begin their day on the wrong foot, because they’re not eating real food.
Yes, feeding kids quick and healthy breakfasts can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Whether you have time to pull off a sit-down meal, or need a breakfast on the go, do your kids a favor by not skimping on nutrition. Not only will you help your children grow properly, you will be instilling healthy habits that can last throughout their lives. Remember, as parents, we play a significant role in shaping our children’s eating patterns!
Nutritious, homemade smoothies are a great way to start the day – they take only moments to prepare, and provide your children with the vital nutrients required for optimal health. Smoothies are also great to slip in healthy extras (flax, chia, sesame, hemp, avocado, leafy greens, sprouts) to create delicious super meals in a glass.
Below are some quick recipes to help everyone in the family start the day well-nourished with a delicious and healthy breakfast – even if you just have a few minutes to spare.
Here’s to a healthy breakfast!
“Peanut Butter” and Banana Smoothie

A nutritious and delicious shake, perfect for rushed mornings

• 1 ½ cup almond, coconut or hemp milk
• 2 frozen bananas
• 2 tbsp almond butter
• 2 tbsp white sesame seed (rich in calcium)
• 2 tbsp hemp seed
(high in protein and essential fatty acids)
• 1 tbsp maple syrup (or a few drops of stevia)
• ¼ tsp cinnamon

Blend until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.
Strawberry Smoothie

Who doesn’t like strawberry “milk” shakes?

• 2 cups almond, coconut or hemp milk
• 1 frozen banana
• 2 cups frozen strawberries
• 2 tbsp hemp seed
(high in protein and essential fatty acids)
• 1 tbsp soaked chia
(rich in calcium and essential fatty acids)
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (or a few drops of stevia)

Blend all ingredients until creamy.

Natasha Kyssa is the author of Canadian bestsellers “The SimplyRaw Kitchen” and “The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual.” A TEDx Speaker, she also owns and operates SimplyRaw Express, Ottawa’s 100% gluten-free, plant-based restaurant. For more information visit www.simplyrawexpress.com and www.simplyraw.ca