A Quick and Healthy Breakfast the Kids Will Love

Chow on 05.29.12
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As with most households with small children, mornings in our house aren't usually easy. Getting a well-balanced breakfast into the kids is as hard as it was to get them to sleep through the night those first few months. If my little one eats half a banana before heading to preschool, it's a good day. That is unless I make what we call a yogurt shake. The kids love it, and I love that it sends them off on the right foot with a healthy breakfast.


1 cup organic strawberry yogurt
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 banana
3/4 cup juice, apple or orange

yogurt shake
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Making a yogurt shake couldn't be easier. You simply put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix on high for about 30 seconds or until thoroughly mixed. If you have the fruit pre-washed, it takes no more than a minute or two to make. And because you can just as easily use frozen berries, it's easy to make this shake even when your favorite fruits aren't in season. This recipe makes about two 8-ounce yogurt shakes which is the perfect amount for my children, but I know it won't be long before my son will be eating more and more and this will be just for him, but it's hard to worry about him having too much of this nutrient filled breakfast.

While many people make smoothies using fruit and ice, the yogurt shake offers more key health benefits especially for little ones. The yogurt element offers both protein and calcium which helps them stay focused during the school day and is of course good for bone health. And for the kids who are hesitant to eat their fruit, this yummy breakfast also ensures they're getting most of their recommended daily intake. Just be prepared for breakfast to be a lot easier moving forward because the kids are probably going to ask for this every day since it tastes more like a treat than a well-balanced breakfast.

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