Aug 18

Easy Smoothie Recipe // An Easier Morning Routine Starts With… Me

Easy Smoothie Recipe

I'll be the first to admit that mornings can be a bit rough around here... often hectic and stressful, which doesn't exactly set the tone for a productive day -- for me or for my kids.

Things are complicated even more now with two of my kids heading off to middle school and the other three split between two elementary schools. Starting the year off right with a simple yet effective routine is going to be essential.

I felt like we were finally getting things under control toward the end of last year -- after I had a slightly embarrassing but spot-on realization. The reason our morning routine didn't always go as planned, usually started with my own shortcomings.

I've never been a morning person, but getting myself off on the right foot to start the day, almost always results in a more organized and pleasant morning for my family. Getting plenty of sleep and waking up a few minutes before the kids need to be up, gives me the breathing room and energy I need to get the rest of the family up and going for the day.

Along with plenty of sleep, my daily vitamins and a simple breakfast are also key items each morning -- and coffee, of course...

Morning Routine Vitamins

If you read my other blog, you might recall that I recently added a vitamin regimen to my diet. I used the VitaSelect tool on to determine what vitamins were essential to add to my diet, and I've stuck with it for about 4 months now with fantastic results. To ensure that I don't run out, I've made a recurring reminder on my calendar to pick a new batch up at the beginning of each month.

Smoothie Recipe

While I'm not a big breakfast person, I also feel like it's important that I have a little something before tackling getting the kids off the school. Smoothies are the perfect solution, and this easy smoothie recipe is a family favorite. I like to add in a little protein powder to make it more filling (Six Star Whey Protein pictured).

Easy Smoothie Recipe

Yield: 5 servings

Serving Size: 8 oz.

Easy Smoothie Recipe


  • 2 cups frozen fruit
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process on the smoothie setting.
  2. Optional: Pour into Ball plastic freezer jars and freeze. Smoothies will keep other packed items cold and thaw in time for lunch.

This easy smoothie recipe makes a big batch, so I actually only need to make it a few times a week. I freeze the remainder in these Ball Plastic Freezer Jars, and then just pop one in the fridge to thaw overnight. My kids also like to pack them in their lunches -- they thaw by lunchtime but keep their lunches cold in the meantime!

First Day of School 2014

Today was their first day back, and I feel like things went very smoothly, but I'm sure that we'll tweak things a bit as needed. This is the first year that all of my kids will be in school all day, so seeing them off was a bit bittersweet, but I'm hoping that the uninterrupted work time during the day will help us maintain more balance overall.

Check out some other tips for how I make the morning routine for my kids easier here, and don't miss my most important tool for making the dreaded homework routine a breeze!

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by Tara | 4 comments

  • Linh Tran

    Lovely, what a great kick-starter for your day, your smoothy! Please remember to drink plenty of water when you consume protein concentrate :)
    I also recently added an avocado-protein smoothy to my morning routine, keeps me all day going. (Actually since I started the paleo meal plan recommended by Tim: - 3 weeks so far, I'm so proud :D )

    Which taste is your protein powder? I've been toying with chocolate and strawberry so far..yummy!

    • I love avocado in smoothies! I typically use a vanilla-flavored protein powder in mine.

  • Ag01

    Just a quick note that whey protein is another word for MSG!! I noticed that you like to be natural. So, just thought I would let you know!!!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! Whey itself is not MSG, but you are correct that a lot of protein powders contain MSG. I should have noted that the Six Star protein powder pictured isn't my usual protein. My favorite is Tera's Whey Organic in the Vanilla Bourbon flavor, but it's harder to find locally. I typically order it off Amazon here:

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