Looking for that perfect healthy go-to breakfast for your kids that’s quick and easy to make, tastes delicious, and doesn’t break the bank? You’ve just stumbled onto the answer to your parenting prayers. After testing different kinds of smoothies, and different variations of this one, we’ve put together what is probably the fan favorite as far as breakfast smoothies for kids go. Not only is this thing nutrient-packed, it’s absolutely delicious.
Here’s the question though: what exactly is a “breakfast smoothie” and what makes them different than any other smoothie? That’s easy: a healthy breakfast smoothie should be focused on both nutrients and energy, or carbs. Sure, any strawberry and mango smoothie might get the job done, but those kinds of smoothies burn up fast. You want something that will fill your kid’s tummy and also provide them with a burst of energy that will carry them through the day, or at least until they get to lunch!
- 1 banana
- A couple pitted dates
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 tablespoons of organic creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Large scoop of ice (add more for extra volume)
The combination of bananas and dates make the perfect smooth fruity flavor that’s a staple in many kinds of workout smoothies, while the peanut butter and oats add calories and protein. Add a dash of cinnamon and you have on your hands a breakfast sensation. Serves two little ones, or is the perfect size for a teenager to enjoy. Or you once you realize how tasty and convenient they are!
Health Benefits of Dates
Out of all of the key ingredients in this breakfast smoothie, dates are probably the one that ties it all together. Why? They are one of the most underrated power foods on the market. Not only are they simply delicious, but their nutrient content is extremely valuable for us. You could almost say dates are perfect for our bodies.
This isn’t really a stretch. If you look at our biology, and then you look at the date, you realize that this kind of fruit probably made up a disproportionately large percent of our natural diet millions of years ago. Small, luscious fruit that grows in plenty, is highly concentrated with minerals and fiber, and doesn’t require much work to eat, fits the description for our optimal food in the wild.
This might be one of the reasons why they taste so good to us: they have the dead on perfect combination of nutrients, sugar, texture, and density that our bodies are looking for on a primal, genetic level. These little fruits pack a punch, don’t overlook them! Not only do they have many of the nutrients we need, such as calcium and magnesium, they also have a ton of vitamins, like A, K, and much of the B-complex. Adding them to a smoothie is never a bad idea, as they aid our digestive processes, nourish our body, and provide plenty of energy.
Antioxidant Power of Cinnamon
Don’t forget about that little bit of cinnamon we added. This spice has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and is actually a potent immune system support, and overall tonic for the body. When you hear the term “antioxidant” it’s natural to think of berries like acai and blueberry, but did you know that cinnamon actually ranks as number 1 in antioxidant content? It routinely outperforms other so-called “superfoods” even ones with a more powerful reputation.
It also contains vital trace phyto-nutrients, anti-inflammatory properties that aid in bodily healing and balance, and is proven to be good for the heart, as it lowers blood pressure. We commonly think of it as something tasty to put in our food, but cinnamon is actually one of the highest selling nutritional herbal supplements on the market right now, for very good reason. It’s simply a powerful natural food, and fits this smoothie perfectly.
Give this breakfast smoothie a try the next time you are scrambling around, trying to do a hundred things in the morning. Not only is it likely to be a hit, you’ll be helping your family stay healthy!