I heart frosted mini-wheats. I am now, and always have been, a cereal kind o’ gal. Cheerios, Honey Bunches of Oats, Raisin Bran, any random kashi or old-lady-Fiber-One-type cereal… you name it, I’ll eat it. Given my druthers, I’ll sit down to a bowl of cereal any day of the week (for any meal of the week), just as happily as if I had a wholesome home-cooked meal. I just like cereal. Its sort of like comfort food to me. Not as comfort-like as say, mac and cheese, but its close.
Admittedly, from time to time, I do try to eat a bit healthier (ie: get a few fruits and veggies into me – see my Asparagus Soup attempts.)
I recently decided that my go-to breakfast of choice needed a makeover. Well, if not a total makeover (because I’ll never abandon my beloved mini-wheats), the introduction of something perhaps a bit more nutritionally sound.
Perusing online, I found a bunch of breakfast smoothie recipes. Many were all fruit and yogurt varities (happy to have that on a hot summer afternoon, but not my smoothie of choice at 6am.) Others were all sort of all “green” smoothies with nothing but spinach, kale and wheat germ in them (no comment really necessary on those kinds.) Neither of those options sounded particularly appealing to me. So, I went out on a limb (ie: threw a bunch of random crap in the blender) and came up with this smoothie.
My Frosted-Mini-Wheat-Alternative-Smoothie (FMWAS):
- 1 frozen banana sliced (I wait til my bananas are at the totally-brown-and-look-like-they-need-to-be-composted stage and just slice them up and throw them in a ziplock bag in the freezer – then I have them on hand whenever I get a banana muffin baking urge or in this case, a smoothie attack)
- a heaping tablespoon of almond butter
- 2 teaspoons of flax seed (I keep a container of ground flax seed in the freezer – helps keeps it from going rancid – ask me how I learned this trick.)
- 2 teaspoons of protein powder
- 3/4 cup of milk
- a few ice cubes
- a few handfuls of spinach
- a splash of honey
Throw it all in the blender and blend away…
It was great – the flavor of the almond butter and banana was pure deliciousness. And while the spinach did turn the whole smoothie a puke-like shade of green, I really couldn’t even taste it. That may mean I didn’t add enough spinach, but I’m sort of cool with that.
Protein, veggies and fruit all in one.
Now, if only I could get someone to wash the puke-like looking residue out of the blender…