in Essential Ramblings

Notice I didn’t say “good” morning….because it rarely is.  I am not a morning person and my children have inherited that trait.  They have been trying this year and are almost pulling off a semi-positive attitude, but my older son just started Middle School, and man, that bus comes EARLY.  Not as early as most of his friends are dealing with, but early for us.  It’s unbelievably painful and the wait between kids is nearly a full ridiculous hour.  At least I am not trying to get everyone ready at the same time, which honestly is nice.  Anyway, my newest solution to a non-complaining breakfast has been “the smoothy” — a quick glass full of fruits that they see as a treat, and surprisingly, getting a blender out first thing in the morning is actually really not that big of a deal.  Here’s a good recipe for those interested in delving in this brave new world…

Fruit Shake

Turn fruit into a fun shake that`s good for breakfast or snack time.  To make it the most appealing, use your kids` favorite fruits like bananas and berries or whatever is in season as they tend to be the sweetest.


1/2 cup naturally sweetened juice like apple or berry
1/2 cup milk, yogurt or soy milk
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
1/2 teaspoon of honey (optional– taste fruit for sweetness first)
3 ice cubes (if fresh fruit)

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass and serve!  **Brought to you by the BVESA nutritional committee.

If you are feeling kind or especially like you need a good bribe, add a scoop of ice cream….What? It’s dairy!