First-Day-of-School Smoothies

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This was actually a post I wrote for Babycenter two years ago on our first day of school. It’s too funny not to share. I wonder how today’s picture will compare? It’s about 6am here and I’m enjoying the quiet before the chaos of this year begins. To another year…they’re starting to go so quickly.


Our first day of school is off to an interesting start. Behold:

first day of school

One day we’ll laugh about this, right?

Carter is…elated. He has dubbed himself King of (Pre) Kindergarten. His loyal subjects will adore him, he’s sure.

Kate is a wreck. If you read my post yesterday, it’s no surprise that she’s tied up in knots with nerves. She cried on our walk to school. I cried on our walk to school. We both cried as we hugged good-bye. Some example I am.

(Also, I may or may not have snuck back up during the school assembly to give her a hug.)

In any case, the only thing anyone could be happy about this morning was our First-Day-of-School Smoothies. During the school year, these make a regular appearance in the breakfast roation because they’re quick, easy, filling, nutritious and — drum roll — everyone in the house likes them. (That’s a major feat around here.)

It’s not a rocket science recipe, but it’s really easy and good so I thought I’d share.

First-Day-of-School Smoothies

First-Day-of-School Smoothies


2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (optional)

3/4 cup juice (any kind)

2 heaping cups frozen mixed berries

half a banana

1 cup plain Greek yogurt


Place protein powder and juice in a blender and shake to dissolve powder slightly. Add berries, banana and yogurt. (At this point, I usually refrigerate overnight so the berries thaw and we get their natural juices, but you don't have to. If you don't, you may need to add more liquid.) Blend until smooth.

Makes 4 small servings.

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