Works For Me Wednesday: Blue Monkey Smoothie

Here’s a go-to breakfast at our house: the Blue Monkey Smoothie. Pour one cup of milk into a blender and add one cup vanilla (or your choice of) yogurt. Add chunks of frozen banana (one-half to a whole, depending how you like the texture) and one cup frozen blueberries. Then add one packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast (although I used vanilla-flavored protein powder this morning) and blend. Makes 2 servings.

This recipe’s great because it gets the kids fruit and low-fat dairy without them hardly noticing. I serve it often during standardized testing week because it has a good amount of protein. And it’s a great way to use up all those bananas that turn too brown for the kids to eat. I just peel them and drop them whole into a ziptop freezer bag. For the smoothie, I break them into chunks inside the bag (so my hands don’t get gooey) and dump them into the blender.

For more great ideas, check out Rocks in My Dryer.

About Kathleen

Kathleen Heuer is a serial arts advocate and volunteer. She is the mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a brilliant nuclear engineer, and referee between her golden retriever and her hissy 18-year-old cat. For more, go to
This entry was posted in Family, Works for Me Wednesday and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Works For Me Wednesday: Blue Monkey Smoothie

  1. screamofcontinuousness says:

    of course you can always take those brown bananas and freeze them (peeled and mushed up of course) to be used in banana bread later on.

    good smoothie trick. and if your kids like frozen yogurt or popsicles: just put the smoothie in the freezer in those popsicle molds. Tada!

  2. sandwiched says:

    Ooh, good idea! My kids didn’t finish their smoothies this morning….

  3. amester says:

    great idea-always looking for new ways to get great stuff into my little ones

  4. Strawberries are in season too. Banana strawberry smoothies. Yum!

    I’m giving surfing lessons today. Come see! 😀

  5. I love to make smoothies, but had never thought to freeze the bananas! Sounds great!

  6. Faith says:

    Oooohhh… sounds good for kids. Personally, I think I’ll make mine all chocolate. Maybe add a banana to make it a cho. covered banana. You sure do come up with great ideas. BTY. Also would be great for older individuals to get nutritional needs met. That’s always hard. Do you think if made and frozen, then thawed and mixed later, it would still taste as good as when first made?

  7. jenuinejen says:

    That sounds really good. I love Carnation Instant Breakfast.

  8. sandwiched says:

    Faith: I think once they’re frozen, they’d be great that way. But when my kids let a frozen one thaw, it’s not very good…a texture thing.

  9. Kirstin says:

    This sounds yummy! My oldest daughter just loves smoothies and makesat least 2 a day!

  10. Pingback: WFMW: Banana Bread « Sandwiched

  11. Pingback: After School Snacks : The Finer Things in Life

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s