Living

Three smoothies for breakfast-on-the-go

Whether you have an active day ahead of you, or you’ll be sitting at your desk, these nutritious smoothies from Chatelaine’s Test Kitchen will keep you powered up

Start your day with…

Breakfast on-the-go shake

For extra fuel in the morning, potassium-rich bananas and fibre-packed rolled oats are the perfect match.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 shake

Ingredients
* 1 cup vanilla soy beverage
* 1 fresh or frozen ripe banana
* 1/4 cup ( 50 mL) uncooked, quick-cooking rolled oats

Whirl all ingredients in a blender until as smooth as you like.

Get through the mid-day slump with…

Papaya smoothie

This sweet-tasting smoothie will top out your daily vitamin C intake; and it’ll perk you up for less than 150 calories per cup.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Makes 4 cups (1 L)

Ingredients

* 1 cup (250 mL) crushed ice or 6 ice cubes
* 1 ripe papaya, peeled
* 2 tbsp (30 mL) liquid honey
* 2 cups (500 mL) plain yogurt
* Pinch of ground ginger (optional)

If your food processor or blender cannot be used for crushing ice, place ice in a plastic bag, then wrap in a clean tea towel and use a hammer to coarsely crush. Place crushed ice in bowl of a food processor or blender. Slice papaya in half. Discard seeds. Coarsely chop and add to food processor or blender with honey, yogurt and ginger. Blend until smooth and frothy, about 2 minutes. Pour into tall chilled glasses.

Drink anytime for a nutritional boost…

Bone chiller
Loaded with calcium and protein, this creamy shake will give your bones – and your body – a boost.

Preparation time 5 minutes
Makes 2 (1-1/4-cup/300-mL) servings

Ingredients

* 1/2 cup ( 125 mL) low-fat vanilla yogurt
* 1 cup ( 250 mL) vanilla soy beverage or regular soy beverage
* 1/2 tsp ( 2 mL) vanilla
* 1/3 cup ( 75 mL) diced pitted prunes, rehydrated, if necessary
* 1 banana, preferably frozen, peeled and sliced
* 2 ice cubes, crushed

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.