Dairy-free berry smoothie

Breakfast and dinner are always easy meals to plan in our household.  Lunch is a whole other story!  I feel like we are always running in the door after a morning of errand running, school pick ups, play dates etc and lunch can seem chaotic most days.  I love finding lunch options that are quick, healthy, and kid approved.  That’s why we love smoothies around here.  I usually make a huge one for my lunch, and serve a small one for the boys in addition to whatever they are eating.  There is no better feeling than seeing your kids chug down their fruits and veggies for the day all in one sitting!  I also like to add ground flax seed.  Flax seed is rich in several important compounds including omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytochemicals, all of which have very important health benefits and should be included in a nutritious diet.  To reap all of the health benefits of flax seed, it’s recommended that you eat 1-2 tablespoons a day.  Here is a smoothie I put together today that turned out delicious!  I like to experiment with different fruit/veggie combos usually based on what I have on hand, and this one passed the test by both me and the boys!

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INGREDIENTS:

Blend the following on high speed until smooth:

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s frozen fancy berry mix (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

1/4 cup Trader Joe’s frozen pineapple bits

1 large handful of Kale

1/4 cup Almond Smooth almond milk

1/2 ripe banana

1 T. ground flax seed

Ice & water

ENJOY!!  *Those of you on the Advocare 24 day challenge- this recipe is approved for both the cleanse and Max phase

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