Start Your Mornings Off Right, With A Power Smoothie!

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It’s no secret I am busy.  Between working from home, playing taxi to kids, coaching a cheer team, taking dance, and doing whatever else daily life throws my way, I don’t have a lot of free time.  Which has meant for me, in the past, skipping breakfast because I was busy making sure my kids got fed and off to school with everything they need.  Before I know it, it’s time to go pick them up.  Skipping breakfast is not a good thing, so I try to resort to quick and easy, which is why I love smoothies.

Carnation Instant Breakfast

I headed to my local Walmart to pick up some Carnation Breakfast Essentials Power, so my mornings could have more of a great start.   Smoothies are a quick and easy way for me to get breakfast and I can take it with me on the go.   Carnation Breakfast Essentials are the perfect ingredient for me to make a power smoothie that I enjoy!

Smoothie Ingredients

I love that Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder provides 21 Vitamins & Minerals, 13g of Protein, and as Much Calcium as a 6 oz cup of yogurt.  When I add my favorite fruits and veggies, it’s makes the best power smoothie, and a healthy way to start my day!

Breakfast Smoothie

I don’t like complicated and a ton of ingredients for breakfast (I have to deal with that at dinner time), so my power smoothie includes just six items.  Since it only takes about 4 minutes to make, from start to finish,  it means this on-the-go mom has breakfast in almost an instant.

Fruit SmoothieCarnation Breakfast Essentials

I opt for the chocolate flavor, because I am a chocoholic, but if chocolate isn’t your thing…no worries.  Carnation Breakfast Essentiasl® comes in several flavors: Rich Milk Chocolate, Classic French Vanilla, Classic Chocolate Malt, Strawberry Sensation, and the variety pack which has multiple flavors.  So, you can  customize your flavors.

Today, I am sharing my recipe with you using the Rich Milk Chocolate flavor, but feel free to change it out with your favorite flavor!

Power Breakfast Smoothie

Power Breakfast Smoothie Recipe


  • 1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials
  • 3/4 cup spinach
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup ice

Pour all ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth.

I will sometimes swap out the spinach for kale or add them both, to really get a good “green” start to my day. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder is such an easy solution for my busy mornings.   I also love giving them to my soon to be high schooler, who is in weight lifting.  It is a great quick and nutritious snack, for him, between school and weight lifting.

Find Carnation Breakfast Essentials® at your local Walmart and be sure to use this coupon to save a little when you shop! While I shared my own personal recipe, you can find more yummy ways to use Carnation Breakfast Essentials® here.  Don’t forget to check them out on facebook to keep up with the latest news, recipes, and specials

What are some of your favorite smoothie ingredients?

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  1. 1

    I like that you snuck some spinach in there. It’s so healthy, but it’s hard to get it in sometimes, but this is a great way to get it in 🙂

  2. 2

    At first the spinach threw me for a loop, but I am totally getting this flavor combo now and appreciate that it’s a healthier option. Looks delish!

  3. 3

    Ohhh! I definitely need to try this recipe. Sounds amazing.

  4. 4

    You had me at spinach! I love, love, LOVE spinach and have a recipe very similar to this one even right down the the Almond Breeze almond milk 🙂

    I really need to start making these for my own breakfast because I’m not a breakfast person and I know it’s bad to skip it.

  5. 5

    I adore Carnation drinks, I’m going to have to try this tomorrow – we have smoothies daily in this house! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. 6

    I so need to try this! We have a ton of spinach in our garden ready for the picking.

  7. 7

    I have never added spinach to my smoothies. I wonder if you can taste it.

  8. 8

    That’s the way to start off a day. Love all the flavors together!

  9. 9

    Yes, this is the best!!!! You definitely do not even notice the spinach! Never tried it with blueberries, I will have to soon.

  10. 10

    I love how healthy this is! I have been trying to have better breakfasts.

  11. 11

    These are yummy on their own. I never thought of using it to make a smoothie, great idea!

  12. 12

    That looks delicious! I’d like one of those on a busy morning I think.

  13. 13

    Mmm, this looks absolutely delicious!!! I love making power smoothies! 🙂

  14. 14

    oh this sounds great, what an awesome way to “hide” veggies for my kids!

  15. 15

    Oh I love that smoothie! I loving throwing in spinach and blueberries in my smoothies for breakfast! Never thought about adding the carnation breakfast mix!

  16. 16

    We love Carnation instant breakfast – it is the only way I get one of my kids protein in the morning.

  17. 17

    That looks so delicious!

  18. 18

    I love mangoes in my smoothies.Yum!

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