At breakfast time, the need to get kids out the door quickly often means that great nutrition is an afterthought. In the midst of a chaotic morning, it can feel much easier to hand off a cereal bar on the way to the car or grab a muffin at the coffee shop. Though convenient, many quick breakfast options contain as much sugar as a typical dessert and offer up very little in the way of protein. Happily, it just takes a little bit of planning to make a breakfast that’s both quick and nutritious.
Mixed-Berry Smoothie Bowls with Toasted Coconut and Pepitas
For frostier smoothies, freeze peeled bananas ahead of time or add a few extra ice cubes.
1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
3/4 cup blueberries, plus more for topping
1 banana, preferably frozen
1 cup milk
1/2 cup parsley
1 cup ice
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw, hulled pepitas
In the pitcher of a blender, combine the strawberries, blueberries, banana, milk, parsley, and ice. Blend until smooth.
Next, heat a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Toast the shredded coconut for 1 – 2 minutes, or until a light, golden brown. Next, toast the pepitas, just until they start to pop, about 30 seconds.
Pour smoothie into a wide bowl and top with reserved blueberries, toasted coconut, and pepitas.