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This green kefir smoothie with granola is packed with nutrients like spinach, avocado, and flax for a hearty and filling breakfast recipe. Pair with Nature Made® Vitamin D3 Adult Gummies for a wholesome start to the day.
So here we are, a few days into the fall season. Are you secretly (or not-so-secretly) excited that summer’s over? Or are you savoring the last remnants of hot weather for as long as you can?
As it turns out I’m a little bit of both. How’s that for non-committal? Summer brings with it all sorts of outdoor fun, tasty treats, and last-minute plans, but by the end I’m craving routine like crazy. A part of it definitely comes from all of the holidays that fall right in a row. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…we go from anticipation of one thing to the next.
But I’ll stop there because I don’t want to get ahead of myself and wish fall away!
Having a routine goes beyond being able to fill out my weekly planner, but helps me stay on track with my health and wellness goals, too. In particular I find a morning routine important because fueling up with wholesome foods and allotting time to exercise before the day gets busy sets me up to be productive.
That, and a mug or two of coffee. 😉
Some parts of a routine are necessary but not exactly joyful (like hauling the garbage out to the curb in the early morning), while others I can’t wait to partake in. One routine that falls into the second category is taking my Nature Made® Vitamin D3 Adult Gummies. They are the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Letter Vitamin Brand based on US News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey of pharmacists recommending in the category, and these gummies are USP Verified for potency, purity, and quality. In fact, Nature Made® has the first Vitamin D3 gummies certified by USP for purity and potency.
These gummies contain 2000 IU of vitamin D3 per serving. Did you know that vitamin D3 is the body’s preferred form of vitamin D?* *It’s more effective than vitamin D2 at raising and maintaining adequate levels of circulating vitamin D in the body.† Nature Made® Vitamin D3 Adult Gummies also help support bone, teeth, muscle, and immune health†, as well as help improve calcium absorption.†
All of that goodness and I didn’t even mention the taste yet! They come in three all-natural flavors – strawberry, peach, and mango – with each tasting way more like a treat than a vitamin. Definitely makes it easy to remember to take them every day! All in all, they’re a gummy you can trust and feel good about working into your daily routine.
I’m the kind of person that thinks about breakfast from the moment I wake up, so pairing my vitamins with something good to eat is the first step in getting my day going. There are lots of healthy breakfast options out there, but I’ve become partial to smoothies. They’re a one-stop-shop kind of recipe when it comes to nutrition, and are flexible based on what ingredients you have on hand. Plus they’re travel mug-friendly if you’re on-the-go.
This green kefir smoothie with granola packs in so many nutrients and has a ton of staying power. <– essential when it comes to breakfast.
One smoothie includes:
- Baby spinach and banana for a variety of nutrients.
- Kefir for probiotics and calcium.
- Avocado for good fats.
- Ground flaxseed for fiber and omega-3s.
- and granola for carbs and heft.
This green kefir smoothie with granola is for you if you’re the type of person who doesn’t need a smoothie to be overly-sweet. Potential sweetness here can come from three ingredients – the banana, the kefir, and the granola.
Kefir is a cultured milk product similar to a more liquid-y yogurt that features probiotics and calcium. I typically use a plain, no-sugar-added variety for this kefir smoothie, but there are differing flavors and levels of sweetness out there for you to choose from. Next up is the banana. The riper the banana you use, the sweeter this smoothie will be. I recommend a fairly ripe one! Then for the granola. Only one-quarter of a cup is included in this recipe, but you can get creative with your flavors to mix-and-match this smoothie to fit your tastes. The granola adds thickness to this smoothie that I find to be so satisfying.
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- 1 cup baby spinach leaves, packed
- 3/4 cup kefir
- One-quarter of a ripe avocado
- 1 medium banana, very ripe
- 1/4 cup granola
- 1 heaping tbsp ground flaxseed
- 8 ice cubes, to your desired thickness
- Add baby spinach and kefir to a blender and blend until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
- Add avocado, banana, granola, ground flaxseed, and ice and blend until smooth. Add additional ice and/or kefir if you'd like a thinner smoothie.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.