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The Family Dinner Recipe: Purple Power Breakfast Shake

Breastcancer.org is proud to present recipes from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt (Grand Central Life & Style, 2010). Laurie is a very special friend and champion of Breastcancer.org. We’re pleased to share Laurie and Kirstin’s delicious, healthy recipes as part of Think Pink, Live Green!

Breakfast is important. Who can concentrate with a noisy tummy? Who can learn if their brain is craving nutrition? Who has time to make a breakfast that is healthy, full of vitamins, fiber, and protein? You do!

Just keep these few ingredients in your pantry and freezer, then you can start the day off right with a tasty power shake to feed the body, warm the heart, and free the mind from snack attacks until it’s time for lunch.

You Need:

½ banana (potassium, vitamins, and love)
½ cup frozen blueberries (a superfood with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon ( to help metabolize sugar and both anti-oxidant, anti fungal, and anti-inflammatory)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds for adults (1/2-1 teaspoons for little kids; 1-2 teaspoons for big kids), for your heart and brain, for fiber and omegas
1 cup 2% milk, almond or soy milk (for calcium and protein)
2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter; do make sure to get the kind without any additives like sugar (for antioxidants, minerals, protein, and power)

To make 1 serving:

Just put everything into the blender, hit the switch, let it run until smooth.

Cooks tip: After you have gotten into the habit of drinking these, be bold, add a small handful spinach or kale as well, blend well and all you will taste is a new vigor for life.

Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt

Laurie David is an author and producer who works on a variety of environmental, food, and agricultural issues. Her most recent book, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, is an inspirational, practical, and green guide to the vital family dinner ritual and how to accomplish it in today’s busy world. Laurie was a producer on the 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth and the HBO documentary Too Hot NOT to Handle, and executive produced the TBS comedy special Earth to America! She also authored the bestselling book Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! and co-authored The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming. A regular blogger on the Huffington Post, Laurie has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. She was named a 2006 Glamour Woman of the Year and has been profiled in People, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle, Wired, House & Garden, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. Kirstin Uhrenholdt grew up on a fruit-farm in Denmark, pickin’ n’ pruning and making pie. She then, by a stroke of good luck, ended up on a cargo ship to Greenland, doing among other things a lot of dishes, a lot — more than you can imagine. She escaped and became a beer wench in Appenzelle, Switzerland, where they speak a language no one understands. Eventually she landed in L.A. where, lo and behold, she was kidnapped by some actors, some heavy rockers, and some kosher people. Presently she is living happily ever after.

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