My boys love smoothies. We recently bought a Vitamix blender and make smoothies all the time, especially for breakfast. It’s turned into something of a tradition at our house. Even though I try to encourage the healthy green smoothies, they usually won’t touch those. 😉 They really like “pink” smoothies aka ones that have berries in them. In order to make their smoothies healthier, I have to get creative by adding California yogurt and California milk.
Why California? California is the number one dairy state in the US, producing more milk, butter and ice cream than any other state and is the 2nd largest producer of cheese and yogurt. I bet you’ve seen the seals while grocery shopping at your local grocery store.
Many California dairy products are sold nationally. 99% of California dairies are family-owned. When you look for and buy products with the Real California Milk and cheese seals you know that your dairy products are made from 100 percent California milk from California’s over 1500 dairy families. That’s so cool! (Click here for a list of all the California dairy products and here for a list of all the California cheeses).
I grew up on California dairy. Many of my favorite recipes are recipes I grew up making with my mom and include dairy. Now I’m teaching my boys how they can add protein and flavor to their diets by adding California dairy products. This smoothie is one of my boys’ very favorites. We make it all the time for breakfast. It’s not only delicious, but it’s healthy! It includes California milk and California yogurt. By using a whole cup of yogurt, healthy cultures and vitamins are added as well as a whopping 10 grams of protein – all to something that they will drink! Making smoothies has turned into a tradition with them and I love it.
I’m super excited because next week, I’ll be going to BlogHer Food ’14 in Miami, FL and the California Milk Advisory Board will be there! California is the number one dairy state and the number one producer of Hispanic dairy products, so it’s time to celebrate May (the unofficial Hispanic dairy month) and all things Hispanic dairy!
The California Milk Advisory Board has partnered with Giorgio Rapicavoli, a renowned Miami chef and co-owner of the wildly successful Eating House Restaurant in Coral Gables, FL and Taperia Raca, a Spanish tapas bar. Chef Giorgio will host a lively and tasty interactive demo on May 16 from 3:15pm-4pm. I am so excited to learn tips and techniques for cooking with California Hispanic dairy products from a professional!
Good Morning Smoothie
- 1/2 an orange
- 1 cup plain nonfat California yogurt
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup California milk
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. agave syrup
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and combined. Pour into glasses and enjoy!