Strawberry Peach Swirled Smoothies

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Strawberry Peach Swirled Smoothie

Breakfast was never my favorite meal. All through grade school and high school, I was so anxious in the mornings and had to get up so early that I couldn’t sit down to one of those stereotypical TV breakfasts. You know, the ones where the whole family sits down to spread of freshly squeezed orange juice, eggs, bacon, toast, and fresh fruit. Yeah, who actually does that?

In order to get something in my stomach before school, Mom okayed a breakfast of store bought cookies. I perused the cookie aisle, chose what I wanted, and choked down one. Maybe one and a half.

Carnation Breakfast Essentials

Strawberry Peach Swirled Smoothie

But now, I’m an adult and I need to start my day with a hearty, healthy breakfast that will give me energy through the day. Oatmeal is a good go-to staple, but a girl can only eat so much oatmeal before she gets bored. Enter smoothies. The flavor possibilities are endless. But smoothies can be a little light on nutrients, namely protein. That’s why Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder is an awesome addition.

Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder adds 21 vitamins and minerals, 13 grams of protein, and as much calcium as a six ounce cup of yogurt. Plus it is super easy to prepare and has great flavor. I chose the French Vanilla and am now addicted to the rich flavor it added to my smoothie, but it also comes in Rich Milk Chocolate, Classic Chocolate Malt, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Sensation, and a variety pack. Definitely a flavor for every taste! If you want some recipe ideas for the different flavors, check out Carnations Breakfast Essential’s recipes. You can also visit their Facebook page – I’m sure you’ll want to give them a like after trying Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder.

Strawberry Peach Swirled Smoothie

Plus, right now Kroger has a coupon for Carnation Breakfast Essentials, so it’s even more tempting to check them out. Look for Carnation Breakfast Essentials offers here.  I do a lot of grocery shopping at Kroger and was thrilled to pick these up on my latest shopping trip.

To make these smoothies even more interesting, I made two different smoothies: one strawberry banana and one peach. Then I swirled them together. If you don’t have all these ingredients on hand or are in a huge hurry, feel free to make only one flavor smoothie or swap in your favorite fruits. Maybe Breakfast isn’t so bad after all!

Strawberry Peach Swirled Smoothie

Strawberry Peach Swirled Smoothies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-4 smoothies


Strawberry Smoothie

2 bananas, cut into pieces and frozen

12 medium to large strawberries, coarsely chopped

1 cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)

1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials French Vanilla Powder

Peach Smoothie

2 large frozen peaches, sliced (about 2 cups)

1 ½ cups milk (I used almond, use what you love)

1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials French Vanilla Powder


Make the strawberry smoothie. In the carafe of a powerful blender or the bowl of a food processor place the bananas. Blend until chopped into tiny pieces. Add the milk and blend until bananas have a creamy, ice cream like texture. Add strawberries and Carnations Breakfast Essentials Powder and blend until fully combined. Pour into a vessel and serve or make the next smoothie.

Rinse and dry the blender or food processor well. Make the peach smoothie. In the same blender or food processor, place the peaches. Process until they have are chopped into tiny pieces. Add the milk and Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder and blend until fully combined and creamy.

To swirl the smoothies, hold a glass or mug of the strawberry smoothie in one hand and a glass or mug of the peach smoothie in the other hand. Pour them into another glass at the same time, so they sit side by side. Serve immediately.

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  1. Back in high school, I used to drink Carnation Instant Breakfast every single day! I think that was about 15 years ago, so it’s been a long time since I’ve had it and I wonder if I’d still love it. I have a feeling I would if it was made into a pretty smoothie like this!!

    • It’s so funny how we go through phases like that. Let me know if you try these smoothies and how you like Carnation now.

  2. Oe I love me some smoothies and these look so cute!! xoxo

  3. I have never tried breakfast essentials, will have to look into it. Your smoothie looks so fun and yummy too.

  4. Debbie Eccard says:

    It; looks delicious!! I love smoothies.

  5. What a great smoothie.. I’ve been trying to do the same thing with a mango and kiwi smoothie to make them look like this in a glass.. and found it so difficult.. Your idea is really good.

  6. Such a pretty smoothie! Love the flavor combination and that swirl. I have to try that Carnation Essentials powder. I’m always looking for ways to add more calcium and protein into my diet. 🙂

  7. This smoothie sounds delicious Laura! I love the swirl of both smoothies – it looks so pretty 🙂

  8. Yummmm!!! I love the combination 🙂

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