Strawberry Mocha Smoothie [featuring Carnation Breakfast Essentials]

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign, featuring my Strawberry Mocha Smoothie recipe, with Pollinate Media Group® and Nestle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastEssentials

Strawberry Mocha Smoothie

I’m quite the smoothie maker these days.  Since adding the Ninja Ultima Blender to my countertop, it’s one of my favorite ways to sneak in a fresh, cold treat during the day.  I know that lots of people enjoy a delicious smoothie for breakfast, but I often skip that route because I just can’t give up my morning cup of coffee.  That is, until I created a delicious morning smoothie that’s perfect for me – my Strawberry Mocha Smoothie featuring Breakfast Essentials!

You see – if I am going to prefer another drink to my morning cup of joe – it better have some coffee right in it!  There are a ton of variations you can do with this smoothie, but I prefer to keep it simple – it’s early in the morning, you know!  And as of lately, I’ve been adding a bit extra to the frozen strawberries and almond milk combo – Carnation Breakfast Essentials.

Breakfast Essentials Strawberry Mocha Smoothie

I picked up a canister of Carnation Breakfast Essentials at Walmart a few days ago, with a $1 off coupon in hand.  I was amazed at the benefits of adding this nutrient packed drink mix into my morning routine.  I’m talking 21 vitamins and minerals, 13g of Protein, and as much calcium as a 6oz cup of yogurt!  Breakfast Essentials is a complete nutritional drink by itself – it easily dissolves in milk [the girls are loving it!], but I thought I could use the added benefits of so many vitamins and minerals to my already yummy smoothie.  Plus, it’s chocolate, y’all!  Enough said, right?

Jumpstart Mornings Breakfast Essentials

Although I admit, I rarely get to enjoy a deliciously creamy Strawberry Mocha Smoothie out of a mason jar on my back deck, it does happen… rarely.  I’m usually sipping right out of my Ninja Single Serve Glass as I drive Sophia to preschool or chase Moreaya down the hall to get her clothes on for the day.  That’s the beauty of motherhood!

Strawberry Mocha Smoothie Ingredients

Are you ready to enjoy a delicious Strawberry Mocha Smoothie?

Strawberry Mocha Smoothie

This smoothie is a delight in the mornings, with those extra vitamins, minerals, and protein powering you through your busy day. Enjoy a thicker version by adding frozen bananas, if you desire. Adjust the coffee depending on your daily java addiction!

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  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 8 Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/2 tbsp Coffee Grounds [adjust to your taste - this is pretty strong]
  • 1/3 cup Carnation Breakfast Essentials


  1. Layer your ingredients in your blender and blend! ENJOY!
Recipe Type: Drink

Strawberry Smoothie Breakfast Essentials

Of course, my Strawberry Mocha Smoothie isn’t the only way to enjoy Carnation Breakfast Essentials.  Mix it with your choice of milk or check out even more smoothie recipes on the Carnation website.

How would you take your Strawberry Mocha Smoothie – Heavy Strawberry, Heavy Coffee, or Heavy Chocolate?


  1. Oh this sounds AMAZING!!!! Im such a chocolate freak and this is a great wau to get it without tipping the scales ;) Thanks for the great recipe!!
  2. This sounds delicious! I'll have to try this with my instant breakfast drink powder. I don't know why that didn't occur to me before. I love the idea of strawberries and chocolate together!
  3. I would enjoy experimenting with the ingredients - I love smoothies and appreciate ways to make them with less mess and production. I never noticed Carnation Breakfast essentials before, but I want t try it for smoothies!!!

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